The accolades keep coming for Nebraska’s new football coach.
Scott Frost was announced Wednesday as winner of the 2017 Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, which will be presented to him Thursday at the College Football Awards show in Atlanta. The ceremony will air live on ESPN at 6 p.m.
Frost has also been named one of eight finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, the American Football Coaches Association’s Region 1 Coach of the Year and the unanimous pick for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He’s also one of 16 semifinalists for the George Munger Award.
This all comes after Frost led Central Florida to an undefeated season and conference title in his second year as coach. Frost on Saturday was officially announced as the next Nebraska football coach.
Frost, 42, is the fourth-youngest recipient of the Home Depot award and one of five to get it in his first or second year as a collegiate coach. Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich won it in 1999, his second year leading the Huskers.
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Jan. 4, 1975: Scott Frost was born to parents Larry and Carol. Larry, pictured back left, played football at Nebraska under Bob Devaney. Carol, back center, was the first female Olympian from Nebraska and competed in the discus at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Older brother Steve, back right, played football at Colorado State and Stanford.
1989-93: Scott Frost was a multi-sport athlete at Wood River High School. He was a Parade All-American in football and broke several records that still stand today, including career yardage (11,095) and touchdowns (146). He was also a state champion in the shot put as a senior, winning the all-class gold medal.
1993-94: Despite being recruited by Tom Osborne and Nebraska, Scott Frost chose to go to Stanford and play for former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh. He spent two seasons there before transferring back to Nebraska.
Sept. 21, 1996: In Scott Frost’s second game as the starting quarterback, Nebraska saw its 26-game winning streak come to an end with a 19-0 loss at Arizona State. Frost completed 6 of 21 passes for 66 yards and was sacked for a safety on his final play of the night.
Dec. 7, 1996: Nebraska was back in the national title discussion after winning its next nine games following the Arizona State loss. The Huskers would fall in the Big 12 championship game to Texas, though, before Scott Frost capped his first season as a Husker with an 11-2 record and a victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
Sept. 20, 1997: Scott Frost ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns to defeat No. 2 Washington. The Huskers would reenter the top three of the national rankings and beat another ranked opponent, No. 17 Kansas State, the following week.
Nov. 8, 1997: Scott Frost and the Huskers salvaged their undefeated season at Missouri thanks to the “Flea Kicker.” Matt Davison made a diving catch off a tipped and kicked pass thrown by Frost as time expired to force overtime. NU won the game 45-38.
Jan. 2, 1998: Scott Frost outdueled Peyton Manning as Nebraska dominated Tennessee to win the Orange Bowl and stake its claim for a national championship. Frost is still remembered for his impassioned plea to voters in the coaches poll: “If you can look yourself in the mirror and say if your job depended on playing either Michigan or Nebraska, who would you rather play?” The coaches listened and voted Nebraska No. 1, making the Huskers co-national champs.
Dec. 27, 2002: Scott Frost got his first taste of coaching when he served as a Nebraska graduate assistant for the Independence Bowl against Ole Miss. Frost was on injured reserve with the Green Bay Packers at the time and would return to the NFL the following season before retiring in 2004.
March 2006: Scott Frost landed his first coaching gig when Ron Prince hired him to be a defensive graduate assistant at Kansas State, working with the defensive backs under coordinator Raheem Morris, who coached Frost with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
February 2007: Scott Frost got his first full-time coaching job as linebackers coach at Northern Iowa. He spent three seasons there and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2008.
Nov. 24, 2017: Scott Frost clinched a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game by defeating South Florida. The win capped off an undefeated regular season for a team that went 0-12 the season before he arrived.
Dec. 2, 2017: Scott Frost leads UCF to a 62-55 double overtime win against Memphis in the AAC championship.