UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton's first start came against Maryland in 2016.
He finished the game 21-of-36 for 260 yards and two touchdowns, but also accounted for several turnovers including a fumble at the two-yard line in double overtime that sealed the Knights' fate in a 30-24 loss.
"It's funny," Milton said. "Coach Mario played a whole highlight reel of bad plays from last year's game. We left a lot of plays out there on the field. I felt like we probably could have won the game. It's a new year. They're a better team and we're a better team."
From what he's seen of Maryland on film, Milton sees a faster defense with better coverage.
"Their inside linebacker, No. 1 (Jermaine Carter, Jr.), is pretty good," Milton said. "Their safety, No. 4 (Darnell Savage, Jr.), he flies around pretty well too. Their corners are pretty good as well. All around a pretty good defense. A Big Ten team, big, fast and physical. We've just got to make plays... Obviously they beat a pretty good Texas team. They're good on offense too."
Milton also commented on the news former UCF quarterback Pete DiNovo had transferred to Illinois mid-season for his final year of eligibility.
"I tried giving him a call to wish him luck," Milton said. "I left him a message. Hopefully he'll get back to me. That's my boy. I wish him the best in any endeavors."