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  Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken clavicle on the final play of the Knights' loss Friday night to Louisville. UCF (2-1) announced Saturday that Gabriel would not need surgery, but it gave no timetable for his return. The junior is one of the top quarterbacks in the country. He led the nation in yards passing last season and completed 68.7% of his passes for 814 yards and nine touchdowns. Gabriel was injured with the Knights trailing by a touchdown in the final seconds deep in their own territory as they tried to make a desperation lateral play. He was slammed to the turf on his left throwing shoulder while trying to keep the ball alive. - AP College Football

(DS#22 QB) Jr/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  SEPT 13 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Dillon Gabriel, Jr., QB, UCF,...Had 355 yards of total offense with three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in a 63-14 win against Bethune-Cookman. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Isaiah Bowser ran for four touchdowns and Dillon Gabriel accounted for three more scores as UCF defeated Bethune-Cookman 63-14 on Saturday night. The Knights scored six rushing touchdowns as Trillion Coles and Gabriel also cashed in. Gabriel, the starting quarterback added 332 yards passing and two touchdowns. UCF (2-0) had 290 yards on the ground. Coles led the Knights with 78 yards rushing and Bowser added 59 yards. Shannon Patrick threw for 238 yards and both touchdowns for FCS Bethune-Cookman (0-2). UCF had 671 total yards and 37 first downs while holding the Wildcats to 279 yards with just 24 yards on the ground. - Central Florida/AP College Football

(DS#29 RB) Sr/2022 RB Isaiah BowserCentral Florida
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  09/06/21 - Kalia DavisrSr/2022, Central Florida, 6-1, 310 (DS#54 DT) + More +

  SEPT 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kalia Davis, Sr., DL, UCF,...Davis had six tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry to lead a UCF defense that limited Boise State to 283 yards offense and only 20 rushing yards in a 36-31 win. Davis and the Knights held the Broncos to seven second-half points, allowing UCF to rally from a 21-point first-half deficit. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  SEPT 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Isaiah Bowser, Sr., RB, UCF,...Rushed for a career-high 172 yards with a touchdown and had four catches for 29 yards in a 36-31 win against Boise State. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#29 RB) Sr/2022 RB Isaiah BowserCentral Florida
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  UCF junior defensive lineman Tre'mon Morris-Brash was arrested on campus early Saturday morning for driving under the influence according to public records from the Orange County Clerk of Courts. Morris-Brash was arrested at 2:53 a.m. Saturday morning after it was determined by UCF police officer Arthur King that the football player's normal faculties were impaired while operating a motor vehicle. UCFSports.com was the first to report the arrest. "I am aware of the situation involving Tre'mon Morris-Brash," UCF head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement provided to the Orlando Sentinel. "We are dealing with it appropriately." Morris-Brash appeared in all 10 games, starting four times at defensive end last season for the Knights. He did not appear on the team's two-deep depth chart which was released Wednesday. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Tremon Morris-BashCentral Florida
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  Isaiah Bowser rushed 172 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown with a little over four minutes remaining, and UCF rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Boise State 36-31 on Thursday night in a game that began almost three hours late because of lightning-caused delays. The Knights and Broncos were scheduled to start their game at 7:05 p.m., but multiple lightning strikes that appeared within an 8-mile radius resulted in a 9:45 p.m. kickoff. "I think we learned that no matter what adversity we come through, we can come back, fight back, and win," Bowser said. Boise State stormed out to a 21-0 lead before UCF cut the margin to 24-14 by halftime and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to take its first lead. "They're a bunch of winners - they refuse to let us lose," new head coach Gus Malzahn said. UCF backup safety Dyllon Lester made a game-sealing interception with 2:07 left. - Central Florida/AP College Football

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  Kentucky quarterback transfer Joey Gatewood has received a waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility to play this season at UCF, a team source told the Orlando Sentinel Friday night. Gatewood, who will wear the No. 7 for the Knights, according to the team's online roster, enrolled at UCF this past Monday after announcing his decision to transfer to the Orlando school last weekend.

UCF head coach Gus Malzahn, who originally coached Gatewood at Auburn in 2018 and 2019, called the quarterback "extremely talented" this week. "First of all, Joey is an excellent human being," Malzahn said about Gatewood. "He's a very talented young man that obviously I coached before." The Bartram Trail product began his college career at Auburn under Malzahn, taking a redshirt as a freshman in 2018. The following year Gatewood lost out on the starting quarterback spot to then-freshman Bo Nix and decided to transfer to Kentucky for the 2020 season. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#30 QB) rJr/2023 QB Joey GatewoodCentral Florida
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  UCF head coach Gus Malzahn addressed the addition of quarterback transfer Joey Gatewood to the Knights football program on Tuesday and had high praise for his former player at Auburn. "First of all, Joey is an excellent human being," Malzahn said about Gatewood. "He's a very talented young man that obviously I coached before." Gatewood, who is now officially listed on the team's roster online, announced his decision to transfer to UCF over social media and enrolled at the university on Monday. Gatewood will the wear the uniform No. 7 for UCF according to the roster.

Although he's part of the team and enrolled, it's unclear if Gatewood will be able to earn eligibility to play this season at UCF. The Bartram Trail product began his college career at Auburn under Malzahn taking a redshirt as a freshman in 2018. The following year, Gatewood lost out on the starting quarterback spot to then-freshman Bo Nix, and decided to transfer to Kentucky for the 2020 season. Last year for the Wildcats, Gatewood played in seven games, rushing 25 times for 62 yards and completing 17-of-35 passes for 109 yards with one interception after becoming eligible to play on Sept. 30. Because he's transferred once before, Gatewood needs to apply for a waiver to see the field this season for the Knights due to NCAA rules. "He's not eligible now," Malzahn said. "We'll look at waivers and all that, see what that looks like in the future." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#30 QB) rJr/2023 QB Joey GatewoodCentral Florida
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  Another former Auburn player will be joining Gus Malzahn at UCF. Quarterback Joey Gatewood, who started his career on the Plains before transferring to Kentucky, announced Sunday afternoon that he has committed to UCF following his departure from Lexington, Ky. Gatewood entered the transfer portal Aug. 15 after Kentucky coach Mark Stoops named Will Levis as the Wildcats' starting quarterback for the 2021 season. "Fired up about the opportunity and ready to get to work," Gatewood said in a tweet announcing his decision.

A former four-star prospect in the 2018 class, Gatewood was rated as the No. 49 overall recruit in the country coming out of Bartram Trail High in Jacksonville, Fla. He was the highest-rated signee for Auburn in that recruiting class, and he redshirted during the 2018 season while serving as the Tigers' third-team quarterback behind Jarrett Stidham and Malik Willis. Gatewood appeared in just one game as a true freshman, rushing for 28 yards in Auburn's Music City Bowl win against Purdue at the end of the season. - Birmingham News


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  Former Auburn quarterback Joey Gatewood is now looking for a third school. Gatewood will enter the NCAA transfer portal for a second time, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said on Sunday. Stoops named Will Levis the Wildcats' starting quarterback for the Sept. 4 season-opener vs. Louisiana-Monroe, adding that Gatewood had chosen to leave the program. "I told him how much I appreciated how hard he's worked. I know he's been through this before so I knew it would be especially tough. Tough decision, not what he wanted to hear," Stoops said, via 247 Sports. "We had that discussion, had a good talk. He handled it completely professional and really appreciate him." Gatewood left Auburn in middle of the 2019 season after losing out to then-freshman Bo Nix for the starting quarterback job, and transferred to Kentucky the following January. He played in six games for the Wildcats in 2020 - starting a 14-3 loss to Georgia - completing 17 of 35 passes for 109 yards and an interception while also rushing for 62 yards on 25 carries. - Herald Leader

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  UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel, offensive lineman Sam Jackson, wide receiver Brandon Johnson and defensive end Big Kat Bryant were named team captains for the upcoming football season. The four players were voted captains by a team vote earlier this week, according to coach Gus Malzahn. Gabriel is set to begin his third season as the Knights starting quarterback, totaling more than 7,223 passing yards and 61 touchdowns during his career. Jackson, a redshirt senior, is among six returning starters on the offensive line this season, while Johnson is a graduate transfer from Tennessee, who appeared in 32 games during his career with the Volunteers. Bryant is a graduate transfer from Auburn who arrived in June after appearing in 36 games for the Tigers during his college career. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#22 QB) Jr/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  Bryant isn't the only former Auburn player to reunite with Malzahn as running back Mark-Antony Richards, receiver Nate Craig-Myers and defensive back Marco Domio were among the 13 players to transfer to UCF this offseason. When Bryant arrived on campus this summer, he attacked everything with the mindset of getting better. "When I got here, I went all gas, no brakes," Bryant said. "For the first month I got here, I worked out every day like Sunday through Sunday. When I got here, it was like I can't waste a day. I don't want to look back and wish I had done more." Bryant's drive and determination were infectious to his new teammates.

"From Day One since he got here, he's brought leadership," defensive lineman Kalia Davis said. "He came from an SEC school. He's an old head, so he's bringing in wisdom and leadership. There were days when we were working out and [strength and conditioning] Coach [Chris] Dawson was getting tough on us, but he was eating it up. He was telling us, 'Hey, don't give up, man.' "He's done a lot for us." Malzahn wasn't the least bit shocked that Bryant would make an impact with his new team. "He stepped right in, which I expected him to do," added Malzahn. "He stepped right in from a leadership role. He's kind of one of those guys that's respected because of what he's done on the field. He's got leadership ability. He's a hard worker, and I believe he's earned the respect of his teammates in a short period and that didn't surprise me at all." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#34 DE) rSr/2022 DE Big Kat BryantCentral Florida
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  UCF has been picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference preseason media poll, snapping a two-season streak of being the favorite. The Knights, who received 241 points and two first-place votes, finished behind Cincinnati, which was the overwhelming favorite with 22 first-place votes. The Bearcats are coming off a conference championship and a spot in the New Year's Six Access Bowl. The preseason favorite has gone on to claim at least a piece of the AAC championship in just two of the past eight seasons. UCF is coming off a 6-4 season in 2020 and hired a new coach in Gus Malzahn in February. The team returns 16 starters, including quarterback Dillon Gabriel. - Orlando Sentinel

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  Big Kat Bryant didn't shy away from an opportunity to take a swipe at his former team. The former Auburn defensive lineman, who is now at UCF for his final season of eligibility, was asked Tuesday during the Knights' pre-fall camp media day about how he thought UCF's roster stacked up to those of SEC teams from a talent perspective. Bryant, who spent four seasons playing in the SEC, believes the Knights compare favorably to at least some teams in the SEC -- including his former one.

"Right now? I mean, we'd beat somebody like Auburn, for sure," Bryant told reporters. "We'd beat Auburn, for sure." Bryant let out a laugh as he gave his response, but the former four-star prospect out of Cordele, Ga., quickly doubled down on his assertion about where his new team stands in comparison to college football's premier conference. "It's a lot different, a lot of different players and caliber guys, but I ain't going to lie, we'd beat a team like Auburn, Ole Miss," Bryant said. - Birmingham News


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