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Pete DiNovo Named the New QB at UCF

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DiNovo wins the four man competition to replace Blake Bortles under center.

DiNovo warms up during the Fiesta Bowl
DiNovo warms up during the Fiesta Bowl
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

When the Knights trot onto the field at Croke Park in 20 days in Dublin to take on Penn State, redshirt freshman Pete DiNovo will be the starting quarterback.  Head coach George O'Leary named DiNovo the man following Sunday's practice.

The Tarpon Springs, Fl native beat out fellow Class of 2013 member Justin Holman, Boise State transfer Nick Patti, and true freshman Tyler Harris.  Following the early season departure of Tyler Gabbert, Holman was Bortles' backup last season and the only QB on the roster to see game action at UCF.

O'Leary did say following practice that it was a close competition.

DiNovo was a three star prospect according to Rivals coming out of East Lake High School and the #66 pocket passer in his class per ESPN.  He won the Kodak Award last year which is given to the best player on UCF's scout team.

If recent history is any indication, DiNovo might not be the only QB to take snaps this season.  From 2008 to 2010, the player who began the season as the starter at quarterback did not start the final game.

In 2011, Bortles took major reps away from starter Jeff Godfrey. Bortles finally stabilized the position starting every game the last two seasons.