UCF QB Pete Dinovo Leaves Team

In a new shocking development before the start of the season for the UCF Knights, redshirt senior quarterback Pete Dinovo has apparently left the team.

UCF head coach Scott Frost was not available to the media on the development, but UCF offensive coordinator Troy Walters gave some light on the situation.

“He’s not with us,” Walters said. “He hasn’t been at practice and all that so we just kind of focus on the guys that are here and we got to go with the guys that are here. The guys that are here will help us win games so that’s our focus right now.”

Walters was then asked whether are not if Dinovo has decided to transfer as that could maybe be the reason why he hasn’t been at practice.

“I haven’t heard anything,” Walters said. “He didn’t talk to me at all or anything so we’re worried and concerned with the guys we have right now. It is what it is.”

Just a couple of weeks ago, Dinovo was competing to be the starting quarterback against McKenzie Milton but there were rumors circulating that Dinovo has been outplayed by not only Milton, but also incoming freshmen’s Noah Vedral and Darriel Mack Jr. and frankly it’s not surprising.

UCF Pete DiNovo
Pete DiNovo (14) will begin the 2014 season as UCF’s starting quarterback (Photo: UCF Athletics)

During the first scrimmage, both Vedral and Mack Jr. looked really good and even dropped some dimes, making some good decisions.

Because of Dinovo falling down the depth chart, the feeling around camp is that Dinovo was disappointed and maybe felt that it wasn’t worth continuing to play for the Knights anymore and that is probably the biggest reason why Dinovo quit or left the team, however you want to take it.

The show must go on with or with Dinovo which means that the starting quarterback gig is most likely Milton’s to lose with Vedral and Mack Jr. competing to be the backup and Walters doesn’t mind throwing everything on them during practice.

“They’re doing a good job. They keep developing every day,” Walters said. “We throw more and more at them and I tell them and coach (Mario) Verduzco tells them once we get in game plan mode, it’s going to be a lot easier. Right now, our whole offense is in so any given day you can could pull from a fast array of concepts but once we get into specifically in a game plan an opponent, then we’ll cut what we do down.”

With the departure of Dinovo, there are now only three scholarship players at the Quarterback position with two of them being freshmen. Pay attention to this position throughout the season as they have little to no experience and even though Milton played last year, he’s still a Sophomore, so mistakes can still be made.

More information should come to light with in the next few days as the Knights will have another scrimmage that is closed to the media tomorrow but after that, the Knights will have their Media Day. There should be more to look forward to.