UCF Player News and Notes

Dueling quarterbacks, star players ready to take the field for the first time this season, and position battles. Throw in players leaving the team and you have quite a bit of excitement at UCF right now.

Coach George O'Leary announced in a press conference Tuesday that he will continue to use a two-quarterback system, with Michael Greco as the starter and freshman Rob Calabrese his likely backup.

"We weren't going to go through the season without playing a couple of quarterbacks," said O'Leary. "Right now, I thought Robert Calabrese could do more things in mimicking Greco other than Joe (Weatherford)."

"It's Greco's job, but again you need the availability of a second or even a third guy to go in and get things done."

Greco hurt his knee towards the end of the first half against Boston College, and that hindered his mobility. He is expected to be fine for this week's game though.

Calabrese appeared to have the best arm of any quarterback during the preseason camp, and O'Leary has been impressed with his game management and the tempo he keeps as well.

"As far as Calabrese, we've just been impressed with him in practice and he does a lot of things I like about a quarterback as far as fieldmanship, the mobility as far as what's happening out there, and also the tempo. I think he's a much faster than the other two on the field."

In somewhat of a surprise, starting guard Jeramy DeVane has left the team for personal reasons. DeVane wasn't at the BC game, gut junior Cody Minnich took his place and did a very good job, something O'Leary touched on.

"Cody has played a lot of football for us and I thought from tackle to tackle, I was not displeased of what was going on."

DeVane's departure makes way for freshman Steven Robinson, a highly touted recruit who will backup Minnich.

Kamar Aiken, who fractured his foot in the preseason, should be back this week against UTEP.

"He's back out there practicing right now," said O'Leary. "He started practicing last week and never really got cleared until Thursday, I don't play anybody that doesn't practice on Tuesday and Wednesday practice at least. He's been practicing right now full go from Monday on. He looks like he's back to old form, and that will help us as far as some of the depth outside that we've been looking."

Aiken was UCF's second leading receiver last year as a true freshman and his presence should beef up the passing game.

After missing two chip-shots last week, kicker Daren Daly has received much criticism, but O'Leary is confident that his in practice success can turn to on-field production. O'Leary tests the kickers during the week to see who will take over field goal responsibilities, and Daly still has a chance at kicking this week.

UCF's running game has stalled some, as the Knights' freshmen have struggled to pick up the nuances of the offense. Improving vision and working on cuts has been stressed by O'Leary, and he will likely use some of his quicker backs this week against UTEP, which runs a 3-3-5 defense.

O'Leary has listed Ronnie Weaver as the starter for the fourth straight week and will have Brandon Davis and Brynn Harvey as his top backups.

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