UCF Knights QB Dillon Gabriel has announced he is leaving UCF and entering the transfer portal:
The six-foot tall native of Miliani, Hawaii came to UCF as a true freshman in 2019 in the wake of his former high school teammate, McKenzie Milton.
Under the tutelage of Milton and Josh Heupel, Gabriel threw for 7,541 yards (6th all-time at UCF) and 65 touchdowns (5th). His 2019 season (3,653 yards) ranks fourth best all-time in UCF history, and the COVID-shortened 2020 season (3,570 yards) ranks sixth.
Gabriel also holds the program’s all-time single-game passing mark with 601 yards against Memphis in 2020.
But his 2021 season was cut short by a broken clavicle that he suffered on the final play of the loss to Louisville. He had thrown for 818 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions in the Knights’ first three games. He did not play after.
He leaves UCF with a career record of 18-8 and no conference championships.
Gabriel, who turns 21 on December 28th, still has three years of eligibility remaining. 2020 was a free year due to COVID, and he has only played in 25% of the Knights’ games, thus keeping him eligible for at least three more seasons wherever he goes.
UCF’s remaining quarterbacks heading into the 2022 season are Mikey Keene, Parker Navarro, Joey Gatewood and incoming freshman Thomas Castellanos, a three-star recruit from Ware County, Georgia.
Castellanos, for his part, tweeted the following 16 minutes after Gabriel tweeted his exit: