Former UCF QB Dillon Gabriel joins UCLA after leaving via the transfer portal
Former UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel will play for UCLA in 2022.
The left-handed signal caller announced Nov. 27 he would enter the transfer portal and leave Central Florida.
Gabriel missed most of 2021 after fracturing his collarbone on the last play of the game against Louisville on Sept. 17.
He was injured on the final play of the game, a multi-lateral attempt at a miracle touchdown by the Knights with no time left.
In the three games in which he played, Gabriel amassed 814 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.
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After Gabriel, the Knights went 6-3 with true freshman Mikey Keene filling in at starter.
In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Gabriel led the nation in passing with 3,570 yards. He had 32 touchdowns to just four interceptions.
In 2019, his first year as a starter, he had 3,653 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In 26 games for the Knights he was 18-8 as a starter.
UCLA has an incumbent starting quarterback, Dorian Thompson-Robinson. However, he hasn’t yet stated if he plans to go to the NFL or return for his final season.
If he does depart, Gabriel will compete for the starting role against Ethan Garbers.
UCLA is wrapping up its fourth year under head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly is 18-25 at UCLA, but won eight games this year, by far his best during his tenure there. He can win a ninth game if the Bruins defeat NC State in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 in San Diego.