UCF George O'Leary: No QB Tryout During Preseason
In today's AAC teleconference, UCF head coach George O'Leary spoke about success during the spring and what he expects from his new quarterback.
"I thought we had a very productive 15 days in the spring. We got guys back but we have a lot of work to get done. There are a lot of players who have a lot experience on the field. We did a lot of work on fundamentals--blocking and tackling. Younger kids are pushing for playing time, which i think is great. Again, I thought it was a productive spring I'm looking forward to the next 12 weeks of summer conditioning."
With addition of Nick Patti, are you looking for competition at that spot?
"I think I have enough seniors on the squad that will report back as far as how things are going. Nick Patti is just one of the four quarterbacks, he doesn't have the knowledge that the other kids have but it will be a work in progress. I was very impressed when I sat down with him and learned his knowledge of football."
"It won't be a try out during the preseason. the kid that can move the team the best and give more opportunities will play Penn State in Ireland."
Go back to when the Knights were coming into the conference. Talk about what other teams coming in to the AAC can expect.
"It's a lot like conference USA. It's a really great conference and there are a lot of great coaches and you better have your A game every week. We go into every game and they all have the same quality as far as we are concerned. The big thing is to win. The one goal is to win the conference championship and when you can limit scope like that, the players understand that. We've always been a "we" team. A lot of teams that struggle, guys worry about themselves, they act like "me" guys."