UCF Quarterback Garrett Kruczek to Transfer for Junior Season


University of Central Florida sophomore quarterback Garrett Kruczek announced Monday on his Twitter account that he will transfer elsewhere for his junior season.

Kruczek, son of former UCF coach Mike Kruczek (1998-2003), joined the Knights this season as a walk-on. In his tweet, Kruczek cites the Knights’ offense as the reason for his transfer, saying he “would ultimately like to be in an offense that would better suit my pro-style ability.”

The former three-star recruit received offers from Tulsa University and the University of Memphis coming out of Lake Howell High School, but he turned them down to spend a season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. Kruczek recorded 2,336 passing yards and 16 touchdowns on 202-for-326 passing (62 percent), guiding Copiah-Lincoln to a 7-2 record in 2015.

Kruczek only saw the field during the Knights’ 2016 spring game; however, he completed a 37-yard pass to redshirt senior tight end Cal Bloom and a 43-yard touchdown pass to redshirt sophomore punter Mac Loudermilk, who is also listed as a tight end.

It’s uncertain where Kruczek plans to transfer next, but North Texas University, Rice University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Utah State University, Western Michigan University and the University of Texas at San Antonio were are all on Kruczek’s radar before transferring to UCF.

With his departure, the Knights will be down to five quarterbacks. They are true freshman McKenzie Milton, seniors Nick Patti and Justin Holman, sophomore Tyler Harris and junior Pete DiNovo.

UCF is 4-4 following a 31-24 loss to the University of Houston in Week 9. The Knights host the University of Tulane on Saturday at 5 p.m.