Backup Quarterback Noah Vedral Joining Scott Frost at Nebraska

With Noah Vedral departing, sophomore Darriel Mack Jr. is likely to assume backup-quarterback duties.

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University of Central Florida quarterback Noah Vedral, left, passes the ball during a 61-17 win over the FIU Panthers at Spectrum Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo by Adrian J. Hernandez / New Day Review)
(Photo by Adrian J. Hernandez / New Day Review)

ORLANDO, Fla. – In addition to all of his assistants, Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost will have at least one player join him in Big Red Nation. Backup UCF Knights quarterback Noah Vedral announced he is transferring to Nebraska, as he posted a tweet that read, “I’m coming home,” initialed with a red, Nebraska “N.”

Vedral is a Wahoo, Nebraska, native, graduating from Bishop Neumann High School. He threw for 4,561 yards and ran for 2,250 yards, scoring 77 touchdowns there. The rising sophomore was a three-star recruit, according to ESPN.

In college, Vedral saw considerable time when the Knights were winning dramatically and even played momentarily in the win over the Navy Midshipmen. Vedral threw for 276 yards and a touchdown on 22-for-29 passing and also ran for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries in six games.

With Vedral departed, sophomore Darriel Mack Jr. will likely assume the backup role. Mack Jr. and Vedral competed closely for the spot behind McKenzie Milton. The difference ultimately came down to Vedral’s mastery of the offense.

At Norview High School, Mack Jr. threw for 2,975 yards and rushed for 1,127 more, scoring 52 times. Like Vedral, he joined UCF as a three-star recruit.

In addition to Milton and Mack Jr., there are two other quarterbacks listed on the 2018 roster: Wake Forest University transfer Hayden Kingston and rising redshirt senior Sean Pratt. Neither have seen a meaningful snap, yet. UCF also does not have a quarterback signed in this year’s recruiting class.


For more on the Knights, as they transfer into the Josh Heupel Era, follow Victor Tan on Twitter at @NDR_VictorTan.

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