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It’s not often a team uses four quarterbacks through three games, but that’s just what the Knights have done.

After starter Justin Holman went down with a hand injury during the Stanford game, the Knights have been searching for a way to fill their pocket.

“The doctor said two to four weeks, and they’re usually accurate. If I can get him back in three, I think it’s a happy medium,” head coach George O’Leary said. “He gets stitches out [of his index finger on his throwing hand] tomorrow, but I doubt he’ll be ready.”

After UCF’s 16-15 loss to Furman, O’Leary said he would stick to one quarterback but didn’t say who it would be. He announced Monday that Schneider is the go-to guy for the game at South Carolina on Saturday Sept. 26.

“It’s no open competition. Bo [Schneider] will start, and Tyler [Harris] will back him up,” O’Leary said.

Before the Furman game, O’Leary said Schneider would start, but he left out the fact that Harris would play the second half – even though Schneider proved more successful. The true freshman threw for 63 yards and a pick on 7-for-11 passing, and Harris went 7-for-17 with 35 yards and two picks.

“I was tempted to put [Schneider] back in the fourth quarter,” O’Leary said. “They both have good arms. I think Bo probably makes quicker decisions.”

Nick Patti found himself taking snaps out of the shotgun as well, rushing 14 times for 58 yards and a score and throwing two passes that missed the mark.

As a former quarterback, Patti saw both positives and negatives of transitioning a young quarterback in and out of the game. He said timing and rhythm may have been a disadvantage to Schneider, but said watching plays from the sideline may have resulted in the freshman seeing the big picture of the Furman defense.

“I certainly can’t speak for Bo … I know it got our offense going a little bit,” he said. “He was doing well. We just have to continue to help him out.”

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Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JarrodHeil or email him at JarrodH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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