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In what was a lengthy quarterback competition with twists and turns for months, UCF head coach George O'Leary finally came to a decision on who his signal caller will be.

Redshirt freshman Pete DiNovo was named the starter after practice on Sunday, a dy in which DiNovo saw significant first-team snaps.

"DiNovo, I'm naming him the No. 1 quarterback going into the first game," O'Leary said. "From a management standpoint, from the sideline to the field, to consistency is what I was looking for. I thought Pete elevated himself this last week."

DiNovo enrolled at UCF early and was in camp last spring, but was redshirted during the 2014 season.

The quarterback competition was originally a three-man battle between DiNovo, sophomore Justin Holman and freshman Tyler Harris. This summer, Boise State transfer Nick Patti entered the mix.

Holman and Patti will continue competition for the backup quarterback position.

"He can basically do the things we want done," O'Leary said. "I think all four can play."

Entering spring camp, Holman was considered the front-runner for the job because he was the only quarterback on the roster to attempt a collegiate pass. After spring, O'Leary and the coaching staff decided to delay its decision, and entering summer, Holman was atop the depth chart; however, the other quarterbacks were also competing for the job.