Just a few days before the UCF Knights will to take on the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals, UCF defensive end Blake Keller, the team’s leader in sacks, has decided to leave the program. Not a whole lot is known about the situation at the time, but UCF head coach George O’Leary offered his take on Monday:
I guess he had some issues at home — personal issues. He was gone Monday and Tuesday (of last week) and came in Wednesday with his parents. They sat down and he said, ‘Coach I’m quitting. I don’t love football anymore.’
There are two types of people who come through the door (when they want to leave the team) — usually kids who say they don’t love football anymore are just giving you that excuse when they just aren’t good enough. Others come in and say that there are other reasons. My own personal opinion is that there are other reasons going on and I think he needs to resolve those issues. I was surprised, I had no idea anything was going on and none of the coaches did either (Courier-Journal).
We wish Keller the best of luck with his future endeavors.