UCF preseason training begins this week

UCF began its preseason football training camp this week, and it's the first time out on the field for the team since the spring game.

Coach Josh Heupel has made it clear that the first order of business is finding out who will take the reins as the starting quarterback. 

"Because they have the ball in their hands, they in some ways control the destiny of your football team," Heupel said. "[It is important] that they prove to the guys next to them, and on the other side of the line of scrimmage, that they are the guy."

McKenzie Milton is still recovering from last season's traumatic knee injury and is expected to miss all of the 2019 season. Darriel Mack Jr. was backup to Milton and finished out the season as starting quarterback, but he broke his ankle last month, and it remains unclear when he will be able to safely take the field. 

It would seem that the Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush would have the inside track, but Heupel isn't counting out redshirt freshman Quadry Jones or true freshman Dillon Gabriel.  Their offensive teammates are doing everything they can, to get them up to speed. 

Even with the uncertainty in the game's most important position, the players remain confident and highly motivated.

"I don't think that's a bad thing for our program," Heupel added.

The Knights open their season on August 29, when they host Florida A&M.