After preseason camp, UCF head coach George O'Leary announced redshirt freshman Pete DiNovo as the starting quarterback. With not much experience beyond the practice field, many had questions about how DiNovo would adjust to the role after the mark left by Blake Bortles and the Knights' success last season.
I mean, it's a tough spot to be in. DiNovo wasn't even the front-runner for the starting job heading into summer and then he played his first game with his new role in Ireland. It seemed the throne was Pete's to get comfortable on once his name was announced — but not so fast.
The original front-runner, sophomore Justin Holman, was named the new starting quarterback for the Knights on Thursday as his heroics pulled UCF out of a growing hole in its season opener.
To be frank, DiNovo wasn't quite ready to play on that stage. Not to say that he's a bad quarterback, but he didn't have as much game experience. The coaching staff must have agreed because after just one game, not even an entire three quarters, DiNovo was yanked from the No. 1 spot.
According to offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe, Holman missed the starting job because he lacked consistency in camp. He even got the most playing time in the spring game but was beat out in the end. Now that he's regained the reins the question becomes — can he continue?
I would hope he can continue to progress because he showed great signs in the Croke Park Classic. With continued growth, UCF can still be successful.
But remember Justin, the throne is clearly not ever set in stone.