‘Aloha:’ UCF star quarterback Dillon Gabriel announces departure

UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel (No. 11) celebrates a touchdown during the Knights' 36-31 victory over Boise State University in this year's home-opener. Gabriel announced his departure from the Knights and subsequent entrance into the NCAA Transfer Portal on social media Saturday.

UCF junior quarterback Dillon Gabriel announced he will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal on social media Saturday.

“After much prayer and reflection, I have decided my journey at UCF has come to an end,” a video Gabriel posted to his Instagram read. “I will be entering the transfer portal to explore other opportunities.”

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Gabriel played the first three games of the season before missing the rest of it due to a broken collarbone he suffered on the last play during a matchup against the University of Louisville on Sept. 17.

Gabriel has thrown for 8,037 yards, 70 touchdowns and 14 interceptions at UCF. Gabriel closes out his Knights career with a 156.6 career passing efficiency, which ranks third all-time in program history. Gabriel went 18-8 at UCF, but he never got the Knights to the American Athletic Conference Championship game.

Gabriel joins fellow Knights Stephon Zayas and Eriq Gilyard, who both joined the transfer portal in October. Gabriel also gave thanks to his teammates in his post.

“I was honored to be your captain and will miss you,” Gabriel said. “I wish you well as you finish out your season. I cherish the memories I have made with you as a UCF Knight.”

Gabriel didn't forget to thank Knight Nation for his time at UCF.

“Thank you for your support during my time here as a Knight,” he said. “This program is strong because of you.”

Gabriel signed off the post saying, “I bid you all a fond 'aloha.'”

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