Nov 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Mikey Keene (13) scrambles with the ball against the South Florida Bulls during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

UCF QB Mikey Keene enters transfer portal

UCF quarterback Mikey Keene announced Sunday that he is entering the transfer portal.

“To my brothers, I will forever cherish the memories we have made together the last two seasons,” Keene wrote in a social media post. “Thank you for becoming my family and for seeing me as a leader within this team.”

Keene started 10 of his 11 games as a freshman in 2021 before the Knights turned to Ole Miss transfer John Rhys Plumlee as the starter this season.

Keene played in four games in relief of Plumlee in 2022, completing 60 of 83 passes (72.3 percent) for 647 yards, six touchdowns and just one pick.

In two seasons, Keene has thrown for 2,377 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions for UCF, which is coming off a loss to Tulane in the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; UCF Knights defensive tackle Ricky Barber (5) sacks Tulane Green Wave quarterback Michael Pratt (7) during the first quarter at Yulman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rebecca Warren-USA TODAY Sports

John Rhys Plumlee leads No. 22 UCF past No. 17 Tulane

John Rhys Plumlee ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead No. 22 Central Florida to a 38-31 victory over host No. 17 Tulane in American Athletic Conference play on Saturday in New Orleans.

Plumlee rushed for 176 yards, including touchdowns runs of 67 and 9 yards, on 18 carries and went 17-for-30 passing for 132 yards. Javon Baker had five receptions, including an 8-yard touchdown, for 54 yards for the Knights, who have won eight of their past nine games.

Michael Pratt went 23-for-39 passing for 236 yards and three scores for Tulane. Tyjae Spears ran for 130 yards on eight carries and Jha’Quan Jackson had five receptions for 95 yards for the Green Wave, who ended their five-game winning streak.

Central Florida (8-2, 5-1), Tulane (8-2, 5-1) and two-time defending league champion Cincinnati (8-2, 5-1) are tied atop the American Athletic Conference standings. The top two teams will meet in the title game on Dec. 3. Tulane closes the regular season on Nov 25 at Cincinnati, which lost to Central Florida on Oct. 29.

Leading 24-14 at halftime, Central Florida extended its lead to 31-14 on Plumlee’s 9-yard run that capped an eight-play, 83-yard drive with 8:58 left in the third quarter.

Valentino Abrosio’s 23-yard field goal pulled the Green Wave to within 31-17 with 3:41 left in the quarter before Pratt’s 2-yard scoring toss to Reggie Brown made cut the margin to seven with 11:39 left in the game.

Isaiah Bowser’s 1-yard touchdown run, his second of the game, made it 38-24 with 3:32 to go before Tulane capped the scoring on Pratt’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Shae Wyatt with 1:46 remaining.

After Plumlee’s 47-yard run set up Colton Boomer’s 25-yard field goal on the Knights’ first possession, Plumlee’s 67-yard touchdown run on Central Florida’s next possession extended the lead to 10-0 less than five minutes into the game.

Tulane trimmed the lead to 10-7 on Pratt’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Duece Watts on its ensuing possession. But Central Florida countered when Bowser scored on a 2-yard run to make it 17-7 with 2:24 left in the opening period.

–Field Level Media

Alabama linebacker Christopher Allen (4) chases Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday September 28, 2019.


John Rhys Plumlee named UCF starting QB

Ole Miss transfer John Rhys Plumlee was named starting quarterback for UCF, coach Gus Malzahn announced on social media Sunday.

“Excited to announce @PlumleeJohn as our starting quarterback! #ChargeOn,” Malzahn tweeted.

Plumlee, a senior, beat out sophomore Mikey Keene and freshman Thomas Castellanos for the starting gig.

Plumlee was the quarterback at Ole Miss in 2019 before being moved to receiver due to the emergence of Matt Corral, who started for the Rebels the past two seasons.

Plumlee completed just 52.7 percent of his passes for 910 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in nine games (eight starts) in 2019. He also rushed for 1,023 yards and 12 scores.

He caught 25 passes over the last two seasons, including 19 last season for 201 yards.

Plumlee transferred to UCF in the offseason due to the opportunity to return to quarterback. He will also play for the UCF baseball team after also playing the sport at Ole Miss.

The Knights open the season against visiting South Carolina State on Sept. 1.

–Field Level Media