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Former East Lake QB DiNovo makes case at UCF

ORLANDO — UCF found an offensive star during Saturday's spring game. But it wasn't a quarterback.

William Stanback, a sopho­more in the fall, ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on five carries. He was the best player for an offense that will be without quarterback Blake Bortles, who is off to the NFL.

Three quarterbacks took snaps. Redshirt freshmen Pete DiNovo, a graduate of East Lake High, went 10-for-20 for 117 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Sophomore Justin Holman went 18-for-31 for 165 yards. And freshman Tyler Harris went 5-for-11 for 38 yards and an interception.

Coach George O'Leary said he would announce the starter Monday in order to reduce offseason speculation. "They were going against a pretty good defense," he said. "But we need some more consistency."

'Cane vows to play

MIAMI — Miami offensive lineman Hunter Knighton said he will play in the fall despite being in intensive care for about two weeks.

Knighton, who redshirted as a freshman last season, disclosed he suffered heatstroke plus experienced brain swelling, multiple seizures, kidney failure and liver failure — while fighting the flu and double pneumonia — after a workout Feb. 24. At the family's request, Miami had said little about his condition.

Meanwhile, because of injuries and lack of depth, Miami scrimmaged instead of playing a spring game. Redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, expected to start at quarterback after Ryan Williams tore his right ACL on April 4, saw his first simulated action. Stats weren't disclosed.

Crowds: Penn State drew slightly more than 72,000, coming within a few thousand of breaking its spring-game record of 76,500 in 2009. Fellow Big Ten schools Nebraska had 61,772 and Ohio State announced its crowd at just more than 61,000. The Buckeyes' total might be disappointing to coach Urban Meyer, who had hoped for 85,000-plus; OSU was initially charging $20 to attend but ultimately dropped the price to $5. Georgia (46,073) and Oklahoma (43,500) set records for spring game attendance.

N.C. State: Ex-Gator Jacoby Brissett went 24-of-37 for 365 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. He is expected to start in the fall.

Notre Dame: Artificial turf will be installed at Notre Dame Stadium. The school said several factors made maintaining a grass field difficult.

Hockey: Union scored three goals in a span of 1:54 in the first on its way to beating Minnesota 7-4 in Philadelphia for its first NCAA title. Colin Stevens made 36 saves for Union, a 2,200-student liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y.

Basketball: Guard Kevin Ware, who broke his right leg during Louisville's run to the national title last year, will transfer to Georgia State.

Softball: Pinellas Park High grad Sara Nevins became the first USF pitcher and 80th in Division I history to reach 1,000 strikeouts while throwing her seventh no-hitter in a 4-0 win over visiting UCF. USF (30-12, 4-4 American Athletic) lost Game 2 of the doubleheader 3-1 to the Knights (29-13, 6-2).

BASEBALL: Tampa, the consensus No. 1 in Division II, swept host Eckerd 5-4 and 7-0. Nick Tindall's 10th homer led UT (39-2, 14-1 Sunshine State) against the Tritons (21-16, 8-10). … Florida State (26-8, 13-4 ACC), No. 1 in the Division I coaches' poll, lost its third straight, 12-4 at Georgia Tech.

Gymnastics: Michigan's Sam Mikulak tied an NCAA record with his seventh individual title, taking the parallel bars in Ann Arbor, Mich. Oklahoma's Alec Robin won the floor exercise and vault; teammate Michael Squires the rings; Minnesota's Ellis Mannon the pommel horse and Illinois' Jordan Valdez the horizontal bar.

Former East Lake QB DiNovo makes case at UCF 04/12/14 [Last modified: Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:27pm]
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