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UCF’s sack leader abruptly leaves team

Blake Keller

In a surprising development, UCF has found itself down a top defensive playmaker for this weekend’s game and beyond.

Defensive end Blake Keller, head coach George O’Leary revealed Monday, left the team during the bye week to tend to what was described as “personal issues.  O’Leary and his staff were “surprised at the decision, saying that he “had no idea anything was going on, none of the coaches did either.”

Keller, with his parents in tow, informed O’Leary of his decision last Wednesday, saying he had lost his love for the game. “My own personal opinion is that there are other reasons going on and I think he needs to resolve those issues,” the coach said.

As a true freshman, Keller leads the Knights in sacks with three and is second with four tackles for loss.  He started his first career game in the Knights’ win over Memphis Oct. 5.

One-loss UCF will face No. 8 Louisville Friday night in a huge AAC matchup, with the unbeaten Cardinals looking to remain in the BCS title discussion.

(Photo credit: UCF athletics)

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5 Responses to “UCF’s sack leader abruptly leaves team”
  1. ezwriter69 says: Oct 15, 2013 12:37 PM

    I don’t think anyone has ever had fun or enjoyed playing for Liar O’Leary. Not even killing a guy with old-school idiocy changed this arrogant incompetent lying slimeball. Amazing to me that anyone would let their kids play for him.

  2. Deb says: Oct 15, 2013 2:56 PM

    Okay … well, since I know nothing about Coach O’Leary, I can’t comment on ezwriter’s post. I just hope this young man works out whatever is troubling him.

  3. ajarkoski says: Oct 15, 2013 3:11 PM

    Oleary was lasted as Notre Dame’s coach for 5 days when they found some descrepancies on his resume.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/news/2001/12/14/oleary_notredame/

  4. wde2010 says: Oct 15, 2013 3:14 PM

    It’s has to be something really troubling this kid. To be that talented as a freshman and just up and leave doesn’t sound right. What ever it might be, I hope the best for him family…. God Bless!

  5. Deb says: Oct 15, 2013 11:05 PM

    @ajarkoski …

    Thanks … now I remember him! Water under the bridge.

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