- Associated Press - Saturday, April 12, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Central Florida might have found a new leader for its offense at Saturday’s spring game, but he’s not likely to be a quarterback.

William Stanback, a sophomore next fall, ran for 108 yards on just five carries and scored once. He was clearly the best player for an offense that just as clearly is going to miss Blake Bortles, who is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in next month’s NFL Draft.

The offense had three touchdowns, none in the second half, and two field goals.

Sophomore Justin Holman and freshmen Pete DiNovo and Tyler Harris took turns quarterbacking the UCF offense that averaged 34.6 points and 441 yards last season with Bortles at the helm. Collectively, they were 33 of 62 for 320 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

“They were going against a pretty good defense, but we need some more consistency there,” UCF Coach George O’Leary said. “They had guys open deep and under threw them. They had guys open six or seven yards down the field and threw it too low or too high. Those are the throws they’ve got to make and just move the chains.”

O’Leary he would announce the starter Monday in order to reduce offseason speculation and that one player had separated himself, though he wouldn’t say which one.

Holman, who threw 14 passes as Bortles‘ backup last season, could be judged a slight favorite after completing 18 of 31 passes for 165 yards, mostly with the first-team offense playing against the second-team defense.

DiNovo played with the second-team against UCF’s defensive starters and went 10 of 20 for 117 yards. He had a 33-yard scoring pass to J.J. Worton, who pulled the ball away from two defenders and beat the last one into the end zone for a touchdown.

Harris, a true freshman, showed a strong arm, but a noticeable lack of experience in completing five of 11 for 38 yards and one interception.

That left it to Stanback, who didn’t enter the game until the middle of the second quarter, played two series and that was it. His touchdown came on a 70-yard run. The starter, Dontravious Wilson, carried 15 times for 44 yards and scored on a 5-yard run.

“I thought Dontravious had a much better spring,” O’Leary said. “I don’t play games with kids. Dontravious had a better spring as far as doing what he was asked to do.”

The other notable star in the game was defensive end Thomas Niles, who had five sacks, and linebacker Jared Henry, who returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.

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