Central Florida will be without its sacks leader when it faces Louisville and its Heisman candidate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater Friday night.
On Monday, coach George O'Leary said that defensive end Blake Keller was leaving the team because he didn't have the desire to play football any longer.
UCF coach George O'Leary says freshman DE Blake Keller has left the team due to personal reasons. He had started vs. Memphis.
— Brandon Helwig (@UCFSports) October 14, 2013
To clarify, Blake Keller quit the team. He told the coaches he no longer had the desire to play football. — Brandon Helwig (@UCFSports) October 14, 2013
That Memphis game was Keller's first start of the season and he led the team with three sacks. UCF has just 10 team sacks on the season, so he's an important cog in what has been an anemic pass rush through five games. (Different levels and all that, but the Kansas City Chiefs had 10 sacks on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.)
Keller, a freshman, is from Bradenton, Florida and had seven tackles in four games. Central Florida is widely seen as Louisville's biggest challenger in the weak American Athletic Conference. The winner of Friday's game will likely determine who will represent the conference in the Orange Bowl.
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