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Ex-UCF QB Gabriel joins the UCLA Bruins

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Dorian Thompson-Robinson has been the UCLA Bruins starting quarterback the last three seasons. Head coach Chip Kelly has found his replacement. 

Free-agent quarterback Dillon Gabriel will be transferring to the school. He made his intentions known on Thursday on Twitter when he announced his next move. 

Dillon Gabriel passes throwing after suffering a broken clavicle (Photo by Dillon Gabriel/Instagram)

Gabriel announced he was transferring from the UCF Knights in November. He lost his starting job due to an injury in September. 

The Hawai’ian native was injured on September 17th against the Louisville Cardinals. He was injured on the final play of the game. 

He suffered a broken left clavicle on the play. This effectively ended his season. 

The junior quarterback comes to Westwood with two years of eligibility left. He will be protected to be the Bruins starting signal-caller next season. 

This past season before his injury, he went 70 of 102 for 818 yards in three games. He threw nine touchdown passes and three interceptions. 

In 26 games with the Knights, he went 554 of 913 for 8,041 yards. Gabriel has thrown 70 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. 

The strong-armed quarterback passed for more than 3,000 yards during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. In 2019, he had a college-high 3,653 under Josh Heupel, who is now the Tennessee Volunteers head coach. 

No Bruins quarterback has passed for 3,000 yards in a season since the 2017 season when Josh Rosen threw for a Bruins season-high 3,756 yards. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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