The Boise State Broncos football program is already feeling the effects of head coach Chris Petersen’s departure to the Washington Huskies this offseason.
That reportedly enticed backup quarterback Nick Patti to request a transfer, per The Orlando Sentinel's Chris Hays.
“A lot of the reason I’m going [to Boise State] is for coach Peterson,” Patti said after committing two years ago, via The Idaho Statesman's Chadd Cripe. “A lot more than the offensive coordinator.”
According to Hays' report, Boise State has granted Patti his full scholarship release. He is expected to discuss a transfer to UCF.
Patti took to Twitter to let everyone know where he ended up at.
Officially admitted to UCF! Good day! #ChargeOn— Nick Patti (@Nick_Patti) March 21, 2014
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With the Knights scrambling to find a replacement for starting quarterback Blake Bortles, who recently declared for the NFL draft, it seems like the perfect situation for Patti.
He would most likely have to sit out the upcoming season in accordance with the NCAA transfer rules.
The redshirt freshman served as the third-string quarterback for the Broncos in 2013. In five appearances, Patti was 8-of-11 for 63 yards while adding another 19 yards on the ground.
Most likely, he would have served as the backup to quarterback Grant Hedrick in 2014.
If the transfer goes through, it will be a return home for Patti, who thrived during his high school career at Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, Fla. While there, he set school records for passing yards (5,701), touchdown passes (66) and pass completions (374).
Patti was named the 8A Florida Player of the Year during his senior season and was a 247Sports composite 3-star prospect.
With quarterback Joe Southwick graduating, Boise State is now left short-handed at quarterback. Other than Hedrick, the team only has redshirt freshman Ryan Finley and redshirt freshman walk-on Richard Hoppe on the depth chart.
Patti joins running back Aaron Baltazar (transferring) and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (NFL) as those who have left the Broncos since Petersen's departure.