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Former Boise State QB Patti eligible immediately at Central Florida

Boise State quarterback Nick Patti (8, middle) throws a long pass against defense by Tennessee Martin defensive end Dj Roberts (2, left) during the game at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Saturday September 7, 2013
Boise State quarterback Nick Patti (8, middle) throws a long pass against defense by Tennessee Martin defensive end Dj Roberts (2, left) during the game at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Saturday September 7, 2013 kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Former Boise State quarterback Nick Patti is eligible to play football at Central Florida in 2014, he confirmed in a text message Friday morning. The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday that Patti would be able to play this season after leaving Boise State after the 2013 season.

The NCAA typically requires transfers to sit out one season at their new school. But Patti's father told the newspaper that the one-year residence rule was waived for Nick Patti, who has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Patti is from Orlando, Fla., and was the Florida high school player of the year as a senior. UCF is in Orlando.

He left the Boise State program after coach Chris Petersen moved to Washington.

Patti, 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, completed 8-of-11 passes for 63 yards at Boise State in 2013. He was the team's backup quarterback for the second half of the season after starter Joe Southwick's injury and Grant Hedrick's elevation to starter.

UCF won the Fiesta Bowl after the 2013 season, but must replace quarterback Blake Bortles, who is expected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Patti attended nearly every UCF practice during the spring. Patti was not enrolled at UCF in the spring.

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