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KJ Jefferson announces transfer to UCF

The former Razorback QB will link up with Gus Malzahn at UCF.

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Former Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson announced on Monday that he will transfer to UCF for the 2024 season. Jefferson will be a sixth-year senior when he takes the field on Orlando next fall.

Jefferson arrived to Arkansas in 2019 and spent his first two years as a backup before finlly assuming starter duties in 2021. The big 6’3”, 247 pound QB was effective as both a passer and a runner for the Razorbacks, throwing for over 7,000 passing yards, running for over 1,000 rushing yards, and accounting for 88 touchdowns during his stint in Fayetteville.

Now Orlando bound, he’ll take the reigns for a UCF program looking to take a step forward in its second year in the Big 12. He’ll replace another former SEC QB in John Rhys Plumlee, who had a successful multi-year stint as the starting quarterback for the Knights. Head coach Gus Malzahn runs an unconventional offensiv scheme that requires his QB’s to run, so Jefferson fits the mold.