A look at UCLA’s four graduate transfers in football

Defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight

(Brandon Wade / Associated Press)

Position: Defensive back

Previous schools: Maryland, Kent State

Undergraduate degree: Integrated studies

Graduate program: Transformative coaching and leadership in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

How he got here: Knight spent the 2019 season at Kent State after transferring from Maryland, where he started his college career. He led the Golden Flashes with 10½ tackles for loss last season and was named defensive most valuable player of the Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl. Former UCLA punter Wade Lees, a teammate of Knight’s at Maryland, helped sell Knight on the Bruins by telling him how much he enjoyed his time in Westwood.

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Potential impact: Designated as a “striker” in UCLA’s new nickel defense, Knight will play a lot of cornerback and some safety in a familiar system. “I actually played nickel at Kent State,” Knight said, “so I feel like I feel like I will be able to come in here right away and just fill in with all the knowledge that I have with playing this position.”

Notable: Knight’s given name was a way of his mom letting him know he was unique. His friends call him “Q” or “Trezz.”

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