Blake Bortles

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Blake Bortles
UCF KnightsNo. 5
Quarterback Junior
Major: Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
Date of birth: (1991-12-16) December 16, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Oviedo, Florida
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career history
High school: Oviedo (FL)
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Blake Bortles (born December 16, 1991) is an American football quarterback. He played college football at the University of Central Florida. Bortles was the Knights starting quarterback from midway through the 2011 season to 2013. In 2012, Bortles led UCF to a Conference USA East Division Championship and bowl victory. In 2013, Bortles led the Knights to an upset of then−No. 6 Louisville to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, and an upset victory over sixth-ranked Baylor in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.

Early years[edit]

Bortles attended Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Florida, where he starred in football and also played baseball. As a senior, he completed 151 of 233 passes for 2,211 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He finished his career with a Seminole County record 5,576 career passing yards and 53 touchdowns.

Labeled a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Bortles was listed as the No. 44 pro-style quarterback in his class.[1] Bortles chose Central Florida over offers from Colorado State, Purdue, Tulane, and Western Kentucky.

College career[edit]

Bortles at UCF in 2013

Bortles accepted the offer from Central Florida, the first college to offer him a scholarship and one near his home. He was redshirted as a true freshman in 2010. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he played in 10 games, completing 75 of 110 passes for 958 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. As a sophomore in 2012, he started all 14 games at quarterback. He completed 251 of 399 passes for 3,059 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 285 yards and scored eight touchdowns.[2] He was the MVP of the 2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl after completing 22 of 32 passes for 271 yards with three touchdowns and 79 rushing yards.[3]

In 2013, Bortles led the Knights to the inaugural championship of the American Athletic Conference, earning the league's automatic berth to a BCS bowl, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Passing for 301 yards and rushing for 93 yards for four touchdowns, Bortles led UCF to an upset of sixth-ranked Baylor, 52–42. Winning UCF's first major bowl, he was named Offensive MVP.

Statistics[edit]

As a starter (2012–2013), Bortles owns a 22–5 (.815) record. As of the end of the 2013 season, Bortles statistics were:[4]

Passing Rushing
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD
2011 UCF 9 153.9 110 75 67.8 958 6 3 21 4 1
2012 UCF 14 144.5 399 251 62.9 3,059 25 7 87 285 8
2013 UCF 13 163.4 382 259 67.8 3,581 25 9 87 272 6
Totals 36 153.9 891 585 66.2 7,598 56 19 195 561 15

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

On January 5, 2014, Bortles announced that he would forgo his senior season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[5] Projected as a top-five selection in the draft, Bortles looks to surpass Daunte Culpepper as the highest-selected UCF draft pick.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in 232 lb 32 78 in 9 38 in 4.93 s 4.21 s 7.08 s 32 12 in 9 ft 5 in 28
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Personal[edit]

Bortles is the son of Rob and Suzy Bortles. Rob was a wrestler and football player in high school; Suzy played high school softball.[7] Blake's brother, Colby, is a freshman infielder with the Ole Miss baseball team as of 2014.[8] Blake Bortles is currently dating model and UCF student Lindsey Duke.[9]

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jeff Godfrey
UCF Knights starting quarterback
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Unknown