Blake Bortles, who played for the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights football team from the halfway point in the 2011 season to 2013, is a talented quarterback. He was the American Athletic Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. He was also the Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP in 2014. Due to his successful college football career, he could be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in the future.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the American football quarterback:
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One interesting fact about Bortles is that he helped his football team achieve a victory over a talented Louisville Cardinals football team in 2013. The Cardinals were the sixth best team in college football at the time. This game was the first American Athletic Conference Championship.
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Another fun fact is he helped his college football team to another upset victory against Baylor in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. The Baylor Bears football team were ranked sixth in college football at the time. As for the UCF Knights, they were ranked as the 15th best college football school in the nation. The final score was 52-42.
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Bortles also played baseball when he was in high school. It should be noted that he was better in football. His high school football career statistics were 5,576 passing yards and 53 touchdowns.
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He was considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was also ranked as the 44th best pro-style quarterback in his class.
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Although he eventually decided to attend Central Florida, he also received offers from other college football teams. These teams included Colorado State, Purdue, Tulane, and Western Kentucky.
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He chose to attend Central Florida for two reasons. One, the college was the first to offer him a scholarship. Two, it was the college that was closest to his home.
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The talented quarterback helped his college win many games during his college football career. As a starter in his last two seasons, he was able to achieve a 22-5 record.
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Like many other quarterbacks before him, he decided to not play college football in his senior year. Instead, he entered the 2014 NFL Draft.
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Another interesting fact is that he could be the highest-selected draft pick from the University of Central Florida. At the time of this writing, the highest draft pick from the school is Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper, who was a three-time NFL Pro Bowler, was selected in the 1999 NFL Draft with the 11th pick by the Minnesota Vikings.
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The last interesting fact is that he has a brother who currently plays for the Ole Miss baseball team.
Frank Schwab, “NFL Draft Under the Microscope: Central Florida QB Blake Bortles,” Yahoo! Sports.
Mike Bianchi, “Blake Bortles: First thing I’ll buy with NFL Draft money is brother’s college education,” Orlando Sentinel.