Threw for 301 yards and rushed for 93 while accounting for four touchdowns in UCF's 52-42 Fiesta Bowl victory over double-digit favorite Baylor. ... First-team All-American Conference selection by the league's coaches and the league's Offensive Player of the Year.Bortles completed 68.1 percent of his passes in the regular season, throwing for 3,280 yards and 22 touchdowns and adding five rushing touchdowns. He ranked ninth nationally in both completion percentage and pass efficiency rating (163.3).American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and selected to the First Team. ... Sporting News American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. ... SI.com Honorable Mention All-American. ... One of 16 quarterbacks in the country selected as a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award. ... Earned a spot on the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is presented to college football's player of the year. ... One of 30 quarterbacks to be on the Manning Award Watch List presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. A member of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List, an honor given to the nation's top college quarterback based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments. ... Selected to the College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Trophy Watch List. ... Received a spot on Phil Steele's Midseason All-American Athletic Conference Second Team. Akron 8/29: Threw for a career-high 314 yards, completing 18-of-24 passes with three touchdowns. Bortles eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the first time and connected with wideout Breshad Perriman on a 91-yard touchdown strike, marking the longest play from scrimmage in UCF history. At FIU 9/6: Continued his school-record streak of not throwing an interception in his last 217 attempts, throwing for 214 yards with 12 completions and a touchdown pass to WR J.J. Worton. The signal-caller also netted 22 yards on four rushes and a one-yard plunge for the score. At Penn State 9/14: Went 20-for-27 with 288 yards through the air and three scores. ... Received American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Nittany Lions. South Carolina 9/28: Eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the second time this season and threw for a career-high 358 yards while completing 25 passes with two touchdowns through the air. At Memphis 10/5: Completed 17-of-36 passes for 160 yards. ... In the win at Memphis, led UCF on a game-tying drive with 2:05 to go that lasted 15 plays and 80 yards. At Louisville 10/18: Threw for 250 yards, completing 21 of 32 passes with two touchdowns through the air. ... Trailing 35-31 at Louisville, marched his team down the field on an 11-play, 75- yard drive that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left. At UConn 10/26: Set a career-high with four touchdown passes, the most in a game since Ryan Schneider had four vs. Ohio Nov. 30, 2002. Bortles completed his day 20-of-24 for 286 yards with four touchdowns. He also had a season-high 26 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Houston 11/9: Completed 17 of 24 passes, throwing for 210 yards. ... At Temple 11/16: Bortles completed the day 27-for-38 for a career-high 403 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. With his 403 yards, Bortles jumped into fourth place on UCF's all-time passing yards list with 6,500. The 403 passing yards were the 10th most in a single game by a UCF quarterback. Bortles also added a season-high 62 rushing yards on 11 carries. ... Was the Manning Award Player of the Week for his outing against Temple. Rutgers 11/21: Complete 21-of-30 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown. Bortles also added one score and 32 yards on the ground. USF 11/29: Threw for 219 yards and two scores while completing 17-of-26 passes. ... At SMU 12/7: Went 24-for-35 for 242 yards and added a pair of rushing touchdowns
2011 SEASONC-USA All-Freshman Team quarterback. ... Appeared in 10 games and finished with a passer efficiency rating of 153.9 after going 75-of-110 passing (68.2 percent) for 958 yards and six touchdowns through the air. Charleston Southern 9/3: In his first collegiate game, completed 8-of-10 passes for 144 yards. At BYU 9/23: Completed 4-of-5 passes for 46 yards. ... At SMU 10/15: Went 9-of-12 for 118 yards and one touchdown. At UAB 10/20: Completed 6-of-10 passes for 102 yards. Memphis 10/29: Completed 6-of-10 passes for 44 yards. At Southern Miss 11/12: Had his best day of the season, going 24-for-34 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. At East Carolina 11/19: Added 98 yards and two touchdowns on a 9-for-17 day. UTEP 11/25: Completed the night 9-for-12 with 158 yards and a touchdown Earned a redshirt
Played for coach Wes Allen at Oviedo High School. ... Set Seminole County records with 5,576 career passing yards and 53 touchdowns. ... Ranked number eight in the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Top 100 as a senior. ... A third-team all-state pick in 2008, and twice named all-county. ... Helped team to a 9-2 record senior year, completing 151-of-233 passes for 2,211 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. ... The MVP of the Central Florida All-Star Game. As a junior, threw for 2,400 yards and 24 touchdowns with nine interceptions while also running for 250 yards. ... Team was district champions in 2007 and 2009. ... Also recruited by Purdue, Colorado State, Kentucky, Tulane and Western Kentucky PERSONAL:. ... Son of Rob and Suzy Bortles. ... Majoring in interpersonal/organizational communication
- Jacksonville's first-round pick, quarterback Blake Bortles, grew up watching the Jaguars and attending some of their games. Now he's one of them. When Jacksonville made Bortles the No. 3 overall pick in this year's college draft, it cemented the love-fest between the two sides, one that had been growing since Bortles met with team officials at the combine and later in individual sessions, including at the team headquarters. Bortles anticipated that the Jaguars might take him with their first-round selection. "I did. I walked out of there and I remember calling my mom and saying, 'Man that went really well and I really hope I get an opportunity to play in Jacksonville. That would be awesome.' I definitely got great vibes seeing them there."
Bortles apparently gave off some telling vibes of his own. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Bortles showed excitement about being in Jacksonville and talking with team officials several weeks before the draft took place. "He told me, 'If this was like college and I was going through the recruiting process, I would sign today,'" Bortles told Bradley. "He really liked it here. He thought everything how our vision was, how we were going to take him through this proves. He felt like it was an opportunity where he could really get better. It just all fit together." - The Sports Xchange