Blake Bortles

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Blake Bortles
Blake Bortles at the 2014 NFL Draft.jpg
Blake Bortles at the 2014 NFL Draft
No. 5     Jacksonville Jaguars
Quarterback
Personal information
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 information
High school: Oviedo (FL)
College: Central Florida
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD–INT--
Passing yards--
QB Rating--
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Blake Bortles
Blake Bortles at the 2014 NFL Draft.jpg
Blake Bortles at the 2014 NFL Draft
No. 5     Jacksonville Jaguars
Quarterback
Personal information
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 information
High school: Oviedo (FL)
College: Central Florida
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD–INT--
Passing yards--
QB Rating--
Stats at NFL.com

Blake Bortles (born December 16, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jaguars in the first round (third overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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:[6]

PassingRushing
SeasonTeamGPGSRatingAttCompPctYdsTDINTAttYdsTD
2011UCF100153.91107567.8958632141
2012UCF1414144.539925162.93,059257872858
2013UCF1413163.438225967.83,581259872726
Totals3627153.989158566.27,598561919556115

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.[7][8]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBPWonderlic
6 ft 5 in232 lb32 78 in9 38 in4.93 s4.21 s7.08 s32 12 in9 ft 5 in28
All values from NFL Combine[9]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On May 8, 2014 at the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles was chosen 3rd overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bortles was the first of an eventual 14 QBs to be drafted.[10][11]

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.[12] Blake's brother, Colby, is a freshman infielder with the Ole Miss baseball team as of 2014.[13] Blake Bortles is currently dating model and UCF student Lindsey Duke.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rivals.com pro-style quarterbacks 2010". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ryzewski, Steven (May 8, 2014). "The Bortles File: Covering Blake Bortles through the years". Seminole Chronicle. Retrieved May 10, 2014. "Turning down offers from Purdue, Colorado State and Tulane, Oviedo quarterback Blake Bortles committed to UCF on Saturday."
  3. ^ Tenorio, Paul (August 27, 2013). "New year brings new expectations for UCF quarterback Blake Bortles". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Tenorio, Paul (December 21, 2012). "UCF's Blake Bortles leads Knights to 38-17 win over Ball State in bowl". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Gillespie, Ryan (January 2, 2014). "No. 15 UCF stuns No. 5 Baylor in Fiesta Bowl". USA Today. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Blake Bortles Stats - UCF Knights". ESPN.com. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Greenspan, Dan (January 5, 2014). "Report: UCF QB Blake Bortles to declare for 2014 NFL Draft". nfl.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Clarke, Patrick (January 5, 2014). "Blake Bortles Will Declare for 2014 NFL Draft". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Blake Bortles". nfl.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (May 8, 2014). "Jacksonville Jaguars take Blake Bortles with No. 3 pick". nfl.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ Bien, Louis (May 8, 2014). "NFL Draft results 2014: Blake Bortles goes No. 3 to Jaguars". SB Nation. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ Cousins, Jill. "BLAKE BORTLES – At home,on the field". Lake Mary Life. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ Adelson, Andrea (December 30, 2014). "Blake Bortles is unknown no more". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ Brinson, Will (February 26, 2014). "Blake Bortles asked about girlfriend Lindsey Duke in combine interviews". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 

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