Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback and Fanatics Authentic exclusive athlete, Blake Bortles seemingly came out of nowhere last year and led his Cinderella-like University of Central Florida team to a Fiesta Bowl upset over the highly touted Baylor Bears. Bortles threw for 301 yards, rushed for 94 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and was named Fiesta Bowl MVP. Then, just a few months later Bortles was selected with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and dubbed the next face of the Jacksonville Jaguars organization.
A prototypical quarterback, Blake Bortles stands 6-foot-5 and weighs over 230 pounds, making him a durable force even at the NFL level. At UCF, Bortles’ numbers improved every year he was the starting quarterback and topped off his senior season with 3,581 passing yards, accounting for 31 touchdowns. Bortles is also an established winner, with a 22-5 record as a starter at UCF to give him one of the best winning percentages in college football history. A rookie with an impressive demeanor on the field and a keen eye for calling necessary plays, Bortles is expected to stack up as the next big thing in the pros. With the Jaguars, Bortles will also have the luxury of handing the ball off to his collegiate running back, Storm Johnson. The duo played a huge role in establishing UCF as a football powerhouse, and now will work together to place Jacksonville back on the football map. Beyond Johnson, Bortles will have a number of potent offensive weapons to use once he takes over the starting position. Rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee has been mentioned as one of the greatest steals of the draft, and Marcedes Lewis, and established veteran, will give Bortles a weapon out of the tight end position.
Given Blake Bortles’ track record at UCF and the offensive weapons the Jaguars have surrounded him with, it seems like a given that he will continue his smooth transition into the NFL. Although it seems Bortles will redshirt during the upcoming season and shadow veteran quarterback Chad Henne, the latest NFL sensation has thrived all throughout preseason and rapidly improved his game. Football fans might not see Blake Bortles take the field until the 2015 season, but when he does, they’re in for a real treat.
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