"UCF quarterback Blake Bortles will declare for the NFL draft, a source with direct knowledge of his decision told the Orlando Sentinel Sunday.
The redshirt junior will forgo his final year of eligibility with the Knights and turn pro. An official announcement is expected on Monday morning.
Bortles rocketed up NFL draft boards this season with a string of clutch performances that helped UCF turn in remarkable 12-1 campaign and Fiesta Bowl win. The Knights defeated Baylor, 52-42, on Wednesday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Bortles passed for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions this season, completing 67.8 percent of his passes. He also rushed for another 272 yards and six scores."
Q: Would you consider a quarterback at any time, but particularly in the first round of the draft?
DW: We’re going to develop our board like we always do. Research every position top to bottom. Not only during the draft process, but also during the free agents process. If we feel a player is out there that can help us get past this 6-10 mark, we will not be beholden to taking someone that we think doesn’t help us as much as another player.
With this statement I think it is possible that if the right QB comes along we take him.
My boy Blake started out slow but came through clutch in the end to throw the winning touchdown with 23 seconds to go to beat Bridgewater and the Cardinals.
Could be a top QB in 2015 in case we need one.
"Down 28-7 midway through the third quarter, the Knights (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) responded with three touchdowns in a 7:22 span. Storm Johnson had a 1-yard TD run and a 20-yard reception for another score, and William Stanback ran 12 yards for the tying TD.
UCF then went in front on Shawn Moffitt’s 34-yard field goal with 7:36 remaining.
Louisville (6-1, 2-1) reclaimed the lead on Dominique Brown’s 15-yard run with three minutes to go, but the Knights drove 75 yards in 11 plays to take the lead for good on Bortles’ TD and then held off the Cardinals’ comeback attempt.
Bortles finished 21-of-32 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns while Johnson rushed for 109 yards and a TD on 18 carries, leading a spirited comeback during which the Knights outgained the Cardinals 269-210 in the second half to finish with a 446-445 edge."
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