May 5, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Brian Ormiston and Eric DeSalvo
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The 2014 NFL Draft is only days away, and former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is one of the Knights ready to hear his name called.
Since Bortles wore No. 5 while at UCF and Monday marks Cinco de Mayo, UCFKnights.com asked fans on social media what their favorite Bortles moments were while with the Black and Gold.
In no particular order, check out what they had to say (stay tuned for top Storm Johnson moments later this week):
UCF Fans' Favorite Blake Bortles Moments
Signing with the Knights
-On Feb. 3, 2010, Bortles was one of the first to send in his National Letter of Intent, officially becoming a UCF Knight out of nearby Oviedo High School.
2012 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl
-Trucking over two Ball State defenders for a touchdown en route to MVP honors.
Game-Winning Drive at Louisville
-UCF knocked off preseason favorite Louisville to take ownership of the American Athletic Conference, coming from 21 points down in the second half, capped off by this drive.
Juggling and Throwing vs. Charleston Southern and Akron
-In his first collegiate game in 2011, Bortles demonstrated his athleticism against Charleston Southern, then duplicated that feat two years later vs. Akron.
First Appearance on National Television
-On Friday night at BYU in 2011 and airing nationally on ESPN, Bortles came off the bench in a 17-17 game in the third quarter and proceeded to go 4-5 for 46 yards to put UCF in field-goal range. It was his first of many appearances on ESPN.
-Taking on Rutgers in ESPN's Thursday night game, Bortles escaped three would-be tacklers to find J.J. Worton (scroll to the 2:25 mark).
-Bortles escapes again, this time at Temple, and takes a big hit when he finds Worton for the greatest catch in UCF history.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
-Bortles (Offensive MVP) throws for 301 yards and three touchdowns to shock Big 12 champion Baylor, and causing a massive celebration by all UCF fans.
Knocking off USF
-Trailing 20-16 late in the fourth quarter, Bortles connects with Breshad Perriman for a 52-yard touchdown pass, and ultimately a win over the Bulls (scroll to the 4:17 mark).
The 91-Yard Touchdown to Start 2013
-Bortles got the memorable 2013 season going with a bang, finding Perriman for 91 yards on the second play of the season, marking the longest play from scrimmage in UCF history.
2014 Football Season Tickets: The March to Victory starts with UCF fans. Order season tickets, starting at $99, today online or call 407-UCF-1000. And to learn about the Croke Park Classic against Penn State Aug. 30 in Dublin, Ireland, check out UCF.CrokeParkClassic.com.