Bortles Shining Under Center

Sept. 17, 2013

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - When the American Athletic Conference announced its offensive player of the week award Monday, there was little suspense regarding who won the honor - Blake Bortles. The junior quarterback was more than deserving of the award.

Bortles had just guided the UCF offense through one of the loudest environments in college football en route to a 34-31 win at Penn State, that many consider the biggest victory in program history. He matched a career high with three touchdown passes while going 20-for-27 for 288 yards.

The performance was the latest of three strong showings in 2013 for the Oviedo native. Here is a look at some of his accomplishments in 2013:

• He has completed 50-of-70 pass attempts for 816 yards and has seven touchdowns with only one interception
• Bortles is completing 71.4 percent of his passes
• The junior is fifth nationally in passing efficiency at 199.5
• He ranks 20th in the country with 816 total passing yards
• At 16.32, he is eighth nationally in passing yards per completion
• He has recorded a touchdown pass in 11-straight games
• Bortles has helped four UCF receivers already post 100 yards: Rannell Hall (212), Breshad Perriman (181), J.J. Worton (175) and Josh Reese (106)