Oct. 16, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - A total of 30 quarterbacks were honored on the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List in the preseason, and that list has now been trimmed with UCF redshirt junior Blake Bortles being one of 15 signal-callers in the country to remain a candidate for the prestigious award.
The Golden Arm Award is presented by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica. It has been presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation's top college quarterback, based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership and athletic accomplishments.
Candidates must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. The 2013 award will be presented at a ceremony on Dec. 6 in Baltimore, Md.
Throughout the year, Bortles has been among the top vote-getters in the Davey O'Brien Award Fan Vote, and UCF fans can keep casting their ballot at http://www.voteobrien.org/.
The Oviedo native sits second in the American Athletic Conference with a 14.5 yards per completion average and a 160.4 passing efficiency rating. Nationally, those marks also rank 13th and 16th, respectively. Bortles also places third in the league with a 64.8 completion percentage and an average of 273.8 yards of total offense per game.
Bortles has helped UCF post a 4-1 record and a 1-0 mark in The American. He has nine touchdown passes in 2013 compared to three interceptions, throwing for 1,334 yards in the process. For his career, Bortles has amassed 40 touchdown passes and 5,351 yards in the air.
The Knights are creeping closer to gameday as they travel to No. 8/6 Louisville (6-0, 2-0) Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. UCF will eventually return home for its first American game at Bright House Networks Stadium Saturday, Oct. 26, at noon.
Plan your game days this fall with the Knights and experience one of the best schedules in program history. Order tickets today online or call 407-UCF-1000.
2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List
Blake Bortles, UCF
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
James Franklin, Missouri
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Stephen Morris, Miami
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Keith Price, Washington
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Joe Southwick, Boise State
Keith Wenning, Ball State