An Elite Group



Nov. 4, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - Guiding No. 19/21 UCF to one of its best starts in program history, junior quarterback Blake Bortles was selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Monday.

The Davey O'Brian National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. It honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics.

UCF fans stuffed the online ballot box and helped Bortles win the first fan vote, edging out Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel 22% to 18%. Each round of the fan vote counts as 5% of the total vote.

The semifinal round of the fan vote reopens at 3 p.m. Monday, and the voting totals will be cleared from the previous round. Fans can vote as often as once daily at Voting will close at 1 p.m. Nov. 24.

The three Davey O'Brien finalists will be announced Nov. 25, and the winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards Dec. 12 on ESPN.

A native of nearby Oviedo, Bortles is eighth in the country with a passing efficiency rating of 167.5, while he is completing 67.2 percent of his passes. He also has recorded 15 touchdown through the air compared to four interceptions, and racked up 1,870 passing yards in the process. In only 33 minutes of work in UCF's last game against UConn (a 62-17 win), Bortles was responsible for five touchdowns including a career-high four touchdown passes.

Bortles has helped the Knights post their first victory over a top-10 team (Louisville) and first win against a Big Ten program (Penn State), all while they have achieved their highest ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 (No. 19) and in the BCS standings (No. 21).

For his career, Bortles ranks fifth all-time at UCF with 459 completions and fifth with 46 touchdown passes.

With Bortles under center, UCF is averaging 37.0 points per game. The single-season record stands at 37.3 set in 1992. And he has had a dynamic offensive line to thank as well as the Knights up front have surrendered just four sacks in the last six games.

Bortles and the Knights carry a 6-1 overall record with a 3-0 mark in the American Athletic Conference. They will be taking on Houston, which also sits in first place with a 4-0 record in league play (7-1 overall), Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bright House Networks Stadium.

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.

And make sure to visit the 2013 UCF Football Bowl Game Presale Ticket Central page for ordering information on potential postseason bowl destinations.

2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists
Blake Bortles, UCF
Tojh Boyd, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Brett Hundley, UCLA
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
A.J. McCarron, Alabama
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Bryce Petty, Baylor
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Jameis Winston, Florida State



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