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NFL decision looms for UCF QB Blake Bortles

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Fresh off one of the biggest wins in school history, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles may have as high a draft stock as he may ever have. This makes the decision tot turn pro a little more complicated for Bortles, who has been holding off on a decision to return to UCF for 2014 or jump in to the NFL Draft pool.

According to Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com, Bortles will meet with UCF head coach George O’Leary to review his NFL status on Friday. A decision on his playing future could realistically be expected soon after that meeting.

Bortles completed 20 of 31 pass attempts for 301 yards and three touchdowns in UCF’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Big 12 champion Baylor on Wednesday. He was named the game’s offensive MVP for his effort and deflected questions about his future by saying he was just focused on celebrating the moment with his team. Bortles has been seemingly been moving up the draft rankings over the last month, and some seem to think he might be worthy fo a top ten pick. This is a contrast to just weeks ago when the feeling seemed to be Bortles had a chance to be drafted in the late first round.

If Bortles does return for the 2014 season he will have an excellent chance to lead UCF to another conference championship, although the postseason format is changing. Instead of having an automatic spot reserved in one of the top college football bowl games under the new structure next season, the conference champion will have a chance to play in the Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl or Cotton Bowl on a rotating basis if they are ranked higher than the conference champions from the Mountain West Conference, Conference USA, MAC or Sun Belt. If that system was in place this season, UCF would have played in the bowl game with the spot available this season.

UCF is set up for regular success moving forward in to 2014 and beyond under the new college football structure, and having Bortles back would be a nice boost for the fortunes of 2014. But f his stock is this high and the NFL evaluation is suggesting he will be a first round talent, it will be hard to make the call to come back for another season.

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7 Responses to “NFL decision looms for UCF QB Blake Bortles”
  1. canetic says: Jan 2, 2014 6:14 PM

    Is there really a choice? He’s a potential top 5 pick. Two months ago nobody had heard of him. No reason to stick around.

  2. jrs45 says: Jan 2, 2014 6:35 PM

    Dude has a hot gf!

  3. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jan 2, 2014 8:10 PM

    I don’t really like it when guys leave early but he should and I wouldn’t dislike him if he did.

  4. keiteay says: Jan 2, 2014 9:36 PM

    A top-five draft status, guaranteed multi-million dollar contract, and generational wealth? Or another year of playing for free for a soon-to-be non-AQ school with virtually nothing to gain in terms of draft stock, and potential earning potential?

    Get it while you can, Blake.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 3, 2014 10:47 AM

    jrs45 says:
    Jan 2, 2014 6:35 PM

    Dude has a hot gf!
    _________________________

    All she needs now is to have Musberger drool over her and she’ll get famous….

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 3, 2014 10:51 AM

    I worry a bit about George O’Leary’s relationship with Bill O’Brien. I’m not sure Blake Bortles is a #1 overall talent….

  7. rcbornhauser says: Jan 4, 2014 6:01 AM

    If Bortles is smart, he’ll come out.

    Also, I will look like less of an idiot for putting him as the #1 pick in my mock draft.

    I feel my credibility hovering around the Skip Bayless/Paul Finnebaum line regardless..

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