Bortles heads into hall of fame

August, 26, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blake Bortles hasn't played in a regular-season game yet -- and he may not do so this season, either -- but he is already headed for the hall of fame.

At Oviedo (Fla.) High School.

The school is planning on inducting Bortles into the school's hall of fame and retiring his jersey on Friday night when the Lions play host to Lake Brantley. Bortles will be inducted in a pregame ceremony and his jersey will be retired at halftime.

"That'll be cool," Bortles said Tuesday afternoon. "I'll be excited to go out there, see everybody from Oviedo. Very proud to be from there and I look forward to going back."

Bortles set Seminole County career records in passing yards (5,576) and touchdown passes (53) at Oviedo High School, which is located in the city of the same name Northeast of Orlando. He led the Lions to district titles as a sophomore and senior.

Bortles went 22-5 as a starter and threw for 7,598 yards and 56 touchdowns in three seasons at Central Florida. He led the Knights to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor and was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a redshirt junior in 2013 before the Jaguars drafted him third overall in May.

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter



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