UCF Pro Day player to watch: Blake Bortles
March, 19, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
AP Photo/John RaouxBlake Bortles looks to help his draft stock during his pro day.
What does he do best?
Bortles led UCF on six second-half comebacks in 2013, tied for the most in the FBS. When trailing in the second half, Bortles had a 89.6 Total QBR, which ranked second in the FBS behind Teddy Bridgewater (92.3) and just ahead of Johnny Manziel (88.8)
Overall, Bortles was more effective after halftime than in the first half of games, posting an 82.4 Total QBR in the second half, a 74.0 in the first half last season.
Bortles also had a nice touch on his deep throws. He completed 50 percent of his throws that traveled 20 or more yards downfield, tied with Oregon's Marcus Mariota for the second-highest percentage among quarterbacks from automatic-qualifying conferences last season. Only Tajh Boyd of Clemson fared better (54.7 percent).
Bortles joined Daunte Culpepper as the only two UCF quarterbacks to have two seasons of at least 3,000 yards passing. Bortles’ numbers in his final year at UCF are comparable to those of Culpepper’s, with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions, compared to 28 and 7 for Culpepper.
While Bortles’ numbers fall short of Bridgewater and Manziel’s, his Knights finished 10th in the final AP Poll, ahead of both Louisville (15th) and Texas A&M (18th).