Stats & Info: UCF

UCF Pro Day player to watch: Blake Bortles

March, 19, 2014

AP Photo/John RaouxBlake Bortles looks to help his draft stock during his pro day.
NFL scouts will turn their attention to Blake Bortles as Central Florida holds its pro day today. Bortles rates among the top quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft.

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).

Conference Power Rankings: Week 8

October, 25, 2010
The two biggest movers after week 8 are the ACC and Big East.

The ACC -- thanks to its most AP voting points since Week 1 -- had the largest jump of any conference from last week's rankings. Florida State and Virginia Tech have not lost since September 11th. Miami’s only loss during that span was to FSU. The ACC is one Boise State loss away from overtaking the WAC. Unfortunately for the ACC, our friends at AccuScore say the Broncos have a 92.9 percent chance of remaining undefeated through the remainder of the regular season.

The Big East, on the other hand, continues its fall from the elite. West Virginia’s loss to Syracuse did help the Orange pick up eight AP voting points but also sent West Virginia’s total tumbling from 346 to eight. This is not the formula for success in this system. The Big East is 3-11 against the seven conferences rated above it.

Conference USA, the conference right behind the Big East, has its biggest game of the regular season on Saturday with UCF hosting East Carolina. Each school has won their last nine regular season conference games.

The Pac-10 and Big Ten flip-flopped again with the Pac-10 now holding the number two spot. This should be expected often throughout the rest of the regular season.

For a brief recap on how we rank the conferences click here.