One of the biggest surprises of the college football season has been the Central Florida Knights. UCF redshirt junior QB Blake Bortles has been the primary reason for their 3-0 start, including an upset-win over the Penn State Nittnay Lions. Bortless completed 20 of 27 attempts for 288 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions in the 34-31 win over Penn State. This, after he had an outstanding 2012 campaign, finishing with 3,059 yards on 251-399 passing, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Bortles is flying under the national radar, but with games against the likes of South Carolina and Louisville in the coming weeks, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to become a household name by season’s end.
The Knights will face a huge test this week against the Gamecoks, and this will be the first chance they have to make some noise nationally and crack the top-25 of the major polls.
Given the shaky play of USC’s secondary, this may be a game Bortles makes a name for himself and keep the Knight’s surprise season going.