Blake played college football at the University of Central Florida. Bortles was the Knights starting quarterback from midway through the 2011 season to 2013.
In 2012, Bortles led UCF to a Conference USA East DivisionChampionship and bowl victory. In 2013, Bortles led the Knights to an upset of then−No. 8 Louisville to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, and an upset victory over sixth-ranked Baylor in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.
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