The Central Florida Knights are making the leap to the Big East in 2013 and are primed to make some serious noise. After finishing 10-4 a season ago, they return plenty of playmakers from an offense that averaged over 35 points per game in 2012. That high-powered offense will be led by quarterback Blake Bortles who is set to take his new conference by storm in 2013.
Bortles enjoyed a bit of a break out sophomore season in 2012, throwing for 3,059 yards and 25 touchdowns while completing nearly 63 percent of his passes. He followed that up with a strong spring and may have put together one of the better spring game performances of any quarterback in the Big East. The redshirt junior showed coaches everything they were hoping to see as he completed 18-of-24 passes, including 10-straight completions at one point, for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
He will be helped out this season by the return of some of its best playmakers in the passing game. The team’s four leading receivers from 2012 are back, led by juniors Rannell Hall and J.J. Worton who combined for 79 receptions last season for 1,225 yards and nine touchdowns last season. They’ll be flanked by senior Jeff Godfrey, who caught 39 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns in 2012, and sophomore Breshad Perriman who hauled in 26 passes for 388 yards and hauled in three touchdowns of his own.
The experience at receiver will be a huge boost to the UCF passing game next season and Bortles should flourish because of it. If not for Teddy Bridgewater with the Louisville Cardinals and his Heisman Trophy candidacy in 2013, Bortles could have made a case for being the best quarterback in the Big East next season. He’ll likely settle for second-best QB, though, and a push for a BCS bid in 2013.