Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles isn't receiving a ringing endorsement from his college coach as it pertains to being a can't-miss quarterback that can turn a team around in year one.
Appearing on Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Central Florida coach George O'Leary was asked if he thought Bortles was the kind of franchise quarterback that could turn a team around in a positive direction. O'Leary exercised some caution when giving his answer.
“Blake has all the things you’re looking for in a quarterback as far as size and mental capacity to handle a lot of things,” O’Leary said. “But that first year is tough because those guys are moving a lot faster than the college guys.”
O'Leary also said that a sure-fire franchise quarterback comes once every 10 years, and Andrew Luck was that guy two drafts ago.
It's not like O'Leary threw Bortles under the bus. But he didn't exactly sing his praises either. The college coach did offer a realistic take on his former quarterback, who led Central Florida to a win in the Fiesta Bowl.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.