UCF quarterback Blake Bortles (left) and running back Storm Johnson.
By KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson say they will forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft.
They made their announcements Monday during a news conference. The juniors saw their draft stock rise this season as they led the Knights to their first 12-1 finish and upset of heavily favored Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.
Bortles were instrumental throughout the run, throwing for more than 3,500 yards and 25 touchdowns, while completing 68 percent of his passes. Johnson rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first year as the starter.
Bortles sought a rating from the NFL Draft Advisory Board and reportedly received a first-round grade. Some projections list him as one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft.