At the age of 23, former UCF standout Blake Bortles became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to record at least 15 passing touchdowns (17), 2,000-plus passing yards (2,193) and 100-plus rushing yards (178) through a team’s first eight games, Tad Dickman, senior manager of public relations for the Jaguars, tweeted.
Though the Jacksonville Jaguars are only 2-6, the team has seen significant production and improvement in its starting quarterback.
The second-youngest quarterback to accomplish this feat was Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. He recorded 16 passing touchdowns, 2,255 passing yards and 214 rushing yards at 25 years old.
The third-youngest was another former Knight, Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper notched 21 passing touchdowns, 2,349 passing yards and 185 rushing yards at 27 years old.
In 14 games last season, Bortles amassed 2,908 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns and 17 interceptions, while completing 58.9 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 419 yards on 56 carries.
Bortles is currently ninth in the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns. The former Knight is also tied with the Philadelphia Eagles’ Sam Bradford for fourth in interceptions thrown with 10. He has also been sacked 25 times, the fourth-most in the league.
Victor Ng is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @_victorT24.