NEWPORT, R.I. -- During his tenure in Orlando, UCF coach George O’Leary has traditionally selected seniors to represent the Knights at conference media day.
This time around, however, O’Leary opted to bring junior quarterback Blake Bortles along with senior offensive linemen Justin and Jordan McCray. The decision was an obvious nod to the expectation that Bortles must step up as the team’s leader.
With just eight seniors on the roster, the second-year starting quarterback will be put front and center as the face of the program.
Bortles said he felt “very priveleged” that O’Leary brought him to the media day, and he said he understands the qualities expected of him in the locker room this season.
“I’ve definitely been working on that, on being more vocal,” Bortles said. “I’ve never been a vocal guy. I’ve been more of a lead-by-example guy. But sometimes you’ve got to be more vocal and talk and let the other guys around you know if they’re doing something wrong and when they do something right.”