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January 6, 2014
Video: Bortles, Johnson declare for NFL Draft
UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson announced on Monday they've decided to forgo their senior seasons to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Both players received positive feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Bortles was told he could go in the first round and Johnson is being tabbed as a possible third rounder. Some analysts are projecting Bortles as the draft's No. 2 quarterback and a possible top 10 pick.
UCF coach George O'Leary said he'd love to have both players back for 2014, but he fully supports their decisions. He clarified that they still have until Jan. 15 to change their mind.
Bortles and Johnson were a big reason for UCF's 12-1 season that culminated last Wednesday with a 52-42 victory against Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Bortles, the game's Most Outstanding Offensive Player and the American Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Year, passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 93 yards and another score.
On the season, Bortles completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,581 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 272 yards and six touchdowns.
Johnson, a member of the American Athletic Conference First Team, rushed for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first full season as starter. He added 30 receptions for 260 yards and three more touchdowns. In the Fiesta Bowl, Johnson rushed for 124 yards on 20 carries with three touchdowns.