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Updated: January 6th, 2014 7:31pm
UCF quarterback Bortles to enter NFL draft, Hundley will stay at UCLA

UCF quarterback Bortles to enter NFL draft, Hundley will stay at UCLA

by Andrew Krammer
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After leading the University of Central Florida Knights to their most successful season in program history, quarterback Blake Bortles will forgo his senior season for the NFL, per ESPN.com.

Bortles, listed 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, led the Knights to a 12-1 season and a 52-42 upset victory over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl on New Years Day. Bortles finished with 25 touchdowns to nine interceptions en route to school's American Athletic Conference title. 

The Minnesota Vikings desperately need a franchise cadence caller. The Vikings took one Knights quarterback with the 11th overall pick in 1999 when they signed Daunte Culpepper. The Vikings have the 8th overall pick in April. 

A few top college quarterbacks have already officially declared for the 2014 NFL draft, but here's a list of seniors and underclassmen that could be among the pool of quarterbacks to draft:

*Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)
*Blake Bortles (UCF)
Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
David Fales (San Jose State)
Derek Carr (Fresno State)
*Brett Smith (Wyoming)
A.J. McCarron (Alabama)
+Zach Mettenberger (LSU)
Tajh Boyd (Clemson)
+Aaron Murray (Georgia)

*underclassman declared
+injured

The underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL draft, which is set to begin on May 8. A disappointing season from Boyd and injuries to Mettenberger and Murray cloud the highly-touted class of passers, but there remains plenty of options. 

Hundley to return to UCLA

Every college quarterback that returns to school drains that would-be pool for the Vikings.

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley announced he will return for his redshirt junior season. 

From ESPN.com:

"The sophomore quarterback finished the season with 3,071 passing yards and 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions, completing 67.2 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 748 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Hundley, who redshirted one season under coach Rick Neuheisel, already ranks among the most prolific quarterbacks in UCLA history with 6,816 yards passing.

Hundley spoke to former UCLA teammates Johnathan Franklin and Datone Jones about their NFL experiences while making his decision, and they encouraged him to take his time with the Bruins." 

The Vikings drafted two Bruins in April when they selected punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round (155th overall) and guard Jeff Baca in the sixth round (196th overall). 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
Email Andrew | @andrew_krammer
In this story: Jeff Baca, Jeff Locke
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