Jaguars rookie QB Blake Bortles to have high school jersey retired

Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback Blake Bortles has thrown for 435 yards and one touchdown in preseason play.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One night after wrapping up his first preseason as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Blake Bortles will be in attendance when Oviedo High School retires his jersey number.

The ceremony will take place Friday night during Oviedo’s season opener against Lake Brantley.

"That will be cool," Bortles said. "I actually went back the other weekend. But before that, it hadn’t been until before the draft."

When the Jaguars took the former UCF quarterback third overall in the NFL Draft in May, they announced their intentions to have Bortles spend his rookie year backing up veteran Chad Henne. Although they haven’t wavered from that stance, Bortles goes into Thursday night’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons with 28 completions in 45 attempts (62.2 percent) for 435 yards and one touchdown with a passer rating of 101.6.

At Oviedo, where he graduated in 2010, Bortles passed for 5,576 yards and 53 touchdowns — both records for a player from Seminole County — while leading the Lions to district titles as a sophomore and senior.

"I’m excited to go there and see everybody from Oviedo," he said. "I’m very proud to be from there, and I look forward to going back."

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