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Friedgen Talks Portis

It was not long ago that Maryland coaches were praising the progress of Josh Portis, calling him an athletic freak of nature and guaranteeing that he would see playing time at quarterback regardless of who was named starter. Three games into the season, coaches and fans are still waiting for Portis to have a significant impact in a game. Coach Ralph Friedgen still plans on using Portis the same way, using him in specific packages throughout games.

Friedgen said he sees Portis improving in practice, but would like to see him be more productive in games because it would “build more confidence and I will continue to play him. I think that will happen. How fast that will happen? You get into a game like last week and every play is important. You can’t go in and have a bad play and stop yourself on the drive. He has been told that. We’re still going to stick with the same formula in playing him. Hopefully he will continue to get better because he does bring something to our offense.

“Where I see him getting better is as a regular quarterback. Sometimes I see it maybe more than James Franklin does. Because I kind of know where Josh has been. Some of the little things I get excited about where James doesn’t. Sometimes you can see the forest from the trees. I do see him getting better. Then he will be going along doing pretty well, then he will do something stupid. Let me take two steps back. As long as he keeps working at it and keeps getting better, we will keep working with him. Someday hopefully he will blossom and turn into a real fine quarterback.”

Players have repeatedly talked about watching Portis break big running plays for touchdowns in practice. Is this the week Portis does it in a game?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 18, 2008; 7:22 AM ET
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Maybe it is time for you to start asking Ralph about the "Portis Package". So far, it hasn't been a package at all. It has been a play or two mixed into Chris' time. I think most of us believed, when we heard about a package, that Josh would come into the game for at least a series or two if Chris or Jordan, whoever was the QB, had a couple of three and outs. Wasn't it described as a change of pace? How can inserting him for one play in the middle of a drive be a change of pace?

Posted by: Paco in Ajijic | September 18, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Agree with Paco. My general observation has been that offenses must be in a good flow to have success. Rotating QBs for series has been made to work, but I've never seen anyone make it work when switching from play-to-play. (Goal line/2pt conversions excepted)

Last week was a prime example. Putting in Portis for one play and asking him to make a rhythm throw doesn't seem to make much sense to me.

Now, if Ralph develops confidence in Turner there's little need to insert Portis at all - but if you are going to use him, he should probably go in for a full series. At least that way, it won't be predictable when he's on the field.

Posted by: dlgood | September 18, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

There was a play last week where portis came in a shotgun formation and handed it to hey bey coming across teh front of him. I have no doubt if he would have faked the handoff he could have gone to the house -- left side of the field was WIDE open...

Posted by: Drubes | September 18, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

A less predictable Portis "package" equals more "productive" Portis.....

Posted by: BD-EC | September 18, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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