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?
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