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Maryland's Portis Heads To California (Pa.)

It was no secret in recent weeks that backup quarterback Josh Portis was pursuing transferring down a level (or two) in order to get more playing time at a school next fall. A school official told me a few days ago that nothing had been finalized regarding Portis’s pending departure, but now Portis says he has found a new home at California (Pa.), according to this report.

Portis was a fascinating person to talk with this season. He was always polite and it was clear he had tremendous confidence in his own ability. Coaches raved about his athleticism during camp and guaranteed that he would play in special packages even as the backup. But Portis attempted only three passes during this past season. He ran 31 times for 186 yards but was used less and less later in the season as starter Chris Turner continued to progress. With Turner in place as next season's starter, Portis's role for next year was in question.

I'm curious how everyone feels about how Portis was or was not used this past season.

By Eric Prisbell  |  January 8, 2009; 11:39 AM ET
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Josh who? The quarterback who wouldn't, er, that's couldn't, pass? Big loss. Opens a scholarship for some deserving walk on or another.

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 8, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

josh portis missed his chance when he got caught cheating and lost the remainder of the previous season...that being right when Stephy got that cheap crown of the helmet to face shot in new jersey...and opportunity presented itself to portis and turner...portis missed his chance, turner made the most of his...

fast fwd to this year...turner had a half season + of starter experience and development under his belt and portis completely missed out on his development and potential experience...and i think that showed is his limited performance this year.

had he not gotten caught cheating...we might be in a position where we have the quarterback by committee with turner and portis sharing time and both succeeding togther...i was looking forward to both of those guys stepping up when that opty came...

i just didnt think he was very effective when he did get his plays...funny thing about his runs...they were either good for 10 yards or completely blown up...and i guess i seemed to feel the pain of the blown up plays more than the benefit of the 10 yarders...would have liked to have seen more passing attempts...

unfortunately for portis, he f'ed his up and made his own bed...

i still would liked to have seen portis develop this offseason and try to give the kid some plays again next year and see if he can be more of a contributor but i guess not...

Posted by: deadskin | January 8, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree with deadskin, the fact the Portis was suspended for one year in essence derailed any chance he had of being the starting QB here.

It is a shame though. I think with his mobility and arm strength, he may have been the type of quarterback that would allow Fridge, or whomever was calling the plays to use more of the option and open up the offense. Like the glory days with Hill and McBrien.

Posted by: rockterp | January 8, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This comes as no surprise. Don't know what Josh's skills are because he did't play enough to show much of any. The worse part of this is that MD has only Turner at QB. In my opinion he has yet to demonstrate that he is/or will become a 1st class D-one QB. He is merely a continuance of a group of lesser skilled QB's that RF has recruited. Until MD gets a QB that can run the option as well as throw they will continue to be a middle of the pack team with little hope for a BCS bowl.

Posted by: fellowfan | January 8, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

ok so i thought he had 2 years left of eligibility but the roster i looked at earlier said he was a junior this year...the end of the article on the link in the post above said that he had 2 years left...

that said...why would you bail now when you can operate as Turners understudy next season...and then pretty much fall into the starter roll your senior year???

theoretically he would get more game reps next year with his special packages than he did this year with having had some 34 snaps in games this year and another offseason to develop he should in theory have the opty to play more next year...then he'd still have his senior year with a clear chance to start...

or does he really only have 1 year of eligibility left?

i just cant see why he would bail on that opty unless he only has 1 year and would be faced with limited playing time...but...then again...turner could get hurt...and he'd be the go too guy...

just dont know what he thinks he will accomplish by bailing...i think his best chance at prolonging his fball career is riding this out here...vs. going to poe dunk pa and playing in front of nobody...

the only thing i can think of is that he has 1 year left...given up on making a career of football and figures he could have more fun being a starter in pop warner football than riding the pine in the bigs...

Posted by: deadskin | January 8, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

can i have my vote back from the poll about Portis's role next year?

Posted by: ICBomber | January 9, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Portis may be polite and (overly) confident, but he's also somewhat of a head case. Will be surprised if he has a successful college or pro career.

Posted by: hogtown00 | January 9, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

deadskin - he only has one year of eligibility left. He used one at Florida before transferring to Maryland, sat out a year as required after the transfer, then forfeited his first year of eligibility at Maryland when he was declared ineligible by the university. So for his four seasons of eligbility in five years, he used one at FL, lost one at MD, and had one very unfulfilling one of active play last year.

Posted by: jrfisher57 | January 9, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

deadskin - I may have to ammend my comments. He would have had one year left if he stayed at Maryland. There may be a different set of rules since he is going to a Division II school. Note that the article said that Josh said he had two years left. Wouldn't be the first time someone thought they had something coming to them they actually did not. For his sake, it would be nice if he did get two years to play at that level. He should be able to tear it up if he's as good as everyone thought coming out of high school.

Posted by: jrfisher57 | January 9, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I have to believe the coaches could have done a better job using his athletic skills. I'm dissappointed they did not convert him to a position he could handle.

Posted by: srcog | January 9, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

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