the first time in at least two years, there's no doubt that
Josh Portis is going to play.
Just how athletic is Portis?
"He's as good an athlete maybe as I've been around," coach
Ralph Friedgen said. "Like James (Franklin) says to me, he's
almost freakish. I could show you tape, our defense can't
even put a hand on him. Now, he may run 40 yards backwards,
which drives me nuts, but after he runs 220 yards he's usually
in the end zone."
Friedgen's concern is how Portis will do once he gets hit
because it hasn't happened in three years. And Portis has
got to eliminate unforced errors. Portis can take a bad play
and turn it into a good play, but he's also capable of vice
His arm is underrated because so much of the attention has
been on his speed -- as a redshirt freshman in 2006, Portis
set the school record for a quarterback's 40 time in spring
testing with a 4.53.
Maryland Gazzette by Jimmy Kerronze