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Maryland backup QB to transfer

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Maryland backup quarterback Josh Portis will transfer to California (Pa.) for the spring semester, Portis said late Wednesday night.

"It just wasn't the right situation," Portis said. "I learned a lot, got a good education. I learned about perseverance and it made me a better person. I wish Maryland the best. I hope they do well next year. It was a fun school to be at as far as socially, but it didn't work out for me. It didn't pan out for me so I have to move on."

There was a lot of hype surrounding Portis, who transferred from Florida at the end of the 2005 season, but his time at Maryland fell far below expectations. He sat out the 2006 season because of NCAA transfer rules, sat out 2007 because he was caught cheating on a pop quiz and ruled ineligible, and was used sparingly this season. He threw the ball just three times this season and ran 31 times for 186 yards and a touchdown in eight games. Playing time was obviously a factor in his decision.

Whether he was underutilized in Maryland's offense or didn't execute it as well as the coaches would have liked depends on who you talk to. Most everyone agrees, though, that he is tall (6-4), fast (he set a quarterback school record during '06 spring testing with a 4.53 40-yard dash), and extremely athletic.

Portis is three credits shy of graduating, but said he can take a Spanish class at Cal that will transfer back to Maryland so he can get his degree from College Park. He said he will have two years of eligibility remaining.