Former Florida QB Portis to transfer to Maryland

Updated: December 21, 2005, 11:58 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former Florida quarterback Josh Portis has decided to transfer to Maryland, his mother, Patricia Portis, told ESPN's Joe Schad.

"That was one of his original choices and he likes Coach [Ralph] Friedgen," Patricia Portis said. "He'll be on campus January 2."

Portis played in six games this season and had mixed results. He was 6-of-11 passing for 81 yards with an interception. He also ran 29 times for 163 yards.

Portis, who initially committed to Utah before following Meyer to Gainesville, said he wanted to go where he could play.

"There were a lot of things at Florida that made it a bad fit and I was really just unhappy," Portis told Schad on Tuesday night. "I'm a dynamic quarterback and I didn't come to Florida to run the offense they were running. Maryland is a new start. I know people are mad at me, but I wish Chris Leak and Tim Tebow the best. We're going to make it to a big bowl game at Maryland. And I look forward to playing Florida in the future."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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