Jefferson high school's senior signal caller Deiondre Porter has been fantastic his previous two years at quarterback. However, like most guys who are gifted with superior athletic ability and realize their full potential in their senior season, he has been an unstoppable force this year.
Unfortunately the quarterback core at the University of South Florida have been less than stellar. So with such a tremendous quarterback talent already committed to USF (as a defensive back) one wonders aloud; "Why can't Deiondre Porter play quarterback at USF?" This article is the first of a three part series that looks at why the USF Bulls football team have already found their next four-year starter at quarterback but the defensive back coach won't be too happy.
Part 1: Porter fits the blueprint for successful QB's in Bull's history.
The Bulls have not spent many seasons without a quarterback that they could rely on. In their 17 years of existence 12 years were spent with three quarterbacks running the show. Marquel Blackwell, Matt Grothe and B.J. Daniels represents the four-year starters at USF and the stability and growth of the program. When you examine them closer you see that they all have similar attributes to Porter.
Blackwell, a current assistant as USF, was the Bulls QB from '99 to '02 and still holds most of the Bulls career passing records. He holds the total passing yards record (9,108), and he is ranked 9th in career rushing (1,235). The 5'11" 205-pound gun slinger was the original dual-threat for the Bulls, he compiled a 30-12 record and led the team to a record high nine wins during his senior season.
Four years later, Grothe came along and after redshirting his freshman year (like Blackwell) became the Bulls starter. His career high was leading the Bulls to a 9-4 record and a number two BCS ranking during the 2007 season. Grothe, standing at 6' 205lbs, was in line to break every career record held by Blackwell until an injury in game three brought his career to an end prematurely in 2009.
Daniels, a recent 49ers draftee, took over for Grothe when he was injured in 2009 and went on to a career that would leave him second all time in the Big East for total yardage with 8,433 yards passing and 2,068 yards rushing. Daniels, who is listed at 5'11" 210lbs, would probably be the Big East all-time yardage leader if not for a season ending injury during his senior season.
Deiondre Porter fits the bill! He is listed at 6'1" 190lbs and even if the normal high school embellishments are removed he is probably 5'11" 180lbs. His ability to gain yardage with his arm or his feet makes him the duel threat option behind center. He is currently amongst the leaders in passing and rushing yards despite playing in one less game due to an early bye week.
Improvisation and explosiveness is missing from the quarterback position at USF. The ability to avoid rushers and extend plays would make the offensive line look better and give the receiving core an extra second or two to get open. All four of these quarterbacks lead their high schools to success taking advantage of improvisation and explosiveness and the three aforementioned Bulls players provided that.
If given the opportunity to learn on the job or redshirt and then play Porter has the physical gifts to become the next four-year starter for the Bulls. The local impact would be felt in the stands and in recruiting Tampa Bay. Currently its hard to see that the next great Bulls signal caller is currently on the roster and if they don't see Porter's value as a quarterback, its guaranteed that another program will.
Stay tuned for Part 2: Porter is a weapon!