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Quinton George Porter (born December 28, 1982 in ) is an Gridiron football quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was on the practice squad for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played collegiately at Boston College.

Early life

Porter grew up in Portland, Mainemarker. He was the youngest of the five children of Georgia and Michael Porter. He was a football star at King Middle School, then Portland High Schoolmarker. At Portland High, Porter also played basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society.

In 2000, his senior year in high school, he won separate honors as Maine's top high school athlete in awards sponsored by USA Today and Gatorade. He led Portland High to 10-1 record in football while throwing for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns. He gained all-state and all-conference honors.

College career

Porter accepted a scholarship from Boston Collegemarker and saw action as a backup in 2001 and 2002. He was the starting quarterback his junior year (2003) for all but the last three games after a hand injury.

He was redshirted in 2004, making 2005 his senior year.

Porter was named starting quarterback at the start of the 2005 season. He started seven games and was named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week for his performance in BC's 28-17 win over Virginiamarker. Leading up to the October 27 game against Virginia Techmarker, the Eagles under Porter were ranked 13th in the country.

However, after a 30-10 loss to 3rd ranked Virginia Tech (led by quarterback Marcus Vick, brother of Michael Vick, and a loss to North Carolina, a quarterback controversy erupted as BC coach Tom O'Brien announced that he would start Porter's backup, Matt Ryan, in the upcoming game against North Carolina State University. Ryan began starting, and led the Eagles to a victory over Boise Statemarker in the MPC Computers Bowl.

In February 2003 Porter experienced a personal tragedy when his father died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Michael Porter, a huge supporter of his son, had attended every Boston College game, home and away.

Professional career

Houston Texans

Porter signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent May 8, 2006. He was soon moved to the practice squad where he stayed until early December. He was then signed to the active roster for the remainder of his rookie season. He was the team's third string quarterback for much of the 2006 season. He saw no regular season playing time. The Texans sent him to play for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe in the spring of 2007. He was released by the Texans August 26, 2007.

Carolina Panthers

After a Jake Delhomme injury that left David Carr and Matt Moore as the only healthy quarterbacks on the Panthers' roster. Porter was signed to Carolina's practice squad on September 26, 2007.

Hamilton Tiger Cats

On May 14, 2008, the Hamilton Tiger Cats announced the signing of Porter. He beat out Timmy Chang in the preseason to become the Ti-Cats third string quarterback. He moved up to the second string on July 25 due to an injury to Casey Printers. He was moved up to the second string again for the September 12 game by new head coach Marcel Bellefeuille. Porter made his first start on September 27, 2008. Porter was sacked ten times by the BC Lions defense and went 14-of-27 for 144 yards with two interceptions in a 40-10 loss. His performance in his second start, 27-of-32 passing for 429 yards and five touchdowns including running himself for 42 yards on six carries, earned him the CFL's Offensive Player of the Week honours as well as the team's unexpected victory over the East's first place team, the Montreal Alouettes, and seems to have solidified his position as the number one quarterback on the Ti-Cats roster.

References

  1. USA Today: Redshirting pays big for BC QB
  2. Daily Orange (BC): Porter finds sanctuary on field after loss of father
  3. Maine Sunday Telegram: Portland QB Gets Shot With Texans
  4. TSN: Ticats ink import QB porter
  5. http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/434013
  6. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/story/2008/09/28/cfl-ham-bc.html


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