- Quinton Porter
birthdate=birth date and age|1982|12|28
Hamilton Tiger-Cats(2008 - present)
Quinton George Porter (born
December 28, 1982in Portland, Maine) is an American football quarterbackwho recently signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Catsof the Canadian Football League. He was on the practice squadfor the Carolina Panthersof the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Houston Texansas an undrafted free agentin 2006. He played collegiately at Boston College.
Porter grew up in
Portland, Maine. 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 School. At Portland High, Porter also played basketballand was a member of the National Honor Society.
2000, his senior year in high school, he won separate honors as Maine's top high school athlete in awards sponsored by USA Todayand 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.
Porter accepted a scholarship from
Boston Collegeand saw action as a backup in 2001and 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 Conferenceplayer of the week for his performance in BC's 28-17 win over Virginia. Leading up to the October 27game against Virginia Tech, 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 State 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.
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 Centurionsof NFL Europe in the spring of 2007. He was released by the Texans August 26, 2007.
Jake Delhommeinjury that left David Carrand 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 Changin 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. [http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/434013] Porter made his first start on September 27, 2008. Porter was sacked ten times by the BC Lionsdefense and went 14-of-27 for 144 yards with two interceptions in a 40-10 loss. [http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/story/2008/09/28/cfl-ham-bc.html] 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 [cite news|url=http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=251939|title=Tiger-Cats' Porter among CFL Players of the Week|date=2008-10-08|publisher=TSN.ca|accessdate=2008-10-08] 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. [cite news|url=http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/445858|title=Porter assumes Ticat QB throne|last=Milton|first=Steve|date=2008-10-06|publisher=The Hamilton Spectator|accessdate=2008-10-06]
* [http://bceagles.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/porter_quinton00.html Official Boston College profile]
* [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/acc/2005-09-13-boston-college-porter_x.htm USA Today: Redshirting pays big for BC QB]
* [http://www.dailyorange.com/media/storage/paper522/news/2003/10/16/Sports/Quinton.Porter.Finds.Sanctuary.On.The.Field.After.His.Fathers.Death.This.Summer-530035.shtml?norewrite200611271554&sourcedomain=www.dailyorange.com Daily Orange (BC): Porter finds sanctuary on field after loss of father]
* [http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/sports/local/stories/061217porter.html Maine Sunday Telegram: Portland QB Gets Shot With Texans]
* [http://tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=237727&lid=sublink05&lpos=headlines_main TSN: Ticats ink import QB porter]
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