I don't know how many Maryland football fans were watching the end of the Seattle Seahawks' 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on ESPN on Thursday. For those that were, it had to be a little jarring to see Josh Portis actually throwing the ball well. The former Terps quarterback led the Seahawks' comeback, completing five of nine passes for 69 yards and that touchdown, which tied the game.
The weird thing about this is that Portis barely threw the ball in his troubled three-year tenure in College Park. Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times noted that Portis threw three times as many passes in the fourth quarter on Thursday than he did in his entire Maryland career. Pretty nuts, if you think about it.
Below the jump, here's how other Terps fared in their preseason opener.
- Former Terps receiver LaQuan Williams played very well for the Ravens late, catching three passes for 46 yards. If he is to make the roster, he will have to make it on special teams.
- Torrey Smith, though, didn't fare as well, as he didn't catch a single ball in the game. The Baltimore Sun's description wasn't kind: "Rookie receiver Torrey Smith, the second round pick out of Maryland, didn't look comfortable running routes, especially going in and out of breaks or cuts. There was no acceleration, as if he was unsure of where he was running."
- Former Terps tight end Will Yeatmen got in the books for the Patriots, catching two passes for 14 yards.
- Adrian Canon didn't catch any balls for the Chargers, but did get one special teams tackle