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Offensive Player of the Year: QB Deiondre Porter
Why We Picked Him
You need not look any further than his stat line. Porter threw for 3,199 yards and 33 touchdowns while adding 1,499 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. His 4,698 total yards were the most by anyone in the state this season, eclipsing the second-best total by 479 yards. Porter’s 53 touchdowns were also tops in the state. The accomplishments say a lot about Porter, a USF commit. But as far as he’s concerned, it says more about his team as a whole. “That says that my coaching staff was doing something right, my O-line, my receivers and myself are all on one accord and we all have confidence in each other,” Porter said. The Dragons’ only losses came at the hands of Armwood, and in the second meeting in the second round of the 6A playoffs, Porter threw for 456 yards and helped the Dragons put up 48 points against a stingy Hawks defense.
Porter was the starting quarterback for three seasons, taking over after the Dragons won the state championship in 2010. In each of the next two years after that title, the Dragons had winning seasons, but missed the playoffs. Porter said he is proud to have been able to lead his team to district runner-up honors and a playoff berth.
Porter, a three-star recruit, has orally committed to USF. The Bulls finished 2-6 this season, but Porter looks forward to helping turn the program around. He is excited about staying near his home to play at the next level. “I want to bring a championship back to my city,” he said.
Did You Know?
Porter comes from a family of talented football players. Porter’s uncle, Derrick Gaines, was a running back at Florida A&M before spending three years in the NFL. His father, Fred Porter, was a defensive back for the Rattlers. A 5-year-old Porter followed in his family’s footsteps when he began playing Pop Warner for the East Tampa Bandits, and the rest is history. “I’m built around football,” he said. Continue Reading by Clicking Here
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