CALIFORNIA (Feb. 3) – Former California University of Pennsylvania quarterback Josh Portis (Woodland Hills, Calif./William H. Taft/Maryland) will participate in the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Game this Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, at 2 p.m. EST.
Portis, who earned All-America Honorable Mention earlier this week, is one of nine players from NCAA Division II programs selected to the NFLPA Game (formerly Texas vs. The Nation). He is listed as one of three quarterbacks for Team Texas, which features a coaching staff including former Dallas Cowboy Bill Bates, eight-time Pro Bowler Kevin Mawae and former Miami Hurricane head coach Larry Coker.
A 6-4 quarterback, Portis passed for over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in each of his two seasons with the Vulcans. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leader with 69 touchdown passes and ranked fourth in career passing yards. A native of The Golden State, Portis posted a 21-6 record as a starter for Cal U and helped the program advance to the NCAA Playoffs in 2009 and 2010.
Portis is one of two players from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selected to the NFLPA Game, as IUP linebacker Mike Gee will play for Team Nation. Portis will be joined on the Texas roster by several notable NCAA Division I players, including Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts, Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe and Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore.
Texas will face The Nation led by Jerry Glanville, who was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 1990-93. SMU head coach June Jones, a three-time National Coach of the Year, will coordinate the offense for Team Nation. The Nation roster features Pitt safety Dominic DeCicco, Miami running back Damie Berry and Ohio State cornerback Devon Torrence.
In addition to the notable college players and coaches at the Alamodome, NFL Hall of Famer Randy White, four-time Pro Bowler Everson Walls, three-time Super Bowl Champion Leon Lett and current Cowboys Tashard Choice, Allen Ball and Stephen McGee will be in attendance at the NFLPA Game.
The NFLPA Game features NFL draft-eligible senior football players with connections to the State of Texas in an all-star game against players from all over the country. Over 400 players who have played in the NFLPA Game have signed NFL contracts in the four-year history of the game.
The all-star game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports, starting at 2 p.m.