Pittsburgh 52, UCF 7 - October 13, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
2008 Scouting Report: One of Pitt's most explosive athletes who could be poised for his best season to date...complements dependable hands with eye-blink quickness...also is a tough, hardnosed player who isn't afraid to lay a block downfield...gives Pitt's passing game big-play capability and can also contribute in the return game.
2007: Played in all 12 games, starting five of the final six contests...was named Pitt's Most Improved Offensive Player by the coaching staff...led team with 37 catches...second with 329 receiving yards...averaged 8.9 yards/catch...had nine rushes for 59 yards (6.6 avg.)...also a return specialist and had five kick returns for 94 yards (18.8 avg.) and two punt returns for 33 yards (16.5 avg.)... keyed upset of nationally ranked Cincinnati by posting game and career highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (85)...caught a 15-yard pass on the final TD drive in the fourth quarter that converted a 3rd-and-11 situation...matched his career high with seven catches (for 74 yards) vs. USF...also caught a 2-point conversion pass vs. USF...had five catches for 55 yards at Virginia...at Michigan State had 34 yards on three carries and two catches for 15 yards.
2006: Made immediate contributions his true freshman season, playing in 10 games as a receiver and kick returner...averaged 22.2 yards on 11 kick returns (244 total yards)...had three catches for 18 yards...had three returns for a career-high 101 yards (33.7 avg.) vs. Michigan State...had a season-long return of 55 yards vs. Louisville.
High School: Talented two-way player who was named first team All-Florida Class 2B as a utility player...also garnered first team all-area and all-district...as a senior, had 53 receptions for 797 yards (15.0 avg.) and 11 touchdowns...compiled 37 tackles and six interceptions as a free safety...had three punt returns for touchdowns, including scores of 98, 90 and 74 yards... Pahokee went 12-2 his senior year and was the Florida Class 2B runner-up...transferred to Pahokee from Royal Palm Beach High...as a junior at Royal Palm Beach, had 53 tackles, 10 pass breakups and seven interceptions on defense and caught 18 passes for 200 yards (11.1 avg.) and a touchdown on offense...Palm Beach Post "Super 11"...rated one of the top 80 prospects in Florida by Rivals.com...Rivals also rated him one of the nation's top 55 "athletes"...PrepStar All-Southeast Region...SuperPrep All-Dixie Team...selected to play in the Outback Steakhouse All-Star Game...played under Pahokee coach Leroy Foster...National Honor Society...Principal's Honor Roll.
Personal: Tamarcus J. Porter, born 3/18/88, is the son of Ernest and Tammy Bussey...has four brothers... brother Herbert Porter wrestled at Anderson (S.C.) College...is a cousin of Carlton Williamson, a star safety at Pitt from 1977-80 who went on to play eight seasons for the San Francisco 49ers (1981-88)...T.J.'s mother lived next door to former Pitt great Rickey Jackson as a youth in Pahokee...Jackson, also a Pahokee High product, was an outstanding defensive end at Pitt (1977-80) and then went on to a 16-year career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1981-94, 1996) and San Francisco 49ers (1995)...social sciences major.
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