NEW MEXICO:Four-year starter who emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the Mountain West Conference as a sophomore in 2007 and played perhaps his most inspired football as a senior...played in 4 different systems in 5 years at UNM, but did an excellent job leading the offense in his final season...played less than 12 quarters in an injury plagued 2008 campaign before suffering a season-ending torn ACL and MCL in his right knee (week 4 at Tulsa)...a calm, poised passer who displayed a strong arm with a smooth, quick delivery...a pass-first, pro style quarterback, but did a nice job of moving in the pocket to avoid the rush and was an opportunistic runner...finished his career as one of the most productive QBs in program history...5 games over 300 yards passing and ranked among the top-10 all-time at UNM in passing yards (6,756 - 3rd), TD passes (33 - 5th), completions (614 - 3rd), efficiency rating (116.48 - T-10th)...left UNM as the most accurate passer in school history among the 5 QBs with 4,000+ career yards...officially 2nd with a 58% rate...14 wins (14-20 record) as the starting QB are tied for 6th at UNM...missed all or part of 5 games in his career due to injury...won the first 3 starts of his career in `06, all come-from-behind victories, to lead the Lobos back into the bowl hunt...engineered 5 second half comebacks in his career, including 3 game-winning drives on the final possession of the 4th quarter...took over the starting QB job midway through the `06 season after beginning the year third on the depth chart...teammates named him Most Improved Player following the season...was the first freshman to start at QB for UNM since Stoney Case in 1991...2-time MWC Offensive Player of the Week...named Most Valuable Offensive Scout by his teammates in 2005...graduated with a degree in Communication & Journalism in December of 2009.
2009 (SENIOR): Shook off a sluggish start and quietly played some of the most inspired football of his career over his last 8 games...5th in the MWC, averaging 200.9 yards/game (2,411 total) with 12 TDs and 13 INTs, while completing 58% (249-432) of his passes in 12 games (all starts) for a 107.7 efficiency rating...did a great job of taking care of the ball most of the year, before an uncharacteristic 4 INTs (3 in the second half) in the season finale...had a 7-game stretch (games 5-11) where he averaged 246 yards with 11 TDs and 6 INTs while completing 58% of his passes to 15 different receivers for an efficiency rating of 115.7...threw for mulitple TDs in 4 of his last 8 games...300-yard day in week 5 at Texas Tech...5 deep completions of 40+ yards with a long of 61...14 completions of 25+ yards...played one quarter in week 3 vs. Air Force (coach's decision)...4-time team captain...earned the Lobo Club Award for Unselfish Devotion To Team at the postseason banquet.
vs. No. 22 BYU...Played one of the most inspired games of his career, leading UNM to a near-upset...28-44 (64%) for 272 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs...efficiency rating of 130.56 was his second-best this year...came up clutch time and time again to keep the Lobos in the hunt...9-14 passing for 113 yards, 8 1st downs and both TDs on 3rd down plays...3-3 passing for 37 yards and 3 1st downs on 4th down...did much of his damage on the move, including an ad-lib shovel pass to RB Kasey Carrier...displayed perfect touch on his 20-yard TD to Victor James...came up 7 yards short of a 1st down on a career-long 20-yard run on the Lobos' final play of the game (4th-and-27).
at San Diego State...Strong game against a blitz-heavy defense...277 yards, a TD, and no INTs on 27-52 passing...did a nice job of using his feet and throwing the ball away to avoid pressure, taking only 2 sacks...also stood tall in the pocket to deliver passes downfield under duress...started 10-15 for 74 yards...converted 5 3rd-and-long plays with his arm to keep scoring drives alive...delivered a perfect strike to Daryl Jones for a 5-yard score on 3rd-and-goal...led the team down to the UNM 47 in the final seconds and appeared to complete a 25-yard pass on 4th-and-20 before replay officials overruled the play.
vs. UNLV...Turned in his most effective game since the `07 New Mexico Bowl, recording a season-high 149.99 efficiency rating...completed 20 of 30 passes (67%) for 219 yards and 2 TDs with no INTs...went 11-13 for 109 yards and had both TDs in the 2nd half...perfect ball placement on both scoring plays, dropping a 25-yard pass to Daryl Jones in the back corner of the end zone and then leading Lucas Reed away from the defender on a 13-yard TD...completed passes to 8 different receivers...excluding 4 sacks, he was was also effective on the ground, rushing for 46 yards on 8 carries (5.8 avg.) with a long of 11.
at Wyoming...Solid effort in frigid, snowy conditions...started the game by hitting 7 of his first 9 passes for 83 yards and a TD and finished 26-40 for 252 yards...threw 2 INTs, but first was a pass that bounced off the hands of the receiver and final pick was thrown into the end zone in the final seconds.
at Texas Tech...Battled for four quarters as he kept the Lobos within 14 points of the heavily favored Red Raiders late in the 4th quarter...turned in his first 300-yard game since `07 with 316 yards on career-highs of 30-56 passing (54%)...it was the most completions and attempts by a Lobo QB since 1994 (Stoney Case)...spread the ball around to 10 different receivers...had TD passes of 7 and 61 yards - his first multiple TD game since the `07 New Mexico Bowl - with no interceptions...got off to a great start, completing his first 5 passes to 5 different receivers for 48 yards on the opening drive.
vs. New Mexico State...Played the entire game, completing 16-28 passes for 206 yards, a TD and INT...14-25 for 200 yards and his first TD since 2007 over the final 3 quarters...hit Ty Kirk deep down the middle for a gain of 42 on the opening play of the 2nd half and found Victor James on a similar play for a long 45 late in the quarter...led the Lobos' on a 7-play, 50-yard drive (3-6 passing) with 39 seconds remaining, but the game-tying 47-yard FG was missed...didn't take any sacks and ran the option to perfection on James Wright's 39-yard run in the 2nd quarter.
at Texas A&M...Returned to full contact game action for the first time in nearly 11 months...showed a little rust early on, but grew more comfortable as the game went on and avoided any game-changing turnovers...210 yards passing, matching his career-high with 29 pass completions on 40 attempts - the second-most of his career...completed passes to 9 different receivers - 6 of whom made the first catches of their careers.
2008 (JUNIOR): Saw his already tough season come to an end late in the 2nd quarter at Tulsa...was hit low by a defender after tossing a screen pass, resulting in a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee...was on his way to a solid game, completing 11-13 passes for 92 yards before the injury...was also knocked out of the season-opener vs. TCU with a neck injury midway through the 2nd quarter...finished the year with 372 passing yards in roughly 11 1/2 quarters (4 starts), working with a young, inexperienced WR group...5 interceptions with 0 touchdown passes...66.7% completion rate (50-75)...had been a much bigger running threat with 47 yards rushing and a long of 13...taking away sacks, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry (78 yds. - 17 att.)...scored his first career TD on a 25-yard catch from RB Rodney Ferguson in the Lobos' week 3 upset of Arizona.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Turned in an outstanding season in his first year as a full-time starter...threw for 3,006 yards - the best by a Lobo since 1994 (Stoney Case) and 4th on the UNM single season list...ranked third in the MWC in passing yardage (231/game) and passing TDs with a career-high 15...his 9 interceptions were the 2nd-fewest among the 8 MWC QBs with at least 250 attempts...2 picks came on dropped passes...ranked 5th in passing efficiency (126.3)...connected on 58.4% (244-418) of his passes...244 completions ranked 3rd on the UNM single season list...also did a fine job of moving in the pocket and throwing the ball away, taking just 24 sacks on the year...became the first Lobo in 9 years with back-to-back 300-yard passing games (vs. New Mexico State and Arizona) and added a 3rd 300-yard effort in the New Mexico Bowl...had efficiency ratings of over 150 in 6 games, including a career-best 218.03 vs. New Mexico State.
vs. Colorado State...Efficiency rating (156.3) was the best in 6 games as he completed 21-29 (72%) passes for 211, 2 first half TDs and no INTs...stood in against the rush to complete several big passes.
at San Diego State...Threw for 239 yards (18-35) and a TD, but tied a career-high with 2 interceptions...one pick came when the intended WR fell down across the middle of the field...however, he was at his best when it mattered most...led UNM on its longest drive of the season, marching the team 94 yards on 13 plays for a game-tying TD with less than 3 minutes to play in the 1st half...7-10 passing for 88 yards, including a 25-yard TD on the drive...capped the night with an 8-play, 65-yard game-winning drive with under 2 minutes to play...3-4 for 35 yards and picked up 14 yards rushing on 2 scrambles on the final drive to lead the Lobos to the improbable victory.
at Wyoming...Strong performance against the nation's No. 8 defense in tough weather conditions...completed 14-23 passes for 215 yards and broke the game open for the Lobos when he hit Travis Brown in stride down the middle with a perfectly thrown 63-yard TD pass...score came just 4 plays after a 2-hour weather delay late in the 2nd quarter...did a fine job of standing in against the rush to make big throws downfield.
vs. Sacramento State...Threw for 239 yards (20-27), with a 24-yard TD and no interceptions, in just 3 quarters of action...completed passes to 7 different receivers.
at Arizona...Sensational performance to lead the Lobos to a landmark road win against one of the Pac-10's most experienced and talented defenses...had all his tools on display as he threw for 327 yards on 29-41 passing (71%)...matched his career-best with 3 TD passes...made the momentum-changing play of the game when he hit Travis Brown in the back of the end zone from 38 yards out on a perfectly thrown ball with 3 seconds left in the 2nd quarter...score gave UNM a lead it would never relinquish...opened the game 9-9 for 57 yards and a 6-yard TD on 3rd-and-goal...miscommunication resulted in a 2nd quarter INT that snapped a streak of 133 attempts (6 games) without a pick.
vs. New Mexico State...Put the offense on his back to lead the Lobos to a pivotal win in a shootout with the rival Aggies...completed 17-24 passes (71%) for 342 yards, 2 TDs (36 & 26 yards) and 0 INTs en route to MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors...completed 13 of his last 14 attempts and was 5-5 for 149 yards and a TD in the decisive 4th quarter...led the Lobos to scores on their final 6 possessions (3 TDs, 3 FGs).
2006 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Honorable Mention Freshman All-American (Sporting News) who gave the Lobos a real spark in the second half of the season after stepping into the starting lineup...missed the final 2 regular season games after being injured late in the 3rd quarter on Nov. 11 vs. TCU...went 3-2 as a starter...led the team to come-from-behind victories in his first three starts, including two on the road...engineered game-winning scoring drives in the final 5 minutes of the 4th quarter in back-to-back games (vs. Utah, at CSU)...12-17 passing for 153 yards, 2 TDs and an INT in the 4th quarter of those 2 games...completed 54% of his passes (61-112) for 831 yards with 5 TDs and 2 INTs in his 5 starts (played only 2 1/2 quarters vs. TCU and one half vs. San Jose State)...QB efficiency rating of 127.95 as a starter...350-yard game vs. Utah was the 2nd-highest in the MWC during the year...officially appeared in 8 games...got half the snaps at quarterback vs. Wyoming (7-17, 68 yards) and one series vs. UTEP (2-3, 34 yards) before taking over the starting job in week 7...lined up as a slot WR on his first collegiate play at New Mexico State and tossed a 34-yard TD to Marcus Smith on a reverse pass - his only snap of the evening.
vs. Utah...Named MWC Offensive Player of the Week after a breakout performance against one of the league's toughest defenses, leading UNM to the biggest comeback in school history...finished with a season-high 350 yards on 19-33 passing with 3 TDs and an INT that glanced off the hands of the intended receiver...yardage was the most by a Lobo in 3 years and the best by a UNM freshman since 1991...hit just 3 of his first 11 passes for 47 yards, as the Lobos' fell behind 24-3, before catching fire late in the 2nd quarter...finished 16-22 for 303 yards, including TDs of 40, 42 and 5 yards...led UNM to scores on 4 of its first 5 possessions of the 2nd half, all of which covered at least 55 yards...3-4 passing for 29 yards and scrambled 16 yards to convert a 3rd-and-9 play on the Lobos' game-winning TD drive late in the 4th quarter.
at UNLV...168 yards, a TD and an INT on 13-27 passing in his first career start...made several plays to help win the game and did not give the Rebels any easy chances with bad turnovers...led the Lobos to TDs on their first two drives of the game.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2005 graduate of Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial HS...decorated prep quarterback who was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 3 quarterback in Texas and 17th nationally...completed 81 of 149 passes for 1,149 yards, 10 TDs and just 3 interceptions as a senior...chosen the second-best quarterback at an `04 Nike camp at LSU...Super Gold first team in the Golden Triangle area around Houston...three-year letterman for head coach Dean Colbert...led the Titans to the district title last year before losing to Houston Lamar in four overtimes in the first round of the state playoffs...a two-year starter on the basketball team and a member of the Honor Roll...also received Academic All-America recognition.
PERSONAL: Born May 29, 1987, in Port Arthur...age is 22...full name is Donovan Wayne Porterie...son of Herman and Deborah...older brother, Alex, played receiver at Prairie View A&M and was a scout team player for New Mexico from 2005-06...an uncle, Mark Granger, was an offensive tackle at Oklahoma State in the early `90s...major is Communication & Journalism.