After the graduation of Alex McGough in 2017, Butch Davis turned to the transfer portal in order to find his next starting quarterback.
That search yielded excellent results in the form of James Morgan. Now, Davis has again turned to the portal for depth in the Panthers’ quarterback room.
Former Maryland starting signal-caller Max Bortenschlager has enrolled at FIU as a grad transfer. He’ll be immediately eligible and is expected to compete for the starting job with Stone Norton, Kaylan Wiggins and Caleb Lynum.
Bortenschlager and the Panthers came in contact shortly before the COVID-19 shutdown.
Former Maryland starting QB Max Bortenschlager has transferred to FIU as a grad student.— Eric Henry (@EricCHenry_) June 23, 2020
He started nine games over three seasons, throwing for 1,522 yards and 11 TDs.
He'll have two years of eligibility left. #PawsUp #CUSA
The former three-star recruit signed with the Terrapins as part of the 2016 recruiting class, choosing Maryland over offers from Ball State and Buffalo.
After appearing in two games as a true freshman, he started nine contests in 2017 after injuries to Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome forced him into action.
The injury-plagued Terps went 2-7 in his nine starts, but Bortenschlager performed admirably with 10 touchdown passes to five interceptions. After not throwing a pass the previous two seasons, the Indianapolis native will provide depth and experience for FIU.
In addition to being a veteran presence, Bortenschlager was a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection (2017-2019).
The 6-3, 205-pounder has two years of eligibility remaining and is already with the team for workouts.