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Before racking up more than nearly 7,000 yards the second most in Redskins history, before earning two Pro Bowl berths and before scoring on his first regular season touch with the franchise, Clinton Portis made a name for himself at the University of Miami.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced the 2015 Class of Football Legends and Portis is one of 14 members of this year's group.
Yes, college football stats can sometimes be inflated, especially when a clear-cut NFL talent is playing against guys that have no shot at the next level, but Portis did some special things while at Miami.
"Portis became just the true second freshman to start at running back for the Hurricanes in 1999. Portis set a school freshman record with five 100-yard performances, and led the team with 838 yards and eight touchdowns on 143 carries (5.9 yards per carry) in 10 games. Portis' 1,200 yards rushing during the 2001 national championship season was then the third-highest single-season rushing yardage total in Miami history. He still ranks fifth on the Hurricanes' all-time career rushing list with 2,523 yards," his bio reads.
Also, just a quick note. Portis never actually called the ACC his home conference, as he was a member of Miami when it was still a part of the Big East. Still, with the school switching conferences in 2004, Portis was eligible for selection.
He will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends presented by the Belk Bowl on Friday, Dec. 4, and during the on-field pregame festivities at the 11th annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship.