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Bobby, any comment on Larry Porter
Low hanging fruit. Could be another strategic hire with significant SEC experience.
Recruiter of the Year? Check
Put guys in the league? Check
Develop All-Conference caliber backs? Check
An actual running back in college? Check
Special teams? Check* (had as part of his title which also included Asst Coach and Recruiting Coordinator)
Recruiting? Can you say Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
A lot of upside for the team, imo.
Porter spent three years at Arkansas State, where he coached Jonathan Adams to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Adams rushed for 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in 2000 and followed that with another 1,004 yards and five scores in 2001. Under Porter's tutelage, Adams capped his career as the second-leading rusher in Arkansas State history.
In 2002, Porter was hired by Oklahoma State coach Les Miles as Running Backs coach. At OSU, Porter's stable of running backs continued the tradition of "Tailback U.", as he coached 1,000-yard rushers for three straight seasons. In 2004, Vernand Morency earned second-team All-Big 12 honors after rushing for 1,474 yards, which ranked eighth in the nation, and 12 touchdowns. Morency was a third round pick of the Houston Texans in 2005.
A year earlier, Tatum Bell earned first-team All-Big 12 honors with 1,286 yards and 16 touchdowns. Bell and Morency combined for 2,204 yards and 24 TDs for the Cowboys in 2003. Bell then went on to become a second round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2004 NFL Draft. In his first season at OSU, Porter guided Bell to a 1,096-yard, 11-TD season for 8-5 Oklahoma State.
In 2005, Porter joined coach Miles at LSU. He has coached LSU running backs while also holding two key roles on staff - assistant head coach and chief recruiter. Porter was elevated to the position of assistant head coach during the spring of 2006. He was twice (2007 and 2009) named as the National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com making him one of the top all-around assistant coaches in college football.
In three of the last four seasons (2006-09 included), the LSU rushing unit has averaged over 165 yards a game, including a high of 214 yards per game in 2007. That squad closed out the season ranked 11th nationally in rushing. From 2005-08, the Tigers totaled 108 rushing touchdowns, including 35 in 2007.
As LSU's running backs coach, Porter has helped developed some of the finest players at that position in LSU's history. From 2005-08, LSU produced a 1,000-yard rusher twice - Jacob Hester 1,103 yards in 2007 and Charles Scott 1,174 yards in 2008 - as well as having two players (Hester and Joseph Addai) selected in the NFL Draft.
In 2008, LSU again had one of the top running games in the SEC as the Tigers rushed for 166.8 yards per game with Scott getting the bulk of the carries (1,174 yards on 217 attempts). Scott, who earned first-team All-SEC in 2008, and Keiland Williams (417 yards, 2 TDs on 83 attempts) gave the Tigers one of the top 1-2 rushing punches in the league last year.
Porter and the Tigers had a running back-by-committee approach during the national championship season in 2007 with Hester leading all rushers with a career-best 1,103 yards and 11 TDs. Hester, who was a second-team All-SEC selection, had four 100-yard rushing games, including a 120-yard effort against Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game. Williams was second on the squad with 478 yards and six scores, while Trindon Holliday was third with 364 yards and two TDs.
As a unit, LSU rushed for 214.1 yards per game and 35 touchdowns. The 214.1 yards per game and 35 rushing touchdowns both ranked second in the SEC. Another impressive feat for the Tiger running backs was the fact that they combined for 432 carries in 2007 with just one lost fumble, which came against Tennessee in the SEC title game.
Following the 2007 season, Hester was picked in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Hester became the fourth running back coached by Porter that has been selected among the first three rounds of the NFL Draft since 2004.
In 2006, Porter juggled running backs as the Tigers started four different players, including two true freshmen, at tailback. In 13 games, the Tigers had five different running backs lead the team in rushing. Hester led the Tigers in rushing with 440 yards and six scores. Hester added another 269 yards and three touchdowns on 35 receptions, which ranked as the third-highest total for a running back in school history.
A pair of true freshmen in Scott and Williams also burst onto the scene during the 2006 season, giving the Tigers a glimpse of the future as they combined for 713 yards and 10 TDs. Williams capped his first season with the Tigers in a big way, rushing for 107 yards and a pair of scores in LSU's 41-14 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.
As a unit, the Tigers ranked second in the SEC in rushing in 2006 with 165.8 yards per game. The Tigers also had 25 rushing TDs, a figure that ranked No. 2 in the league.
In his first year with the team in 2005, Porter made an immediate impact on LSU's running game as the Tigers, despite losing perhaps the top runner in the SEC in Alley Broussard to a knee injury in mid-August, still managed to rush for 1,951 yards and 21 touchdowns. LSU's rushing offense ranked fourth in the SEC, while the 21 rushing TDs was the second-highest total in the league.
Addai had his best year in a Tiger uniform, rushing for 911 yards and nine touchdowns; while Justin Vincent added 488 yards and five scores. Addai had five 100-yard rushing games, capped by a 130-yard, one-TD performance in LSU's 40-3 win over Miami in the Peach Bowl. He went on to become a first round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2006 NFL Draft, becoming the first LSU running back taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since Harvey Williams was the 21st overall pick by the Chiefs in 1991. Addai was a finalist for NFL Rookie of the Year in 2006 and played a key role in the Colts' Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears.
We first mentioned Porter several days ago here.
I think he's a possibility but I don't know that he's the guy. He's had some close calls with the NCAA and I just don't know if Mack is willing to go there ultimately.
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Porter was Les Miles go-to guy in Houston. Names like Terrence Tolliver, Russell Shepard, Craig Losten, RJ Jackson, Jarvis Jones, Trent Richardson, T.Reed, M.Brocker, B.LaFell are all associated with Porter. Read into that what you will will.
The best thing about Porter is that he's both a closer in recruiting, but also has a great eye for talent. He was on lesser heralded guys who turned out to be studs, even if not at LSU (ie - Russell Okung).
You're probably right in that Mack may want to walk a country mile but if Major's "uncomfortable" tell is worth anything, I don't think the specter of close calls should scare away making a strategic hire assuming the fit is right. The only negative in my mind would be how to fit him with Wyatt as recruiting coordinator. Sometimes that leadership baggage may conflict to the detriment of the process. But in terms of sending a message to SE Texas that UT is serious about going out and getting a guy that puts players in the league, Mack could do a lot worse. My 2 cents.
Larry Porter loved him some Will Lyles:
Memphis coach Larry Porter knows Lyles from his time as assistant head coach at LSU. After Memphis hired Porter away from LSU in November 2009, Seastrunk started considering Memphis as a college choice.
In an interview in July, Porter described Lyles as “a genuine guy with me so I have nothing negative to say about him.”
But Porter said he was unsure whether Lyles is a positive influence in college football.
“I don’t know the conversations he’s having with these kids when we’re not around,” Porter said. “We’re not around him much. Who knows where the influences are coming at the end of the day?”
“I think the kids listen to him. I do. Some kids he’s probably closer to than others. Some kids know that he goes around to a lot of different universities so some of them like to jump in the car with him. What goes on and what’s being said, again, I have no clue.”
Wyatt is not co-recruiting coordinator anymore after his promotion. Besides Wyatt and Porter have worked together before
Doesn't look like Wyatt and Porter have ever worked together before:
1997-2000 Kansas Assoc. HC/Off. Coord./WR
2001 Oklahoma State WR/Passing Game Coordinator
2002-2005Oklahoma Wide Receivers & Oklahoma WR/Passing Game Coord.
2006 Minnesota Vikings Wide Receivers
2007 Arizona WR/Passing Game Coord.
2008-2009 Southern Miss Assoc. HC/Off. Coord./WR
2010 Kansas Co-Off. Cord./Wide Receivers
2011-Present UT WR and Co OC
1998 Tennessee–Martin (RB)
1999–2001 Arkansas State (RB)
2002–2004 Oklahoma State (RB)
2005–2009 LSU (RB)
2010–2011 Memphis (HC)
2012-present Arizona State (RB)
Good stuff. I didn't realize that. Chambers?
Fwiw from an LSU fan, he is truly a great recruiter. One of the best LSU has had and he will kill in TX.
That said, his coaching, personnel decisions, and player relations were really bad. LSU RBs hated him and not in the way players "hate" some coaches like saban.
he will kill it recruiting TX for y'all. But the irony given some of the mud slinging is hilarious
This post was edited by BlueToothJimmy 18 months ago
GET AT ME
Thanks for correction
Interesting comments. I'm sure Brown had a serious discussion with Stacey Searels about his experience working with Porter. I doubt Porter would have got to first base without some sort of endorsement.
Further, we're moving to an uncomfortable environment so maybe he'll fit right in.
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