The big news of Monday was the confirmation that Colin Porter’s career at UW is over. Here’s my story for the paper on Porter and what his loss to the team means.
Porter had legitimate NFL potential, some calling him a player who could become one of the best UW offensive linemen in a decade or so when he moved into the starting lineup halfway through his true freshman season.
So his loss is significant. And to everyone who has pointed it out to me since the news broke, no doubt it’d be nice right now if they had Josh Garnett and Zach Banner coming in, especially the former, who projects as a guard. We’ll be able to judge in a few years to what degree it really did hurt UW not getting those guys.
For now, UW will have to move on with an offensive line that will look a bit different than what it anticipated a few months ago, as is detailed in the story. And no doubt that’s a real concern heading into the 2012 season, since if Porter and Colin Tanigawa had been healthy, the Huskies had the makings of a really strong guard duo. And then there’s Erik Kohler’s nagging injuries also slowing him this spring, as well. Tanigawa will be back at some point, but there’s no guarantee he’s 100 percent ready when the season begins. Kohler should be good to go, but obviously has some nagging health issues to get past to reach the potential that seemed evident out of high school. The upshot is that a line that could have been perceived as a potential strength heading into 2012 is now suddenly a big question.
While it’s easy to remember the ones that got away from UW’s Class of 2012, the Huskies did sign five OLs, so there are reinforcements coming — I broke down the entire line in this blog entry from a few weeks ago (some positions have since changed a little). Some may suddenly have to play more quickly than was hoped (of the frosh listed there, Shane Brostek and Jake Eldrenkamp are probably the two most likely, especially since each projects as a guard).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Mason Kelley has a nice profile of Budda Baker of Bellevue, who may be the top in-state recruit for the Class of 2014.
— May be tough to watch Marques Tuiasosopo wearing UCLA blue, but here’s some video of the former UW QB talking about spring ball with the Bruins.
— Portland State, UW’s third foe of 2012, began spring ball on Monday. Here’s a report.
— Yahoo Sports details that UW isn’t alone in scheduling more FCS schools, something becoming common, like it or not for ticket buyers.
— ESPN.com says USC’s players are hungry, but not for the hype.
— PacificTakes takes a look at Su’a Cravens, maybe the top recruit on the West Coast this year, though he doesn’t have UW on his radar.
— Lots of WSU news and Pac-12 links from Christian Caple.
— Oregon State coach Mike Riley may take a greater hand in offensive playcalling for the Beavers this year.
— Arizona has signed another QB who could factor in this season.