Auburn Fans, Here’s What You Need To Know About Larry Porter
Over the weekend Ryan Bartow of 247Sports reported that Auburn will hire former North Carolina Tar Heels assistant, Larry Porter, as their new tight ends/h-back coach. Porter will be taking over for Scott Fountain. Fountain will not have a on-field rule with the coaching staff this upcoming season.
Porter has had great success with running backs in his career, and he is looked at as one of the best recruiters in the country. It is a hire that the Auburn Family should get behind, and is without a doubt an awesome hire for Gus Malzahn.
Larry Porter does have great credentials, but does have some negatives. When head coach at Memphis (2010-11), he only went 3-21 overall and 1-15 in Conference USA play. However, as a player he did have a standout career at Memphis. In four seasons he rushed for 2,194 yards and 20 touchdowns. His best game was against Arkansas State as a freshmen in 1990. That was the single-game record for a freshman in any game.
As a running back coach he has coached multiple 1,000 yard backs at multiple schools. He has made stops at Tennessee-Martin (1998), Arkansas State (1999-2001), Oklahoma State (2002-2004), LSU (2004-2009), Arizona State (2012), Texas (2013), and North Carolina (2014-16). He coached for Les Miles at both Oklahoma State and LSU.
Some of the notable backs that he has coached may be familiar names for SEC fans. Joseph Addai (Super Bowl Champion with the Indianapolis Colts), Jacob Hester, and Stevan Ridley. At Oklahoma State they had three straight seasons of 1,000 yard rushers. This, including Vernand Morency (1,474 yards and 12 toucdowns) in his final season at Oklahoma State in 2004.
In 2015, North Carolina had the 2nd ranked rushing offense in the ACC with 224.4 yards per game. That was the same season they played Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, losing 45-37 to the eventual national runner-up.
So Auburn Family, how do you feel about this hire? Comment below, and let us know!
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Stats were from ESPN.com and CFBStats.com
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