Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Huskies lose offensive guard Porter for his career ; O-line is in shambles
This wasn't supposed to happen this not way. At least not now but the Washington Huskies found out that two year starter offensive guard Colin Porter is going to be forced to retire. This is a huge blow to the Huskies program as Porter has started 19 games already and had emerged as the Huskies top guard the last two seasons. With left tackle Senio Kelemete graduating, Erik Kohler recovering from injuries now working with the second team and Colin Tanigawa still recovering from an ACL injury as his season appears in jeopardy the news of Porter is especially devastating. For Porter he had a bright future as many expected him to play in the NFL someday so this is just a tragic blow to him. For the Huskies their offensive line was set to return four starters but as of right now only one starter remains in center Drew Schaefer. For Steve Sarkisian entering his fourth season his offensive line is such a mess he might not even be able to hold a spring game.
When bad stories break there is always something positive to take from it. In this case there is no positive as Porter who had a bright future and was hoping that future would lead him to the NFL was tragically taken away from him. He was a warrior and a good Husky to come in fighting through injuries for two years and step in right away from high school to start is incredible. Hopefully that 2010 class of Micah Hatchie, Ben Rivera and James Atoe can fill the void. Had Sarkisian landed the two main guys in his backyard this past recruiting season this wouldn't be such a devastating blow. For Porter this is a horrible day while for Husky football this is a huge blow. Still in year four for Sarkisian there will be no such thing as excuses. Hopefully this next recruiting season Sarkisian will finally realize how important the offensive line position is and start recruiting it hard like he did back in 2010.