This week in Cougar Football the team has exactly zero games. But the wheel in the sky keeps on turning. Therefore, it is time to familiarize ourselves with another member of the squad, this time it is Pat Porter.
Pat was a member of the 2014 recruiting class coming all the way from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. No that does not mean he transferred from from the Crimson Tide though he did attend Paul W Bryant High School, not a coincidence.
An impressive offer sheet was on the table, though he obviously selected WSU. Porter had the option to play for Cincinnati, Kansas State, Kentucky, Miami, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and North Carolina among others. According to Cougfan.com WSU ended in the top three along with with Miami and Minnesota.
Several players made their debuts last season, and Pat Porter was included. He contributed to the secondary as a true freshman and tallied nine tackles as well as two pass breakups.
Porter has seen limited action this season, though outside of the locker room it is difficult to tell exactly why. With the addition of JC transfers Shalom Luani and Treshon Broughton, along with the immediate impact of Darrien Molton, he may have simply been beaten out of playing time. It is also possible an injury may have pushed him away from the depth chart. I appeared in the two-deeps from the first two weeks and now has moved off.
When WSU recruited Pat Porter to play corner nearly two years ago, the entire secondary was decimated. A hungry young player had the opportunity to make an immediate impact, and that may be what he liked about coming to Pullman.
Fast forward a year and he is in the mix with several athletes that contribute to very much improved defensive backfield. Let’s hope he can continue to strengthen the Cougar D.