College football rumors: Have the Texas Longhorns found a new running backs coach?

By Marian Hinton
Nelson Chenault: USA Today Sports

The Texas Longhorns offensive coaching staff has undergone some big changes over the last month. It all began when then co-offensive coordinator, play-caller, and quarterbacks coach Bryan Harsin accepted the head coaching position at Arkansas State University. Fellow co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite was then named the head play-caller and took over as the quarterbacks coach, vacating his position as coach of the running backs. Now, a name has emerged as a potential candidate to fill the vacated position.

Earlier today, Arizona State Sun Devils running backs coach Larry Porter is said to have interviewed for the open job with the Longhorns.

Porter has previously been the running backs coach with a handful of teams, including the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the LSU Tigers. He took over as the head coach for his alma mater, the Memphis Tigers, in 2010 before being replaced just two seasons later. This season was his first with the Sun Devils, who ranked 24th in the nation in rushing, averaging over 205 yards per game on the ground.

Porter has established a reputation as a very strong recruiter, which would add to an already stellar group of recruiters at Texas in Major Applewhite and co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt. In fact, Porter was twice named the National Recruiter of the Year two during his time at LSU.

While I am sure the Longhorns plan to talk to some other coaches to fill the position, no other names have been thrown out as of yet. Whoever they decide to bring in, they will be gifted a tremendous stable of running backs in freshman standouts Johnathan Gray and Daje Johnson as well as sophomores Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown. It’s the position believed to be the strongest on the team, and therefore, it is imperative that the Longhorns hire the man who will get the most out of these outstanding playmakers.


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