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Friday, July 12, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Garrett Porter

By Carter Strickland

During the summer, HornsNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Texas roster -- excluding the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class -- in our Burnt Orange Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.

No. 73 Garrett Porter
Senior offensive lineman


Expectations for 2013: Porter will continue to be a mainstay along the line in special teams. He played all 13 games in 2012 on the special teams unit. His chances for seeing any time along the line in any other scenario is extremely doubtful because Texas is loaded at the positions he can play.

Best-case scenario for 2013: If Texas is able to put big point on the board against a few opponents Porter might get some late-game snaps. But even then Texas will want to work some of its younger players into the action so Porter might be relegated to watching.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: There really isn’t one for Porter. He is going to be a reliable special teams player and contribute when and where he can during practice and possibly late in some games. He is not in the mix for significant playing time therefore is not in jeopardy of losing significant playing time.

Future expectations for Porter: This is Porter’s final season at Texas. He has been hugely successful off the field and is a three-time All-Big 12 all-academic selection. It’s highly unlikely that his future includes playing the sport beyond his current level.