Just days after the Texas Longhorns saw freshman quarterback Cameron Rising depart to Utah by way of the NCAA Transfer Portal, and junior quarterback Shane Buechele enter the Transfer Portal, himself, the Texas Longhorns running back room is seemingly set to suffer similar attrition.
According to a report from Inside Texas, redshirt junior running back Kyle Porter and senior running back Tristian Houston have each entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, as well.
A former starter and key contributor throughout the early portion of the 2017 season, Porter saw only one carry for two yards in 2018 as Texas largely relied upon graduate transfer Tre Watson, true freshman Keaontay Ingram, and quarterback Sam Ehlinger to assume ball-carrying duties. As a result, Porter saw action in only four games last season, which allows him to retain his redshirt status and thus, a season of eligibility.
Prior to essentially being unseated in the rotation down the stretch in 2017, as well, Porter totaled 83 carries for 261 yards and four touchdowns.
Houston, on the other hand, hasn’t appeared in a game in each of the previous two seasons. His only two career appearances came in 2016.
With Porter and Houston now eyeing other options, the Longhorns running back depth is seemingly set to suffer yet another hit, as the Longhorns recently lost sophomore and key 2017 contributor Toneil Carter to a transfer, as well. Carter has since enrolled at Sam Houston State.
Based on the current outlook, the Longhorns are likely to enter the spring with just four scholarship running backs on the roster:
- SO Keaontay Ingram
- JR Daniel Young
- RS SR Kirk Johnson
- FR Derrian Brown
This story will be updated.