Texas Football: How former Longhorn transfers are faring elsewhere

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I’ll start here with the former Texas football running back who did get a good amount of game action on campus the past three years. Redshirt junior running back Kyle Porter landed with the Houston Cougars after transferring out of the Texas football program.

Porter sat out after playing in less than four games last season with the Longhorns. He was a quality contributor in blocking and on the ground under Charlie Strong and the first year of Tom Herman in 2016 and 2017. But his role started to dwindle after the former Cal Golden Bears grad transfer running back Tre Watson made his way to Austin last year and Keaontay Ingram emerged.

Through just four games with the Cougars (Herman’s former coaching destination), Porter already set a career-best in rushing yards in a single season with 273. He also has 41 receiving yards to add to that and three total touchdowns.

While averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry this season, Porter found himself in a solidified leadership role for this Houston offense. They’ll definitely need it the rest of the way in conference play in the American Athletic Conference as the news that star senior quarterback D’Eriq King will preserve his redshirt and sit out the rest of the season is a monumental detriment.