Texas hires Larry Porter as RBs coach

AUSTIN, Texas -- Once again Mack Brown decided to pluck an assistant with an SEC background to join his staff.

Larry Porter, who spent last season as a running backs coach at Arizona State, has been tabbed to fill the same spot at Texas, the school announced on Wednesday.

Porter spent five years in that same position at LSU and was credited with being one of the conference’s and nation’s top recruiters while with the Tigers. Between his two assistant coach jobs, Porter spent two years in charge of the Memphis program. He only won three games in those two years before being fired.

As an assistant, Porter has had nothing but success. The Jackson, Miss., native had five players in his five seasons at LSU selected in the NFL draft -- Jacob Hester, Joseph Addai, Quinn Johnson, Charles Scott and Trindon Holliday.

In his one season at Arizona State, Porter was in charge of the nation’s 24th-best rushing attack with 204.5 yards per game. Texas averaged 171 yards per game.

Porter is also known as an effective and tenacious recruiter. At LSU from 2005-09 he was responsible for bringing in many of the players that turned the program into a yearly national title contender.

His handling of the running backs during the 2007 national championship season might have been one of the things that turned Brown’s head as well. That year, Porter used Hester and Holiday -- both future NFL draft picks -- as well as Keiland Williams to average 214.4 yards per game.

Texas has three returning backs in Johnathan Gray, Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown. Gray led Texas in rushing as a freshman. Brown, who was injured much of the 2012 season, led Texas in rushing in 2011, his freshman season. Bergeron led the team with 16 touchdowns in 2012.

Porter has also spent time on staffs with current Texas assistants Bo Davis and Stacy Searels, so that could help in making a smooth transition at Texas.