Les Miles became this year’s poster boy for oversigning players when he summoned 2010 signee Elliot Porter into his office recently and informed the defensive tackle that, because of a numbers crunch, he was going to be grayshirted, a move that would basically shelve him until next season as he would not be on scholarship.
Instead of waiting, Porter has decided to move on. Within the same conference.
In a press release, Kentucky announced that Porter has joined the Wildcats football team and began practicing Monday afternoon.
“I’m excited about getting a player of this quality at this time of year, especially a defensive lineman in August,” Coach Joker Phillips said. “Elliott is a big, strong physical guy who plays hard and takes control of his position. He’s a great kid, really smart and has great character. I’m excited to have him join our football family.”
“Kentucky has a really good coaching staff,” said Porter, when asked of his decision. “I loved the school and the players (when I visited). There’s a family atmosphere here.”
In addition to Kentucky, Porter had also visited Oregon and Texas A&M in the last couple of weeks.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.