Washington State football player Grant Porter started this spring at wide receiver, but he'll line up on the other side of the field for the spring game. Porter played on defense for the first time Thursday and made an early impact as a cornerback.
According to Jacob Thorpe, of the Spokesman-Review, Porter recovered a fumble and broke up a pass in his first practice as a defensive back. Porter hadn't been seeing the field much on offense, and Mike Leach didn't seem to be happy with the redshirt freshman's effort.
"He’s a guy that needs to play hard all the time and right now, he doesn’t consistently, but hopefully a fresh start over there on defense will help him do that," Leach told Thorpe.
That comment clearly isn't a vote of confidence and a positional change doesn't usually precede a breakout, but maybe this is the move that Porter needed.
After a momentary switch to wide receiver last season Keith Harrington is back to practicing with the running backs this spring. Harrington had over 500 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns in 2015, but rarely saw the field last season.
While all three running backs above him on the depth chart are still with the program, Gerard Wicks hasn't practiced all spring. Thorpe reported that Wicks has been out with an undisclosed injury. Hopefully he'll be back by fall camp, but if he's not it could open the door for Harrington to get more touches in 2017.
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