Colin Porter is forced to hang up his cleats after shoulder surgery earlier this year. He has struggled with shoulder issues the majority of his life but finally they force him into retirement.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times was the first to report that Colin Porter’s career was over. The starting lineman had not seen any action in the spring and wasn’t even able to watch practices due to injury. Many fans were beginning to wonder if this surgery was more serious than originally anticipated and it turned out to be.
This leaves the Huskies without two starters from their offensive line of last year. Senio Kelemete who graduated and is in the NFL draft and now Porter. Colin Tanigawa also has not seen spring practices due to injury and there is no released timetable for him to come back.
This leaves the offensive line with a big opening for underclassmen and depth players to step up and start for this Huskies squad. James Atoe and Dexter Charles may be the first ones to make this leap. Both are taking advantage of the opportunity in front of them at spring training camp.
Porter’s career will be defined not just by protecting Jake Locker and Keith Price but by his reputation as being a upstanding student and human being. The Huskies will not only need to find a new starting lineman but a good locker room personality.