Saturday, August 13, 2005
Crissinger-Hill led the Owls in receiving last year, which made Porter-Isom think he could be the primary receiver on more plays if he left his receiver position.
"Time will tell if it fits me, but I think it will because tight end gets more passes thrown his way," said Porter-Isom, a 6-foot-3, 193-pound fifth-year senior. "The downside is the blocking. I'll be going up against some pretty big guys, and blocking is something I am working on."
Porter-Isom is second on the depth chart at tight end, but with the limited stamina and durability of starter Dantson Dareus, Porter-Isom knows he will get a lot of playing time this season.
"At tight end, you have to go full speed every play, and every play is a battle," said Porter-Isom, who didn't have a catch last year. "I'll be ready, and I'm in great shape."
Receivers coach John Vandevere said he plans to use Porter-Isom often.
Noteworthy: The Owls practiced in full pads for
the first time; they will begin the first of their three-a-day sessions today.
... Linebacker Shomari Earls, a