Ex-receiver stars at TE for FAU

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Saturday, August 13, 2005

BOCA RATON When Darrion Porter-Isom was approached about a possible move from receiver to tight end during the off-season, he was apprehensive until he thought about his old teammate and last year's tight end, Anthony Crissinger-Hill.

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 Palm Beach Gardens graduate, dressed out but did not participate for the third straight day with a sore hamstring. ... The only other significant injury to a projected starter was to offensive guard Brandon Jackson, who will be out two to four weeks with a strained MCL. ... The kickoff time for FAU's game at Minnesota on Sept. 17 has been set for 8:30 p.m.

A marcus_nelson@pbpost.com