Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 33 – C Elliott Porter
The first LSU starter along the offensive line crashes the party on TSD's top 50 LSU players for 2013. Elliott Porter, a redshirt junior, enters this fall as the Tigers' starter at center after serving as P.J. Lonergan's backup during the 2012 season. Porter played in nine games last year, more times than not on special teams but also filling in for Lonergan during a very brief injury stretch during the middle of the season.
Spring football didn't get off to a great start for Porter several months ago as the player missed the first week of practices, but he returned shortly after and manned the center position for the remainder of workouts and scrimmages. Still, in his absence (and possibly because he's an unproven player), LSU did make the decision to move early enrollee Ethan Pocic (No. 39 on our list) inside to center from tackle to quickly prepare an understudy. There's a good bit of upside with Porter, but it is also fair to say this is the most uncertain of the offensive line positions for the Tigers as Fall Camp approaches.
By The Numbers
Porter's highest ranking: 27th
Porter's lowest ranking: 36th
Why this ranking is too high
For starters Porter hasn't proven much of anything on the college level. Then there could also be some concerns with durability and readiness. LSU was spoiled in many ways the past three seasons to have Lonergan, a player who practically never missed time. The fact that Porter did already this spring, with no real signs or indications of an injury, raises questions about his ability to stay in the game. Finally, given that there are five offensive linemen remaining on our countdown, there's at least one non-starter TSD values higher anyway.
Why this ranking is too low
Everything has gone according to the staff's plan with Porter, so obviously they have to know something about what the young man can do and feel good about it. Every since he came back from Kentucky, following the greyshirt situation, the coaches have groomed him to be the next center once Lonergan left. Porter didn't fall into this role on accident. Now his time has come and, since he does have some minimal experience in the SEC, there's reason to be optimistic he could excel as a first-year starter.
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