Katy, Texas, running back Kyle Porter, center, at his jersey presentation Tuesday with, left, Staff Sergeant Edward Oliva and right, Second Lieutenant Adrienne Myers. (Photo: U.S. Army All-American Bowl).
Senior running back Kyle Porter has run for 27 touchdowns and 1,415 yards for Katy, Texas, despite missing four games with a high-ankle sprain. The way the 13-0 Tigers have played defense, with nine shutouts this season, what Porter is doing is plenty.
Last week, No. 7 Katy defeated Friendswood 66-0 in a in 6A-II region semifinal as Porter ran for three touchdowns.
“We do have a pretty good defense over here with good defensive coaches,” Porter said. “It makes it easy on the offense, definitely.”
On Tuesday, Porter got his jersey as part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“There’s some great tradition behind this game and it’s an honor to be picked for such an event out of all my peers in the United States,” Porter said.
While he sat out, he rehabbed his ankle and worked with his backup, freshman Deondrick Glass, who ran for 341 yards and seven touchdowns in the Tigers’ first two playoff games..
“He’s played really well and right now, he’s been the perfect backup for me,” Porter said. “I just kept telling him to continue to critique himself hard to get to where he wanted to be as an athlete.”
Katy has made it to the state championship 13 times since 1994, winning six state titles, most recently in 2012.
“We definitely have a lot of tradition behind us, going deep in the playoffs, but we never expect it, because that’s when you lose,” Porter said. “We come in each week expecting the other team to give us their all and give us a fight and we prepare as hard as we can for them.”
Listed as the No. 3 all-purpose running back according to Rivals.com, Porter said he’s not thinking about next year yet. The Tigers play Manvel (Houston) on Friday in a 6A-II region final.
“The only thing I concentrate on is my football team,” Porter said. “The people who recruit me understand that completely, because at the end of the day, the only thing that I care about doing is playing football. We’re still playing and then after the season, I’ll look at recruiting more in-depth.”