University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff junior running back Taeyler Porter earned Southwestern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after this past weekend's performance at Grambling State University.
Against Grambling, Porter rushed for a career-high 226 yards while recording three touchdowns on 38 carries. Those three touchdowns included a 75-yarder, and for the game, he averaged 5.9 yards per carry.
Porter now sits atop the SWAC as the rushing yards leader with 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns through eight games.
"We thank him," UAPB Head Coach Cedric Thomas said. "Taeyler hadn't seen the place when he committed. He wasn't caught up in buildings, he wasn't caught up in wins and losses, and he wasn't worried that we had Ke'Shawn Williams coming back as the starter. He was caught up in the mentorship and the brotherhood we talked about with his mom and dad from a culture standpoint. Since he's stepped on campus it's been that."
After running the 75-yard touchdown against Grambling this past weekend, Thomas couldn't help but notice Porter's celebration of lifting up his quarterback Skyler Perry, and how indicative it is of the type of person and player he is.
"A prime example is when he went 70 yards for a touchdown," Thomas said. "I have coaches that have been coaching 20 years, and this is the first time ever we've seen this. The guys run to him and normally the lineman picks up the running back, but he picks the quarterback up. Skyler ran to him and he picked Skyler up after running a 70-yard touchdown. Those are the kids that we have to continue to have in this program and to get in here and help turn things around. I know I've said Skyler is the future, but Taeyler is the face of the program."
Porter is a native of Immokolee, Florida, and he came to UAPB from ASA Miami Junior College as part of Thomas' first recruiting class.