The Bruins suffered a tough blow in fall camp, when starting inside linebacker Patrick Larimore was forced to medically retire due to suffering multiple concussions. Couple that with also losing reserve linebacker Isaiah Bowens for the year due to a torn ACL, and depth at the position is woefully thin.
As a result, it's time for freshman Aaron Porter to step up.
The product from La Habra, Calif. has got impressive tools for the position. In terms of size, he's already 6'1", 230 pounds. In high school, he had the penchant of mimicking a heat-seeking missile with his stellar closing speed. Neither aggressiveness nor his effort on the field will be an issue with Porter.
Linebackers coach and former NFL player Jeff Ulbrich has been raving about Porter, and thinks that he's got a bright future as a Bruin.
The staff was forced to move outside linebacker Damien Holmes inside to start alongside Eric Kendricks. But after those two, there aren't a ton of options.
Porter should play a prominent role as a reserve. By not "throwing him to the wolves" at a position with tons of responsibility, Porter will be able to acclimate to the college level while also gaining experience for next year, when he should take over for the graduating Holmes.
Here is Porter speaking about the beginning of fall camp.