Multiple media outlets are reporting that Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Rob Porcher is entering the transfer portal.
Both media sources – Andy Bitter of The Athletic and Mike Niziolek of The Roanoke Times – indicate that Porcher plans to transfer to a lower level FBS school, or perhaps even an FCS school, in a search for more regular playing time.
Porcher had been the fifth-man in a five-man rotation at defensive tackle this year, recording three tackles and a sack. However, he remained behind true freshmen Norell Pollard and Mario Kendricks on the depth chart, and with starters Jarrod Hewitt and DaShawn Crawford only juniors, he didn’t see a path to more playing time in the near future.
His departure could leave Virginia Tech short-handed at defensive tackle for the UNC game. Sources say that Crawford is unlikely to play against the Tar Heels due to injury, leaving the Hokies with just three defensive tackles with game experience – junior Hewitt, and freshmen Pollard and Kendricks. It’s possible that JUCo transfer Jaden Cunningham could see his first action of the season. He was injured in August and was unable to compete for playing time at that point. True freshman Josh Fuga is another option.