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September 26, 2006 at 1:42 PM

Wither the run?

As is the case every Tuesday, today is the day that offensive players and coaches are available for interviews. And the focus of the questions to many of them this particular Tuesday was Washington’s vanishing running game.
I dealt with some of the issues in a story that ran in today’s Seattle Times.
Most coaches and players didn’t skirt the problems today. A typical comment came from running back Kenny James who said “it’s very concerning. It’s very frustrating. We can’t leave our offense one-sided.”
UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano seemed to indicate that the problems lay more with the blocking than the running backs.
“It’s not so much that we don’t have a runner,” he said. “We have to give them an opportunity to get started.”
James has just 28 yards on 16 carries in the last two games while Louis Rankin has just 20 yards on 12 carries. Rankin had 255 yards on 27 carries in the first two games while James had 122 on 24.
“We can do the same things every game,” James said. “We’ve just got to all get on the same page.”
James said he thinks the whole unit is to blame saying “sometimes it’s running the ball harder, sometimes it’s linemen missing blocks, sometimes it’s receivers missing blocks.”
Lappano said the obvious — that it won’t be real easy to get the running game going this week against an Arizona team that just held USC to 20 points.
“That front four is the strength of their defense,” he said. “It’ll be a real challenge for us to stay on our blocks.”

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