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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 2, 2007 at 9:21 PM

Miles on running backs

Talked to UW running backs coach Trent Miles a little today about the plans for the bye week.
In what many of you will surely take for good news, Miles said the bye week will be used in part to determine a backup running back and get one of them ready to
spell Louis Rankin from time to time. Some of this is the focus of my story for tomorrow so I’ll save a little of it for that.
But Miles said the three backups to Rankin — J.R. Hasty, Brandon Johnson and Curtis Shaw — will get more reps in practice this week, taking them equally, and then will also take part in some daily scrimmging at the end of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practices.
Miles said the Huskies have to start giving Rankin some rest so they need to figure out who is readiest to play.
“It’s up for grabs and let’s see who is going to do what,” Miles said.
UW coaches have said for several weeks they wanted to work in some of the younger players but it hasn’t really happened. Miles said blocking has been one of the biggest reasons preventing that from happening.
“It’s just the situations in the game more than anything,” Miles said of why the younger guys haven’t gotten more of a chance. “You hate to throw a young man into the fire if you are throwing the ball around and people are blizting you.”
Miles said he would like to enter the Arizona State game with a set backup and give that player some time.
“But that doesn’t mean if they aren’t the one they won’t get a chance,” Miles said. “We just need to get moving and get on with somebody.”
Shaw and Johnson have each had trouble with fumbles this year but Miles said that wasn’t necessarily something keeping them off the field.
“It’s not that they can’t hold onto the ball,” Miles said. “It’s that they allow it to get away from their body. If it gets away from their body it’s going to come out because everyone teaches the strip. They all spend a lot of time teaching guys to strip the ball out.”

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