I had a chance yesterday to speak with UW running backs coach Joel Thomas and get a few thoughts on the four new players at that position — tailback Bishop Sankey and fullbacks Dezden Petty, Travon Brooks and Nick Holt.
On Sankey: “Bishop, I see a guy that really has some explosion to him. He is strong and has some very natural, I call them uncoachable, traits — a jump cut and you are going full speed and you hit that cut and you are accelerating back up field. You can say that’s coaching all you want, but the man upstairs gives a guy that. His willingness to learn is outstanding. I really, really enjoy what he has brought to the table. I think he’s going to help our football program. I don’t know what date it is but he’s going to help us get better.”
On Petty: “He is maybe replacing what Zach (Fogerson) brought to the table, a bigger more physical back. Obviously with Dezden we’ve got to coach him up as far as pad leverage and understanding the speed of the game and the hitting that goes on at this level.”
On Brooks: “Travon has been a nice addition. He’s a big physical kid, needs to learn a lot of ball.”
On Holt: “Obviously he’s coming along, too and done a nice job. Had a nice pancake at the end of practice. He brings an IQ to the group that maybe most freshmen don’t have, having a coach in the family.”
On the group: “I think our young guys are coming along nicely. It’s nice to have some young guys and our older guys enjoy them. I really enjoy the (meeting) room that we have. Chris is taking a leadership role in coaching guys up when I’m out coaching other guys. I enjoy working with these guys every single day.”