ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blog continues another of its features today previewing the 2012 season with this look at which schools have the best chance of having a 1,000-yard rusher.
As Kevin Gemmell writes, the Huskies right now project to have more of a committee approach in 2012 than they did the last three seasons, when Chris Polk got the majority of the carries, rushing for 1,000 yards or more each year — joining Napoleon Kaufman as the only UW running backs to accomplish that feat.
Obviously, things can change and one of Jesse Callier or Bishop Sankey could emerge as THE guy. But all indications leaving the spring seemed to be that the responsibilities could be much more evenly shared than they were under Polk. Sankey had a solid spring, leaving some to conclude that he might be the one to take over that job. But coaches were quick to note Callier’s nagging ankle issue that limited him at times and praised his play when healthy.
There’s also the wildcard that is Deontae Cooper if he can get healthy, as well as incoming freshman Erich Wilson, redshirt frosh Dezden Petty and JC transfer Antavius Sims, all of whom could also get in the mix in some capacity.
If everybody gets healthy and progresses at the expected rate, UW could have one of its deepest stables of running backs in years, which might make a committee approach that much more likely.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Athlon’s lists Justin Wilcox (as well as longtime UW assistant Chris Tormey) among its top assistant coaching hires of the off-season.
— The ESPN.com Pac-12 blog also offers a roundup of recruiting in the conference.
— SBNation looks at the announcement coming Friday from QB Troy Williams of Harbor City, Calif. Williams has said his two finalists are UW and Arizona.
— John Clayton says he expects Matt Hasselbeck to beat out Jake Locker for the Tennessee QB job.
— Alameda Ta’amu will take part in Pittsburgh’s OTAs this week.
— CBS announced some of its national TV games for 2012 today (Pac-12 TV designations for some games could be coming at any time, as well).
— And finally, the ESPN Pac-12 blog also has this look at Washington entering the off-season from Gemmell: