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August 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

So what do the Huskies do now at tailback?

Once the shock of Deontae Cooper’s latest, unfortunate, knee injury began to wear off yesterday, the inevitable question arose — what does this do to UW’s tailback depth?

Because Cooper hadn’t played in two years, the Huskies were in something of a wait-and-see mode with him this year, and the expectation heading into camp was that Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey would be the top two guys, in one order or another (and the order may not really matter a whole lot since both figure to get ample chances).

After that, though, UW has no experienced depth, and the hope was that Cooper would be able to contribute enough to server as another option, if not end up competing with Callier and Sankey.

Now, the drop off after Callier and Sankey goes straight to either true or redshirt freshmen, or walk-ons.

Going in the rotation the past few days after Callier and Sankey has been true freshmen Erich Wilson II, a 5-10, 188-pounder out of Serra High in East Palo Alto, Calif.

Asked about Wilson on Thursday, UW running backs coach Joel Thomas said “his name comes up more often now” in meetings when discussing the tailback spot.

“I’m not going to say he’s a surprise — we recruited him with the intention that he’s a solid football player,” Thomas said. “But he’s got pretty good feet, if you watch him out here. His intelligence with the game, for really only being with me now for four days and the team for a month he is pretty advanced as far as our scheme. We are a pro style offense so you have to memorize some stuff and he’s done a nice job.”

After Wilson are sophomore walk-on Willis Wilson of Lakes High in Lakewood, and redshirt freshman Dezden Petty of Gardena High in Carson, Calif., who is also listed as a fullback and splits time at both spots.

Wilson has been with the team since 2010 and has often impressed on the scout team and now is closer than ever to actually getting on the field.

“He’s had a nice camp,” Thomas said. “He’s kind of grown up. He’s always been a little squirrely and everything and not there is a certain maturity about himself and it shows that he has paid attention over the course of the last few years on the scout team because he’s where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there. I like what he’s bringing to the table.”

UW coach Steve Sarkisian said that for now, they won’t consider any position changes to add to the depth.

“We are going to get through this first week to see how our young guys mature here for a week and being in pads and what Erich Wilson can continue to do and what Dezden Petty is doing and what Jesse and Bishop are doing,” he said. “In a perfect world, sure, we’d like to have a little bit more depth there. But I want to give the guys on our entire roster a chance to show themselves at their position before we start doing anything from a positional change standpoint.”

You can see all of Thomas’ meeting with the media in the video below:

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