We’ll continue our look at how the position groups stand as UW takes a spring practice break with a review of the running backs.
Bishop Sankey, 5-10, 200, Jr.
Erich Wilson II, 5-10, 188 So. OR
Dwayne Washington, 6-1, 205 RFr.
Ryan McDaniel, 6-0, 227, RFr.
INJURED — Jesse Callier, Deontae Cooper.
There’s no debate who the starter is at this spot with Sankey back after rushing for 1,439 yards in 2012. Sankey is healthy and getting the requisite work this spring for a starting tailback. The bigger issue is developing the young backups, both to add depth for the present and options for the future.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian cited both Wilson and Washington as early spring standouts after Saturday’s practice, and each has gotten a lot of work so far in the spring. Washington, while listed at 205 pounds, said he’s closer to 220 or so, and as such provides a big-back alternative to what some of the others offer. What figure to be some more full-contact scrimmages later in the spring may tell more. But so far, Washington has shown signs of adding some of the kind of tough inside running coaches hoped he could when they moved him from receiver prior to the Las Vegas Bowl.
Wilson, who rushed for 145 yards on 28 carries last season, also seems to be running with a little more certainty in completing his first full season at UW.
McDaniel, who sat out last year while rehabbing a high school knee injury, has returned to action and has gotten his first full-pads work with UW. Callier and Cooper, who each suffered ACL tears last season, are spending the spring on the sidelines with some of the other injured players doing regular rehab and conditioning work. How the position evolves next fall will obviously depend greatly on how each of those players recovers.
The numbers at tailback thinned a bit when Dezden Petty decided during the first week of spring practice to transfer.
Cooper Pelluer, 6-3, 230, Jr. OR
Psalm Wooching, 6-3, 219, RFR.
Yes, the Huskies still use a fullback in their new no-huddle, up-tempo offense. Both Pelluer and Wooching are getting reps in the backfield. Pelluer missed last season after having shoulder surgery, but appears healthy now. Wooching is in his first spring with UW after redshirting last fall.