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March 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Shaq Thompson ‘a monster’ in the backfield for UW

Shaq Thompson returns an interception against California Memorial Stadium on Nov. 2, 2012. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Shaq Thompson returns an interception against California in 2012. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It was only one day and one drill, and only a handful of handoffs, but the buzz is building around Shaq Thompson‘s return to the backfield.

The Washington junior outside linebacker, a star running back at Sacramento’s Grant High, took a few handoffs at half speed during a running back drill at Thursday’s practice.

“He’s a monster. He’s a monster, man,” junior cornerback Marcus Peters said. “It’s going to be real unique run the ball. Everybody talk about (UCLA’s) Myles Jack running the ball, but Shaq Thompson really can run that ball.”

Linebackers coach Bob Gregory has no objections.

“I had no vote,” Gregory said, “but I certainly endorse it. I think it’s great. It’s fun stuff and I think he’ll enjoy it.”

Thompson was one of the nation’s top recruits in the Class of 2012, a first-team All-American who rushed for 3,016 yards and 40 touchdowns on 284 carries (10.6 yards per carry) during his final two seasons at Grant.

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