WSU running back question will have to wait

THIS SPRING at running back at Washington State was supposed to be about four ‘backs competing for three spots on Saturdays. But one the four will not be taking reps out on the football field this spring.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells running back Keith Harrington will miss the spring football session at Washington State with an injury. 

The source declined to offer specifics on the third-year sophomore’s injury but said Harrington (5-8, 191) is expected to be 100 percent long before fall camp begins in August.

Without Harrington, Cougar running backs Gerard WicksJamal Morrow and James Williams are the three lining up in the backfield this spring.  

Harrington was the leading receiver out of the backfield (43) last season while Wicks led the team in rushing (610 yards) and Morrow posted the best rushing ypc (6.5).  Williams spent his true freshman season redshirting and tormenting the youth on D during Thursday Night Football.

CF.C’s Tyler Baker says all three have looked sharp in running, catching and blocking through the first two days with no real separation, although it should be stressed the first two days of spring ball have been helmets-only.

The Cougs are expected to add shoulder pads to the mix on Tuesday. 

Mike Leach and running backs coach Jim Mastro have said they won’t have a 4-man rotation at running back in games this fall. But that doesn’t mean a player would necessarily move positions or that the same 3-man rotation would play each week.  Leach has also said if one running back were to separate himself, game reps would not be as evenly spread out among the ‘backs as they were last season.

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