Spring Breakout Players: No. 8

Bishop Sankey is set as the starter at running back for the Huskies, but behind him there are a handful of players who will be vying for carries. In our continuing series on the top breakout players of spring, we take a look at redshirt freshman Dwayne Washington who made the move to running back during bowl practices and looked good enough to have the coaches excited to see what he can do...

Background: Washington had the size, speed and skills to be a very highly recruited player, but his academics limited his opportunities and thus he chose the Huskies over offers from Nevada, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. He was unable to get qualified in time to enroll with the rest of the 2012 class in the summer and had to wait until late September before the NCAA approved his transcripts and allowed him to join the team. Because of his late start, he wound up redshirting and that could pay huge dividends down the road for the Dawgs.

Why Washington?: The reason why we chose Washington to be a breakout player is because of what he brings to the table, namely a 6'1", 205-pound frame that also possesses legitimate 4.45 speed and enough moves to be a very intriguing player at the position moving forward. The coaches had Washington move to running back during their Vegas Bowl preparations and the returns were very positive. According to one of his prep coaches, Washington could be very good at wideout or even at safety, but he has "All-American potential" at running back because of his natural athleticism as well as his vision and size. Also, with Jessie Callier continuing to recover from a torn ACL, there is no sure-fire backup to Sankey and that means that Washington will get plenty of chances to show what he can do.

The Competition: As noted twice earlier, Sankey is entrenched as the starter after totaling 1,439 yards and 16 scores last season, but behind him there are plenty of opportunities to earn playing time. Washington will battle Callier, Erich Wilson, Dezden Petty and Kendyl Taylor for reps.

Callier will likely be limited to non-contact work this spring, so realistically, Wilson and Taylor are the players that Washington needs to fight off for full-contact work.

His big advantage over those two is his size and that could be a huge factor in earning some playing time this fall.

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