VIDEO: Washington Running Back Myles Gaskin - Arizona Wildcats

Dawgman.com's Chris Fetters spoke with freshman running back Myles Gaskin Wednesday ahead of Saturday's Halloween 'Blackout' game versus Arizona. Since this was the first time the media have spoken to Myles in Seattle, there were all sorts of questions about his background, growing up, his running influences, the switch from high school to college, and more in this in-depth interview.

On how this year has been so far “It’s been great. It’s been nothing but a blessing. I’m having a ton of fun with these guys. Starting from camp, actually from summer class, it has been nothing but fun and I appreciate every moment. It’s a blast really.”

 

On if he thought things would go so well so quickly “Hoped and prayed about it. That’s what happened. I’m just really thankful about how it’s been going and just excited for what’s to come.”

 

On if it’s weird to think that a year ago he would be preparing to play Bishop Blanchet “Yeah, it actually is because on our bye week I wanted to go see O’Dea play Blanchet and it was just like ‘wow, I was here last year.’ Yeah, it’s a little different.”

 

On when patience clicked for him “It’s what we work on everyday in practice and they’re doing a great job up front; they’re making it easy for me and all the other running backs. It’s more on them and they’re doing their job and they open up the holes; I just run through them.”

 

On if there was a running back he tried to emulate when growing up “My older brother I guess. He played football. That’s what got me into football. Ivan Gaskin. He played high school. When he was little I wanted to run like him and that’s how it is.”

 

On if there was a moment he realized he had a chance to play in college “I guess. My coaches had faith in me in high school and they said I was pretty good. Not really like an ‘ah-ha’ moment, just kind of keep chipping away and keep playing football because I love it. That’s just where it has put me.”

 

On if there was a former Husky he liked watching that fits his mold “I like all of those guys, but I would have to say (Chris) Polk. He’s just real exciting and real tough. I like that about him.”

 

On if any part of the process has been different that he thought it would be “Not hard or difficult, just new stuff. School-wise, because we didn’t start school until almost the third or fourth game in, it was just different kind of getting adjusted to school and trying to fit in whatever I have to do for school work and watching film and meetings and stuff. I’m getting adjusted to it just fine and it’s working out just fine.”

 

On late starts for games if he’s felt any negative effects of them “No, I wouldn’t say so. On Sunday’s we have practice pretty late. I usually go home after practice to kind of recoup, go home, kick it my mom and dad, and so it doesn’t really effect me.”

 

On if he enjoys the Sunday practice “I like it because we don’t have Mondaypractice and nobody really likes Mondays so it helps out.”

 

On the play when he ran over Stanford’s safety “In the game, I saw him coming from a distance and I was going to try to make a cut off of him, but I just couldn’t so I kind of put my shoulder into it and that’s what came out of it. I was trying to run for a touchdown and he was in the way.”

 

On how he would describe himself “Just chill I guess. I like to go home and hang out with my mom and dad, talk to family, and all that stuff.”

On how many siblings he has other than his older brother “Just him.”

 

On how he’s dealt with the physical component of college football “I would say during camp, because that’s when we really hit every day and stuff like that, that was a big leap. In my opinion, we have the best defense in the PAC-12 with our d-line, Azeem (Victor), Keishawn (Bierria), all those guys know how to play football. Adjusting to those guys, that’s an eye opener. I think it helped out a lot to play in games now. It took a minute, but it was alright.”

 

On who hit him the hardest “Who hit me the hardest? Nobody.”

 

On what he sees from Arizona this week “Very athletic team, very athletic defense, and a much better defense than we have played against in the past. They’re well coached, really well coached, and they know how to do their assignment. It’s going to be a battle every snap and every play. They’re a good team.”

 

On if he’s excited for the blackout “Yeah. Coming on recruiting trips and all that stuff you’re sitting in the stands last year and now you’re playing in it. Much different feel.”

 

On if bad weather impacts how he plays “No. Coming from high school, this is where I’m from. You get used to it.”

 

On how he would describe his style of running “You’ve got the hard questions. I guess people have been saying patient, so I’m going to go with patient.”

 

On what he looks to do when he gets the ball “I like to read the leverage of the blocks. If you can read the leverage of the blocks you only have to worry about the safety and the corner and that’s when guys become my size so that’s easier for me personally.”

 

On where he developed the patience “My brother.”

 

On if he prefers to make guys miss, out run them, or run them over “I’d say miss, kind of over commit. I try to make them over run me and then kind of cut inside of that.”

 

On if he hides behind his blockers “It’s been working, so I’m going to keep on going with that. I mean, I guess I’m small; I don’t really think so. In camp they talked about how it was hard to see me behind the line because I’m so short, so I’m going to keep going with that style of it.”

 

On why he wears number nine “I didn’t pick number nine. I was given number nine. Deontae (Cooper) took six, so flip the six upside down and you get nine.”

 

On how his brother taught him patience “Just hanging out with him a lot; playing backyard football with him and seeing what worked for him and go ahead and try it.”


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