Keith Bhonapha talks depth after Gaskin

The running backs take a pounding, so the Washington Huskies kept the cotton on for the most part this fall camp. But they'll be unleashed Saturday versus Rutgers, and Washington Running Backs Coach Keith Bhonapha talked about his group and the depth behind sophomore Myles Gaskin.

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Do you have an idea of what Myles Gaskin’s workload will be game to game? “I haven’t really thought of it like that. He has a big group in the package. I think one of the big things is if he goes out there and is successful and kind of gets the hot hand he’ll stay in there. But to say I have a set number of plays or anything like that, three series or anything, he’s just going to play. Hopefully he’s out there and he’s productive.”

 

How has Jomon Dotson improved? “Jomon (Dotson) has done a great improving with pass protection. I think one of the things that has helped him is he’s become more physical, he’s done a better job with his footwork when it comes to moving his feet and staying in front of guys. Him with the ball in his hands, he has very sudden speed and he has that long distance speed, where he can go the distance. Another thing I know about Jomon, he has pretty good hands so he’ll have a chance to hopefully catch the ball out of the backfield and display that as well.”

 

Has the whole group improved in pass protection? “I would say so. We do a lot with the linebackers, doing one on ones and things like that. It’s somewhat of a realistic drill; it’s a long whistle, the quarterback’s not moving how he would in a game. But overall these guys have done a great job of really challenging themselves to get better at their technique and as a coach that’s all you can ask.”

 

On Rutgers “They’re a good team. Those guys play hard, they’re physical ,they seem pretty sound from the stuff that I’ve seen, so it’s going to be a great challenge and we’re excited play them.”

On ball security “I’m thinking positive. I just want to hold onto the football. Keep it high and tight, keep the contact zone covered up with two hands in the open field. Keep it high and tight in the open field and run as fast as you can. That’s all I’m talking about.”

 

How close is the competition for the second running back spot “All those guys have been very productive. And all those guys have had a good fall camp. It’s just going to be exciting. You know how it goes. It’s that time of the year where you have to make decisions and have to figure out who’s going to play so you can kind of get those guys the work. I can’t tell you ‘okay, it’s this close.’ I don’t know what answer you’re looking for there. I think all those guys have gotten better and as the season goes on we have to keep progressing as a group.”

 

Was there any consideration to play Sean McGrew this year? “Not really. I don’t know where that’s at.  I was kind of focused on just making sure he knew the offensive playbook. We did get a chance to kind of showcase him a little bit in a couple scrimmages that we had. To say ‘for sure he wasn’t playing or for sure he was playing,’ at this point, like the rest of these guys, I just want him to keep getting better.”

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