Post Practice Video - Keith Bhonapha

Husky running backs coach Keith Bhonapha talks about what his tailbacks have shown him in the first five spring practices...

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On practicing in the weather “That’s one of the advantages of being up in the northwest, especially in Seattle. You get the chance to work some wet ball mechanics and I think it’s part of the game of football. You have to be able to play, no matter what the elements, so I’m glad we were able to get some of those wet ball mechanics to kind of take the next step and continue with our fundamentals of ball security.”

What was the tally for fumbles today? “I know we had one in our room. I want to say maybe two. I think that’s just part of it. I think the guys understand they have to lock that ball up high and tight and finish through contact with the football.”

On Myles Gaskin “I think the big thing is just continuing to practice with that maximum effort. I think one of the things once you’ve played a little bit and become a veteran guy it’s easy to kind of sit back. The one thing I have to take my hat off to him, he’s coming to every practice and attacking it day by day the same way he’s attacking in meetings. I think the big thing for him as we’re always trying to continue being what they call an undersize guy - and I use that in quotes - is to continue to embrace the pass protection part and continue to work his technique there.”

On Sean McGrew “I think the big thing that you see is his feet and his vision. That’s the reason why we recruited him. The guy has great feet, he has good vision, he has the ability to put his foot in the ground and get vertical, which is exciting as a running back coach because that’s what you want - a guy that can get vertical yards. Just some of his natural talent is what has been most impressive.”

How do you utilize Kamari Pleasant and what do you want to get out of him this spring? “I think - and when you talk about his skill set, Kamari (Pleasant) has quick feet. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s a bigger sized guy. I think we have to continue to develop him as an all around back. Pass protection, catching the ball out of the backfield, and running the ball. His progression is probably a little more - he has a lot more progression to do because we’re trying to continue to build him as that all around back.”

On Paul Wells “The good thing is you bring a guy over who came in as a receiver for spring ball and then you move him to running back and he’s showing a little bit of talent. We just have to continue to get him engrained in the playbook and hopefully he takes the next step to where he’s around this place to contribute.”

What can you do to keep Lavon Coleman engaged with spring if he’s not practicing? “He’s in meetings. I kind of go out of my way to make sure that I’m asking him questions in meetings to keep him engaged. At this point that’s what we can do until he finishes school.”

Just a conflict with school? “Yeah, that’s what it is?”

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