Had a chance to talk a bit today with Huskies running backs coach Keith Bhonpaha, who praised Myles Gaskin’s patience and maturity after the freshman rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown last week at USC.
(On running backs sharing carries) “… At this point with where we’re at offensively, I think one of the most important things is guys being out there being productive. To me to say, ‘this guy has to be the guy that’s going,’ I don’t feel that way. The guy out there on the field, I want him to be continuously productive. That’s really the most important thing to me.”
(Are there different defensive looks that dictate whether Dwayne Washington or Myles Gaskin will play more?) “I wouldn’t necessarily say there’s different defenses or different defensive looks. I think their style is so different. Dwayne being more the long-strider guy, and Myles being more your kind of scat-back who has great feet, great vision and can make guys miss in a small space. I think that’s really the big thing. I think when it came to the past couple weeks, when we played Cal the week before, there was just some big, gaping holes where Dwayne was able to kind of open up a little bit, and this past week, Myles was able to make some things happen just by being patient and using his vision.”
(Did you expect Myles to have that many carries, or do you just play that by ear?) “Believe it or not, I’m not a psychic, so I just kind of go how the game plays out. I’m glad it worked out the way it did. Myles was able to get some good experience out there. it’s really been fun, kind of watching him develop week after week. and as I always say, as a group, we’ve just got to continue to be more consistent and get better each week.”
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(Is that kind of patience rare for his age?) “No, I don’t think it’s necessarily rare for someone his age. I think we’d seen it when we were recruiting him. But I think his level of maturity, and how he’s handled being able to play as a true freshman – the game hasn’t been too big for him. I think the first game was the only game where you could kind of sense he had a little bit of anxiety. But outside of that, I think the most impressive thing is how mature he is, and how much he can handle when the game is going on.”