Erich Wilson Transfer Will Hurt Backfield Depth of Washington Huskies in 2013

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The Washington Huskies were counting on having a great amount of depth in their backfield next season behind 1,400-yard rusher Bishop Sankey. That depth will take a hit heading into the summer, however, as Erich Wilson has announced his intention to transfer closer to home and play for the San Jose State Spartans. How will Wilson’s departure affect the Huskies’ running game next fall?

In short, they lose an effective contributor that figured to be a key piece of the backfield rotation in 2013. During his freshman season, Wilson finished third on the team in rushing, gaining 145 yards on 28 carries with a touchdown. He was used sparingly, getting his most action in a 52-13 home blowout of the Portland State Vikings when he carried the ball 15 times for 72 yards.

That means Washington will turn to a rotation that relies on Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper, both returning from injuries, alongside converted wide receiver Dwayne Washington. Callier was once the No. 2 running back ahead of Sankey in 2011, rushing for 260 yards on 47 carries behind former Washington running back Chris Polk. Now, he will be jockeying for carried behind Sankey after he took command of the position in 2012.

Wilson likely wasn’t going to be a featured part of Washington’s offensive gameplan in 2013, but he would have provided some quality insurance in case the injury bug began creeping up in Seattle next fall. It’s tough to know just how well two players coming off injury will hold up or if a former receiver will be able to handle the load, so losing a proven commodity like Wilson will be an inconvenience from a depth perspective.

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