The Washington Huskies have to replace a ton of talent on offense heading into the 2014 season but none may be as hard to replace as running back Bishop Sankey. During his junior season, Sankey set a school record rushing for 1,870 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns as he provided a consistent grinding presence for the UW offense. While he leaves a huge hole behind him that the Dawgs will try and fill this fall, the Huskies may have found a star in sophomore Dwayne Washington.
At 6-foot-2, 221 pounds, Washington provides a unique blend of size and speed that has Huskies fans flashing back to the days of Corey Dillon. Last season he showed a willingness to mix it up between the tackles and grind out yards with his size but also the speed to break for daylight when given a crease. Against the Oregon State Beavers, he broke off touchdown runs of 32 and 71 yards in a 69-27 win. A strong spring session has Washington as a favorite to emerge as the starting running back next fall.
One area that Washington will have to prove that he’s improved on is with his ball carrying. On consecutive carries against the Illinois Fighting Illini last season, Washington put the ball on the turf which derailed the talented back from getting into the running back rotation more often in 2013. His talent, however, will push him to the top of the depth chart this fall and he will be given every opportunity to succeed in 2014.
With so much turnover taking place on the offensive side of the ball, UW needs a star to step up. Dwayne Washington has all the makings to be an all-time great for the Huskies. Can he deliver in 2014?