Pre Spring Position Reviews - Running Back

Washington graduated one of the most productive running backs in the history of the program this past season.

Chris Polk put together three consecutive 1000 yard seasons and was one of the main reasons that Husky football qualified for bowl appearances the past two seasons.

Even though Chris has moved on to ply his trade in the NFL the Huskies still look pretty solid on paper at the position headed into spring football if everyone can stay healthy.

The heir apparent appears to be sophomore Bishop Sankey (187 yards on 28 carries) from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. Sankey played sparingly last season but when he did he consistently showed some flashes of greatness.

Splitting time with him will be last years back up Jessie Callier (260 yards on 47 carries) who has shown plenty of flashes of greatness himself over the past couple of seasons.

Johri Fogerson returns for his senior year after being injured most of the past two seasons with hip and knee injuries. The talented Deontae Cooper who just may be the best RB on the roster when healthy is coming off two consecutive ACL surgeries.

I expect all four of these guys to play important roles on the team this season. Sankey is built to be a feature back while Callier is an excellent change-up. When healthy Fogerson was used as a receiver out of the backfield on third down situations and I expect that to continue in 2012.

I expect them to baby Cooper all the way through camp with the goal of keeping him healthy. He can be a home run hitter if they can get him back near 100%.

Wilson arrives later this summer and is a candidate to play early if Fogerson and Cooper can't stay healthy.

  • Bishop Sankey So
  • Jessie Callier Jr
  • Johri Fogerson Sr
  • Deontae Cooper So
  • Erich Wilson Fr
  • Cole Sager Sr (Walk On)
  • Willis Wilson So (Walk On)

Jr Tim Tucker moved over to FB from LB last season and beat out Sr Jonathan Amosa for the starting job by mid season. Neither are the type of multi threat player that Steve Sarkisian envisions manning the position in the future but both proved to be serviceable blockers last season.

RS Dezden Petty and true frosh Psalm Wooching are the future at the position. Petty labored with the scout team all last season so we didn't get a good idea of what he is capable of doing. Wooching seems to have all the tools that Sark wants at the position and is a candidate to play early.

  • Tim Tucker Jr
  • Jonathan Amosa Sr (Walk On)
  • Dezden Petty Rs
  • Psalm Wooching Fr
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