The competition for a starting Husky Rusher is tightening

No position on the University of Washington football team has been in a state of flux more than running back, and that was the case even before Kalen DeBoer took over as coach.

The new Husky staff brought in portal transfers from Nebraska, New Mexico and Virginia to bolster numbers and increase competition. The coaches have waited patiently for the remaining three players to recover from knee or shoulder injuries. And they’ve steadily whittled down Texas’ once heavy contingent of power runners.

After injuries and rejoining the mix, redshirt freshman Sam Adams II and sophomore Cam Davis fit into the next tier of candidates.

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The much-heralded Adams, son of a former Seahawks defensive lineman and grandson of an NFL offensive lineman, both named Sam Adams, recently wowed his coaches with his full range of abilities.

“It was probably a little more slippery on the inside than I imagined,” DeBoer said. “He’s been consistent getting the ball, just solid all around.”

New Mexico transfer Aaron Dumas and redshirt freshman Jay’Veon Sunday appear to be next because they don’t fit neatly into the spread offense that will be used. Neither has much track record as a receiver coming out of the backfield.

Asked about those two, DeBoer said, “They’re rotating in. When you have that many guys, it’s hard to give everybody a ton of reps..”

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