The competition narrows for the starting Huskies rusher

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

The new Husky staff brought in portal transfers from Nebraska, New Mexico and Virginia to increase numbers and increase competition. Coaches are patiently waiting for three holdover players to return to good health after knee or shoulder injuries. And they’ve steadily thinned out a once-heavy contingent of Texas power runners.

Rejoining the mix free of injury, redshirt freshman Sam Adams II and sophomore Cam Davis fit into the next tier of candidates.

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Many Harold Adams, son of a former Seahawks defensive lineman and grandson of an NFL offensive lineman, both named Sam Adams, recently surprised his coaches with the full range of his abilities.

“He was probably a little more slippery than I thought,” DeBoer said. “He’s consistently catching the ball, strong all around.”

New Mexico transfer Aaron Dumas and redshirt freshman Jay’Veon will likely come after Sunday because they aren’t perfect fits for the spread offense used. Neither has much of a background as a receiver out of the backfield.

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

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