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No good option at running back for Washington Huskies

during the second half of the Cactus Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma State won 30-22. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Washington Huskies released their Week 1 depth chart, with both Dwayne Washington and Lavon Coleman listed as starting running backs.

Last season the Huskies used a rotation at running back with four running backs totaling over 100 snaps. Most expected Dwayne Washington to be in the lead role this season on his own, however, that may not be the best option for the Huskies. Dwayne Washington graded as the 217th (out of 227) running backs in 2014, partly due to producing only 2.2 yards after contact — in the bottom half for running backs with 25 percent of the carries.

The problem for the Huskies is that Coleman did even less with his opportunities. Coleman only gained 103 yards on runs over 15 yards, compared to Washington who gained 299 yards with six fewer attempts.

It wouldn’t be a shock to see junior running back Deontae Cooper used more out of the backfield. Last season he caught all 16 targets and averaged just under 10 yards per reception. Freshman Myles Gaskin could also take on a role if both Washington and Coleman struggle again this season.

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