Washington RB Myles Gaskin breaks 1,000 yard mark for Pac-12 record fourth time
Much of the buildup to the 111th edition of the Apple Cup -- the annual rivalry game between the University of Washington and Washington State Cougars -- not surprisingly focused on record-setting senior quarterbacks Jake Browning and Gardner Minshew.
Huskies running back Myles Gaskin ran Friday night as if personally offended by the slight, earning MVP honors for the victorious Huskies by rumbling for 170 yards and three touchdowns - the last one appropriately coming as he broke the 1,000 yard mark on the season for a Pac-12 record fourth consecutive year.
While Gaskin's position as top Dawg in Washington's storied history is certain, he will be a polarizing prospect in the eyes of NFL scouts.
Though Gaskin has shown incredibly durability over his career - missing just just two games in four seasons - he lacks an ideal frame for the next level, with Washington's official athletic site listing him at a less-than-imposing 5-10, 193 pounds.
While perhaps not looking the part, Gaskin's eye-popping production (unofficially 5,131 rushing yards now) is a statistical testament to his deceiving power, balance and vision. Gaskin is a "natural" runner, showing the ability to alternately explode through the hole or exhibit excellent patience to allow blocks to develop. He shows good lateral agility to elude in tight spaces and accelerates smoothly, as he showed in the breakaway 80-yard touchdown run that served as the clinching big play in UW's 28-15 win over the favored Cougars.
Gaskin entered the game ranked third on NFLDraftScout.com's list of senior running backs. He does not project as a bell-cow starter in the NFL like top-rated Damien Harris from Alabama but more as a change of pace back, projecting as a do-it-all performer capable of starring in the right offense, similar to James White with the New England Patriots.