The race for the starting Huskies rusher is narrowing

No position for the University of Washington football team has been in a state of greater change than running back — and that was the case even before Callen DeBoer took over as coach.

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

After shaking off 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 highly touted Adams, the son of a former Seahawks quarterback and the grandson of an NFL offensive lineman, both named Sam Adams, recently surprised his coaches with his full range of capabilities.

“It was probably a little slicker on the inside than I imagined,” DeBoer said. “He was consistent catching the ball, just solid all around.”

New Mexico transfer Aaron Dumas and redshirt freshman Jay’Veon Sunday appear to be next because they aren’t quite ideal for the spread attack that will be used. Neither has much of a history as a receiver coming out of the backfield.

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

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