In a move fairly unusual for players with NFL-caliber talent, RB Myles Gaskin said he is planning to come back for his senior season with his University of Washington teammates. Ahead of Monday’s deadline for declaring intent for the NFL, Gaskin told the Seattle Times Sunday he had unfinished business.
“The University of Washington has always been really good to me and there is no reason to just run out as soon as I can,” Gaskin said. “I feel like I left some meat on bone, leaving with a loss (in the Fiesta Bowl), and I don’t want to go out like that.
“The big thing was just finishing what I started. I just want to win some games again and try make another run at a national championship.”
Gaskin said the NFL draft advisory board gave him a fourth-round grade. He would have a chance to improve that standing with a strong senior season. Gaskin needs only 51 yards to break Napoleon Kaufman’s UW career rushing record of 4,106 yards. His 98 yards in the Fiesta Bowl moved him past Chris Polk into second place.
Gaskin rejoins QB Jake Browning, who also was draft-eligible, to extend the most productive tandem in UW history. Gaskin has a school-record 49 total touchdowns, including four receptions, and Browning has 78 TD passes, both school records.
Also returning on offense are both tackles, Trey Adams and Kaleb McGary, and on defense, DT Greg Gaines and SS Jojo McIntosh. Amid assurances he is a first-round pick, junior Vita Vea has declared for the draft.
The Huskies figure to be favored to win the Pac-12 North when they open the season in Atlanta Sept. 1 against Auburn.