Steve Sarkisian credits offensive line for propelling run game

Aug 31, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey (25) carries the ball during the 1st half against the Boise State Broncos at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of attention has been paid to the rushing attack of the Washington Huskies this year, and for good reason. Thanks to their new up-tempo offense, the Huskies are averaging 303.67 rushing yards per game, a mark that makes them the ninth-best rushing team in the nation. Junior running back Bishop Sankey has shined, currently second nationally in rushing and first in the Pac-12. When head coach Steve Sarkisian was asked about Washington’s success, though, he pointed to an offensive line that mas managed to remain injury-free as the key:

It’s huge. Those same guys have been together since spring practice. We got 15 spring practices, all of training camp and now three games under our belt. I think the continuity is so much better than we’ve been. The communication is there. The guys are working well with one another and they know what to expect from the guy on each side of them (ESPN).

Last season, Washington lost multiple starters on the line and were unable to jell as a unit. The Huskies averaged a mere 142.38 yards per game on the ground, one of the worst marks in the Pac-12. With things rolling along smoothly this year, though, it appears that stopping Sankey and the Washington running game will be a top priority for opponents.

Washington’s next game will be against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. The game begins at 4:00 p.m. PT and can be seen on Fox.

[Source: ESPN]

Topics: Steve Sarkisian, Washington Huskies

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