6-foot-2, 225-pound Washington Huskies outside linebacker Shaq Thompson is a phenomenal athlete. But is he good enough to play a bit of running back for the Huskies next season? Head coach Chris Petersen certainly seems to think so.
Without confirming or denying anything, Petersen recently hinted at the possibility of Thompson stepping into the backfield on occasion in 2014:
“We’ll just see how that goes down the road. John Ross has played a little bit of defense. We have to maximize our talent, if he can do some things there. I know Shaq was a heck of a running back in high school, so we’ll see. But he’s a pretty good linebacker, too.”
Thompson was indeed a heck of a running back in his prep days, rushing for 1,134 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior (numbers that were actually down from that stats he posted as a junior). As a track athlete, he’s gone under 22 seconds in the 200 meters, so he definitely has the speed to be a weapon on offense. While Husky fans shouldn’t expect Thompson to be the full-time replacement for the departed Bishop Sankey, his potential addition on offense would give Pac-12 defenses a new wrinkle to cope with in 2014.
[Source: The Seattle Times]