As head coach Chris Petersen said he would, Washington Huskies excellent outside linebacker Shaq Thompson took some reps at running back over the weekend.
Thompson was a superb running back in high school but hasn’t played on that side of the ball since joining the Huskies. However, Petersen thinks, especially with the departure of Bishop Sankey, that Thompson could be a contributor in the backfield:
“I’ve known Shaq for a long time. I know what kind of football player he is — he’s a football player,” Petersen said. “He can play offense or defense. … So we’ll continue to experiment a little bit. Nothing may happen, depending on depth issues. But something may happen down the road.”
Thompson himself said taking reps at running back in practice “felt good” and “brought back some memories from high school.” He continued: “I do miss that side of the ball, being a running back, touching the ball. The only thing I don’t miss is getting hit in the legs. … I’d rather hit than be hit.”
Wherever Thompson ends up on the field in 2014, he’ll surely be a force to be reckoned with for opponents.
[Source: Seattle Times]