Washington football heroes: Myles Gaskin

Continuing with our series of Washington football heroes from the last decade, Gaskin boat raced his competition in our Twitter vote!

You can make an argument that Myles Gaskin is the greatest running back in the history of Washington football. Just three games into his Husky career, he took the starting job away from Dwayne Washington and never looked back.

During his time with the Huskies, Gaskin rushed for 1,200 yards in each of his four seasons, and only missed eclipsing the 1,300 yard mark in his senior year, which was slowed by injuries. He joined Wisconsin legend, Ron Dayne, as the only two players in NCAA history to hit the 1,200 yard mark on the ground in all four seasons of eligibility.

A three-star recruit out of O’Dea, Gaskin came into the program as an unknown on the national level, but he made sure everyone knew his name. By the end of 2018, Gaskin etched his way into the history books as the Huskies’ all-time leading rusher (5,323), rushing touchdowns (57), and total touchdowns (62).

Gaskin was named as a Freshman All-American after his incredible freshman campaign, and didn’t stop there. He was named to the All Pac-12 First Team in 2016, and then the All Pac-12 Second Team in 2017 and 2018.

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When the lights were brightest, Gaskin seemed to be at his best, and no moment seems to signify that better than his final game in a Husky uniform at the Rose Bowl. Gaskin accounted for all three Washington touchdowns in that game, rushing for two and throwing one to Will Dissly.

He also accounted for a legendary, 170 yard, three-touchdown performance in the snow during his final Apple Cup game, giving us possibly the greatest Husky quote of all time, “I ain’t ever lost to no Coug.”

Gaskin personifies the Chris Petersen era in the best possible way. An underrecruited guy who combined hard work with talent. There’s no doubt that Gaskin, who was drafted in the 7th round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, will go down as one of the best Huskies to ever play.

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