In today’s installment of our Washington Huskies NFL Draft profiles, we turn our eyes to UW’s featured running back for the last four years. Myles Gaskin was a remarkably steady force for the Dawgs during his career, in which he became the program’s all-time leader in rushing yards (5,323) and total touchdowns (62). In 2015, Gaskin was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, and in 2016, he was named to the Pac-12’s all-conference first-team. In 2017 and 2018, he was recognized as an all-conference second-teamer.
Myles Gaskin was born and raised in Lynwood, WA and attended O’Dea High School. He was a two-sport star dominating both football and track and field. As a junior, Gaskin rushed for over 2,000 yards and earned all-state honors while being named League offensive player of the year. The running back followed that up with an even more impressive senior year, rushing for 1,567 yards, 25 touchdowns, an average of 14.4 yards per carry and also handled kickoff return and safety duties. Gaskin was named the league’s kick returner of the year, was named first team all-state at running back and first team all-league at safety.
Gaskin participated in six different track and field events and won the 2015 3A state title in the 100 meters with a time of 11.02. He took second in the 4×100 relay race, the 200 meters and the shot put competitions at the state finals. Gaskin was a three-star recruit, according to 247 sports, but only received two scholarship offers. The running back chose the Huskies over Washington State due to the connection he had with coach Chris Petersen.
Gaskin was good enough to start as a true freshman for the Huskies and became the first ever true freshman to rush for 1,000 or more yards in program history. He also set the program record for most rushing touchdowns as a true freshman (14) and his 1,302 rushing yards was good enough to earn freshman All-American first-team honors. 2016 was a special year for Gaskin and the Huskies. The running back rushed for 1,373 yards, nine touchdowns and was named first-team all-Pac-12 at the end of the season. Gaskin, along with Jake Browning and a stout Washington defense, led the team to the College Football Playoff semi-finals, where they eventually lost to Alabama 24-7.
A true senior, Washington running back Myles Gaskin was extremely productive in his time with the Huskies. He rushed for no fewer than 1,268 yards in any of his four seasons as the primary back, and it all began with an All-American honor as a true freshman in 2015.
He was Washington’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player winner that year, and Gaskin followed it up with a first-team all-conference selection after his sophomore campaign.
A nose for the end zone and sustained ground success, Gaskin was tremendously successful in college. There’s a major question to be answered regarding how well his game will translate into the pros. His style of running looks upright at times but is mostly due to a long torso and shorter lower body.
It’s not easy to be the all-time leader in both rushing yards and total touchdowns, especially when you play at a program like Washington.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Myles Gaskin is capable of.
A do-it-all back who is pound-for-pound one of the best runners in the 2019 NFL draft class, Gaskin recently spoke exclusively with Draft Wire about his incredible career with the Huskies, his experience at the NFL Scouting Combine, and what kind of impact he’ll make at the next level.
I’ll always look back at it as a blessing. I had a lot of fun at Washington. I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to attend Washington. I’m thankful for the great coaching staff that I had in my time there. That community had my back for the past four years. I’m just really thankful.
Absolutely. I had more than just my closest friends and family in my corner. There were so many people in those stands who came to watch me score touchdowns every week. I’ve had people watching me in that area since I was seven years old. There are some people that have been with me since I played my very first football game. That community feeling, it’s special.