Fortunately for the program, he had the talent to be a 1,000-yard rusher. He proved he was ready to play at a high level.
In 2013, Cooper and Callier plan to make comebacks, but their injuries point to the importance of having players who are ready to step in and contribute.
Lavon Coleman (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) is the only running back currently committed to the Huskies, making him a key piece of the program’s recruiting puzzle.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound prospect is a power rusher, who should develop into a nice complement to Sankey’s speed and quickness.
Coleman was one of seven senior prospects who committed at a local restaurant during the Huskies’ Rising Stars Camp this summer.
“When he gets a year or two under his belt with Ivan [Lewis] and the strength and conditioning staff, he’s going to be a big, powerful, SEC-style back,” Lompoc coach Andrew Jones said when asked to describe the running back during the 2012 season.
Hampered by an injury during part of his senior year, Coleman still managed to rush for 887 yards and nine touchdowns on 128 carries.