From Week 8 to the end of the season, UW freshman Myles Gaskin graded out as the second-best running back in the nation, behind only Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, according to Pro Football Focus.
First, the rushing numbers from Myles Gaskin‘s final four games of the 2015 season:
- 18 carries, 108 yards, 1 TD at Arizona State
- 23 carries, 127 yards at Oregon State
- 32 carries, 138 yards, 2 TDs vs. Washington State
- 26 carries, 181 yards, 4 TDs vs. Southern Miss
Gaskin’s rushing yards and touchdowns in the Huskies’ Heart of Dallas Bowl victory were both career highs, and he ended the season with 1,302 yards and 14 touchdowns, both Washington freshman records.
For perspective on Gaskin’s finishing kick, some numbers from Pro Football Focus, which grades major-college teams teams and players on every snap:
- From Week 8 to the end of the season (including bowl games), Gaskin graded out as the second-best running back in the nation, behind only Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey, the Heisman runner-up, posted a grade of +37.4 over the final six games in what PFF considers the best season by a college running back “ever.” Gaskin’s grade over that final stretch was +19.0.
- Gaskin and McCaffrey each had 44 missed tackles after Week 8 (Gaskin in five games, McCaffrey in six), tied for the most in the nation. PFF credited Gaskin with 13 missed tackles in the bowl game.
- Gaskin’s “elusive rating” ranked No. 5 nationally among running backs who played at least 25 percent of their team’s snaps.
- Overall, Gaskin finished the season as No. 6-ranked running back. Among the running backs ranked in the top 10, Gaskin played the fewest percentage of his team’s offensive snaps (44.9).