Also, it remains unclear whether wide receiver Brayden Lenius will make the travel squad for Saturday's Pac-12 opener at Arizona.
Myles Gaskin rushed for 1,302 yards and 14 touchdowns as a true freshman last year, both freshman rushing records for Washington.
When it comes to players like Gaskin having such early success, Petersen said: “One of the things I worry about with young players that have had success … now it’s like, ‘What’s next?’ (They think) ‘Oh, I gotta be better.’ No, you don’t. Just do what you’ve been doing and don’t press. And just be patient. He’s such a great patient runner, and sometimes you’ve got to give those guys the ball and you’ve got to get the O-line in a rhythm.”
Despite their great offensive production in their 3-0 start — they lead the Pac-12 with 49.3 points per game — the No. 9 Huskies haven’t found that rhythm in the running game.
Gaskin said Wednesday that, yeah, maybe he’s been “pressing” a bit. He has rushed for 217 yards and two TDs on 40 carries through three games, a respectable 5.4-yards-per carry average — but not the sort of astronomical statistics you’d expect against three inferior opponents after his breakthrough 2015.
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“I don’t think there’s such a thing as ‘trying too hard,’ but I think there’s pressing,” he said. “I think you might expect something out of yourself, but sometimes you have to take a step back and just do your thing.”
Petersen pointed to the offensive line.
“We’ve got to get him into a (rhythm),” he said, “and it all starts with the O-line. And they’ve got to fit properly with the running back, and he’s got to see the holes.”
He may be pressing a bit, but Gaskin’s isn’t stressing much.
“It’s no big deal,” he said. “We’re winning, so I don’t have a problem with it. We’re having fun.”
— Wide receivers coach Bush Hamdan said it’s still undecided whether junior WR Brayden Lenius would travel with the team to Arizona this week. Lenius was suspended for the first three games for an unspecified violation of team rules. “We’re taking it one step at a time and really want to do the best thing for him,” Hamdan said. “Right now we just have to get him practicing and continuing to feel better.”
— In preparation for their first road game in the desert heat, the Huskies have been practicing indoors this week with the heat and the music both turned up. The forecast in Tucson calls for a high of 87 degrees and about 81 for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.