Gaskin is one of a handful of UW underclassmen considering an early departure for the NFL.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Myles Gaskin is in no rush to announce his post-Fiesta Bowl plans.
In the buildup to Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl, there will be much talk this week about Penn State’s standout junior running back, Saquon Barkley, who some have pegged as the No. 1 overall prospect entering next spring’s NFL draft.
The Huskies’ junior running back, meanwhile, has a looming NFL decision of his own.
“Got to talk to mom and dad about it,” Gaskin said Tuesday morning during the first Fiesta Bowl press conference at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. “I mean, we’ve been talking about it. I’m not going to act like it’s sneaking up on me. It’s nothing like that.
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“But I’m just really focused on this game. And I’m not giving that answer to just to be a generic answer. I just want to play football. When this game is over, then I’ll sit down with mom and pop and my brother, everybody in my corner, and give it some real thought. But it’s not pressing. I’m having fun in college. I’m not pressing on anything.”
With 3,957 yards rushing, Gaskin, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound junior from Lynnwood, enters the Fiesta Bowl needing 149 yards to match Napoleon Kaufman’s UW career rushing record. Kaufman set the record of 4,106 yards between 1991-94.
Gaskin is one of a handful of UW underclassmen considering an early departure for the NFL. Junior defensive lineman Vita Vea, a potential top-15 pick, is widely expected to declare for the draft. Defensive lineman Greg Gaines, offensive tackle Kaleb McGary and safety Jojo McIntosh could all leave early, too.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15.