No position for the University of Washington football team has been in a more state of flux than running back — and that was the case even before Kalen DeBoer took over as coach.

The new Husky staff brought in portal transfers from Nebraska, New Mexico and Virginia to boost the numbers and increase competition. The coaches have been patiently waiting for the remaining three players to return to good health after knee or shoulder injuries. And they have steadily thinned out the once heavy contingent of power runners in Texas.

After injuries and the reunion, redshirt freshman Sam Adams II and sophomore Cam Davis fit into the next category of candidates.

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The highly touted Adams, the son of a former Seahawks defensive lineman and the grandson of an NFL offensive lineman, both named Sam Adams, recently surprised his coaches with the full range of his skills.

“He was probably a little more slippery inside than I imagined,” DeBoer said. “He’s been consistent catching the ball, just solid all around.”

New Mexico transfer Aaron Dumas and redshirt freshman Jay’Veon Sunday appear to come next because they aren’t quite suited to the spread offense that will be used. Neither has a big background as a receiver coming out of the backfield.

Asked about those two, DeBoer said, “They’re rotating in. When you have that many guys, it’s hard to give everybody a ton of reps.”

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