- Linebacker-turned-tailback Shaq Thompson can't wait to get back to doing what he does best. "You get to hit people instead of getting hit," Thompson said after rushing for 174 yards in Washington's 38-23 win over Colorado on Saturday. "Everybody loves to hit people. That's what I love, that's my mentality, hitting people." Thompson might not get that chance, though, after gaining 215 all-purpose yards in Washington's come-from-behind romp. The 6-foot-1, 228-pound bruiser averaged nearly 12 yards per carry, scored on a 24-yard run and added a 41-yard catch-and-run in which he eluded two tacklers and hurdled a third to set up another score. "He has a big game every game wherever we put him," Huskies coach Chris Petersen said.
Thompson, who was pressed into duty on offense two weeks ago because of injuries in the Huskies' backfield, has rushed for 272 yards and two TDs to go with his four defensive touchdowns. Linebacker, tailback, what's next? "I keep saying I know he can play three positions for sure really, really good, if not five," Petersen said. "He's fun to watch. He's fun for us as coaches to watch, give him a little space as an athlete, he's so strong that he's going to push the pile. He's hard to tackle." While on the sideline he pined for some snaps on defense. "I did, especially when I saw those missed tackles," Thompson said. "It's tough for me because I came here for defense. Those are my brothers, I miss being out there with them." - AP Sports