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Joel Thomas (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

SEATTLE - Joel Thomas isn't that far removed from his days at Idaho as a star running back, but he's not a kid either. Yet Thomas isn't afraid to jump right into the pile and tell one of his backs about a poor cut. Thomas, the first-year RB coach at Washington, believes it's a style that will help the Huskies quickly identify a player capable of emerging from a traffic jam of running backs.

"That's the style I coach," Thomas said after Thursday's practice, one that saw the Huskies move inside to take advantage of the drier conditions. "I want to get in the mix. If I see someone, I can get out of the way. Eight tailbacks - Chris Polk, Brandon Johnson, David Freeman, Willie Griffin, Demitrius Bronson, Curtis Shaw, Terrance Dailey and Brandon Yakaboski - are eyeing a chance to become...

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