The running back position at Washington State is unique to any other in the country. Running backs at Washington State must look to get most of their yards on swing plays and screens but remain effective and efficient when they do get their number called on a running play. It takes a special kind of player to play this position and even talented players like Theron West can take awhile to adjust to the system and prove they can be effective.
WSU brings back “Mr. Dependable”, Marcus Mason for his Senior year in 2014 but also has a lot of excitement around this position as they search for who will elevate the running backs to the next level in this unique program. There are some exciting recruits who redshirted last year who may step up and the aforementioned Theron West was impressive in the Bowl game, however this position remains wide open for who the next big time back will be.
That is where, highly recruited Squally Canada comes in.
Squally Canada is an extremely talented, big bodied running back. A 3-star recruit from Milpitas California, Canada is 5-11, 190 lbs and he uses every last inch and ounce of it. Squally is an exciting signee for Mike Leach and the Cougs because he is the type of back who can form the running game in a system like Washington State’s. He runs with so much power , he can use the wide splits of the offensive line to an advantage. It seemed about half of his highlight film was him dragging another player on his back and the other half was him pulling away from players with ease. The kid can fly.
Although Washington State has both big bodied backs and speed backs, Squally seems to be the first back on the roster that can be ideal for any situation in the air-raid which really gives him a chance to become “the main back” at some point in his career at WSU. This is exciting for Coug fans as they have not enjoyed that kind of consistency since former WSU running back, Jerome Harrison’s senior year. At this point though, that is just a possibility. With so much talent both currently on the roster and coming in, Canada will just have to work on adjusting to the system and finding his place early on, which I believe he will do. This kid is a perfect pick up for Washington State and I know Pullman can’t wait to have him. A very notable get for Mike Leach and the Cougs.