Myles Gaskin
Gaskin in 2018
No. 37 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-02-15) February 15, 1997 (age 24)
Lynnwood, Washington
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Seattle (WA) O'Dea
College:Washington (2015–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 234
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2021
Rushing yards:1,243
Rushing average:3.7
Rushing touchdowns:7
Receptions:93
Receiving yards:656
Receiving touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com

Myles Gaskin (born February 15, 1997) is an American football running back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Washington.

Early years

Gaskin was raised in Lynnwood, Washington, a suburb north of Seattle. He attended the Alderwood Boys and Girls Club where his athleticism playing basketball was noted by his coach.[3]

Gaskin attended O'Dea High School in Seattle, Washington. As a junior, he rushed for 2,182 yards and 35 touchdowns and as a senior he had 1,567 yards and 25 touchdowns.[4][5] Myles also ran track, competing in the 100 meter dash and the 4 by 100 meter relay.[6] He committed to the University of Washington to play college football.[7]

College career

Gaskin became Washington's starting running back his true freshman year in 2015. He became the first true freshman in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,302 on 227 carries.[8] He also set a freshman record with 14 rushing touchdowns. He was named the MVP of the 2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl after rushing for 181 yards and four touchdowns.[9][10] Gaskin played in all 14 games of his sophomore season, amassing 1,373 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named to the All-Pac-12 first-team following the regular season.[11]

In his statistically most-successful junior year, Gaskin led the Pac-12 with 21 rushing touchdowns and 24 total touchdowns, and was fifth in the conference in rushing yards. In the fourth game of the season at Colorado, he rushed for 202 yards, the only 200+ game of his career. His productivity declined slightly his senior year, but he still became the first Pac-12 player with four 1000+ rushing-yard-seasons, and led the 2018 Huskies to conference championship and the Rose Bowl. There, in the last game of his college career, Gaskin rushed for two touchdowns and passed for a third in his only career pass attempt, all in the fourth quarter.[12]

Gaskin finished his career at Washington with a school-record 62 touchdowns (2nd in Pac-12 history to Royce Freeman) and 5,323 rushing yards (3rd to Freeman and Charles White). He also holds school records for 100-rushing-yard games (26), rush attempts (945), rushing yards per game (102.4), rushing touchdowns (57), rushes of 50+ yards (10), and all-purpose yards (5,878).[13]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 9+14 in
(1.76 m)
205 lb
(93 kg)
29+12 in
(0.75 m)
8+34 in
(0.22 m)
4.58 s 4.27 s 7.19 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
24 reps
All values from NFL Combine[14]

Gaskin was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round, 234th overall, of the 2019 NFL Draft, the last of 25 running backs taken and the second by the Dolphins.[15] In Week 16, in the 38–35 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, he scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard run.[16] He was placed on injured reserve on December 24, 2019.[17] He appeared in seven games as a rookie and recorded 133 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to go along with seven receptions for 51 receiving yards.[18]

In 2020, Gaskin started the season as backup to Matt Breida and Jordan Howard. In his first career start in Week 3, he had a career-best 95 yards from scrimmage in a victory over Jacksonville.[19] In Week 6, Gaskin had 49 yards on the Dolphins' second series, en route to 126 yards from scrimmage in a 24-0 win over the Jets.[20] He was placed on injured reserve on November 5, 2020, with a sprained MCL.[21] He was activated on December 5, 2020.[22] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on December 12, 2020,[23] and activated on December 23.[24] In Week 16 against the Las Vegas Raiders, Gaskin rushed for 87 yards and recorded 5 catches for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns one being a 59 yard reception from Ryan Fitzpatrick during the 26–25 win.[25]

Career statistics

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2019 MIA 7 0 36 133 3.7 27 1 7 51 7.3 20 0
2020 MIA 10 7 142 584 4.1 26 3 41 388 9.5 59 2
2021 MIA 13 10 154 526 3.4 20 3 45 217 4.8 24 4
Totals 30 17 332 1,243 3.7 27 7 93 656 7.1 59 6

See also

References

  1. ^ "Pac-12 Football Awards And All-Conference Team Announced". Pac-12. 2016.
  2. ^ "Pac-12 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced". Pac-12. 2017.
  3. ^ "Washington running back Gaskin is proud of his Lynnwood roots". Everett Herald. HeraldNet. October 1, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "O'Dea running back Myles Gaskin counting on experienced line". Seattle Times. September 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Huskies star freshman Myles Gaskin learned from his older brother". Tacoma News Tribune. December 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "O'Dea speedster Myles Gaskin a force in football and track". Seattle Times. June 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "O'Dea RB Myles Gaskin commits to Washington". Seattle Times. March 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "UW's Myles Gaskin excited to build on record-setting freshman season". Seattle Times. April 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Freshman tailback Myles Gaskin powers Washington to Heart of Dallas Bowl win". Spokesman Review. December 26, 2015.
  10. ^ "Myles Gaskin, Washington ready to take the next step in 2016". ESPN. February 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Pac-12 Football Awards And All-Conference Team Announced". Pac-12. November 29, 2016.
  12. ^ "2018 Rose Bowl Box score". sports-reference.com.
  13. ^ "2019 UW FB Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  14. ^ "Myles Gaskin Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  15. ^ Poupart, Alain (April 27, 2019). "Dolphins Select RBs Chandler Cox & Myles Gaskin With Final Picks". MiamiDolphins.com.
  16. ^ "Miami Dolphins at New York Giants - December 15th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  17. ^ Williams, Charean (December 24, 2019). "Dolphins place Myles Gaskin on injured reserve". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  18. ^ "Myles Gaskin 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  19. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars - September 24th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  20. ^ "New York Jets at Miami Dolphins - October 18th, 2020".
  21. ^ Alper, Josh (November 5, 2020). "Dolphins will put Myles Gaskin on injured reserve". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  22. ^ "Running Back Myles Gaskin Activated". MiamiDolphins.com. December 5, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  23. ^ "Miami Dolphins make roster moves". MiamiDolphins.com. December 12, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  24. ^ "Activated Myles Gaskin Off Reserve/COVID-19 List". MiamiDolphins.com. December 23, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  25. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders - December 26th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2020.