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The agonizing decision awaiting Myles Gaskin: Enter the NFL draft or return to UW?

Does Myles Gaskin, a junior with three seasons of impeccable performance with the Huskies, declare for the NFL draft by Monday’s deadline or return to school?

On the football field, Myles Gaskin’s game is predicated upon patience. He bides his time — sometimes agonizingly so — until a hole opens up and he bursts through it.

But now the Washington running back is facing a decision in which the direction for him to go is murky, ambiguous and subject to multiple layers of interpretation. He is holding steady behind the line, weighing his options, as Husky fans (and teammates, and coaches) wait to see which way he’ll run.

Should he, or shouldn’t he? Does Gaskin, a junior with three seasons of impeccable performance with the Huskies, declare for the NFL draft by Monday’s deadline to do so? Or does he return to Washington for his senior year, with a chance to certify himself as the greatest back in school history?

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Talk about agonizing choices. At times, the answer seems clear and unimpeachable: No way should Gaskin risk an injury that would sabotage his draft stock next year. No way should he subject his body to the wear and tear of another college season when the shelf life of a running back is notoriously short, and each brutal hit curtails it.

But an equally compelling case can be made for the other side of that debate, and the longer he delays his announcement, you wonder if Gaskin is weighing it heavily. And while I would never presume to tell Gaskin what to do — this is his life, and he deserves respect and an absence of second-guessing for whatever decision he renders — I think it deserves to be heard out, too.

For starters, there’s the stacked running-back class in this year’s draft, regarded to be on par with last year’s equally loaded group. At the top, of course, is Penn State’s Saquon…

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