When fall camp opened, University of Washington offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb offered some specific ground rules for how he and the coaching staff would choose a starting running back."Whoever is available, dependable and durable," he said.Four weeks later, the Huskies head into their season opener against Kent State on Saturday night with Virginia transfer Wayne Taulapapa firmly entrenched as the No. 1 back, Derek Watt Jersey as well as a team captain.However, similar to new UW starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr.the Indiana transfer who came to Seattle after suffering four season-ending injuries for his Big Ten teamTaulapapa experienced his own set of grief trying to stay healthy and on the field for his Atlantic Coast Conference team.Taulapapa twice had to leave games last season with concu sions, which forced him to mi s two other outings while in safety protocols.In his third game at North Carolina, the 5 Miles Killebrew Jersey -foot-11, 207-pound back from Honolulu, Hawaii, carried the ball twice in a 59-39 defeat.In order, he 1) scored a touchdown; and 2) got knocked out of the game.Late in the opening quarter, Taulapapa came in on a second-and-goal play from the North Carolina 1 and carried the ball into the end zone.Near the end of the half, the Cavaliers summoned him again on Steven Sims Jersey a second-and-goal down from the Tar Heels 8. This time, Taulapapa got hit behind the line for a 3-yard lo s and suffered a concu sion all at once.This team captain sat out the following game against Wake Forest.Scroll to ContinueIn the ninth outing at BYU, Taulapapa carried the ball four times for 32 yards, providing runs of 17, 3, 6 and 6 yards. However, on his final carry, he got hit high and hard, fumbled the ball away and left this game, a 66-49 lo s, with a concu sion, too.Taulapapa mi sed the following game against Notre Dame in concu sion protocol before finishing out the season against Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.Against the Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers Hats it should be noted, Taulapapa ran the ball twice for 11 yards without any trouble, but had an ironic collision in the 48-38 Benny Snell Jr. Jersey setback in Pittsburgh.On his second carry, a first-and-10 run from his own 25, he was pulled down following a 4-yard gainer by Pitt defensive back Brandon Hill and linebacker Cam Bright.Bright is now his UW teammate, fellow portal arrival, starter and co-captain.Taulapapa's next move, of course, is to do his best to remain available, dependable and durable.