To nobody’s surprise, Washington’s star running back will take his talents to the NFL.
Bishop Sankey, who set the Huskies’ single-season rushing record this year with 1,870 yards and was a Doak Walker Award finalist, will forego his senior season at UW and enter the NFL draft, his father, Chris, confirmed on Monday.
Sankey, a Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) alum, leaves UW as the third-leading rusher in school history, and is tied with George Wilson for the most touchdowns in UW history with 38.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins said after Friday night’s Fight Hunger Bowl victory that he also plans to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Sankey, who was among the nation’s rushing leaders for most of the season and was ranked third nationally heading into UW’s bowl game, finished his career with a 95-yard, two-touchdown performance against BYU. He injured his hand and sat out the fourth quarter.
He broke Corey Dillon’s single-season rushing record (1,695 yards set in 1996) in 12 games, one season after rushing for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns. Sankey also set a single-season record for carries. His 5.4 yards per carry during his UW career ranks fifth-best in school history.
Sankey told reporters last week that he received a third-round grade from the NFL college advisory committee.
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