By Brent Stecker
Record-setting Washington running back Bishop Sankey will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a tweet from ESPN national college football reporter Joe Schad.
“The time is right,” Sankey said, according to Schad. “I’ve proven what I needed to prove. I have to look at the position I play and the number of carries.”
Washington running back Bishop Sankey, who rushed for a school-record 1,870 yards in 2013, will join teammate Austin Seferian-Jenkins in foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad. (AP)
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Sankey, a graduate of Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep High School, set the Washington record for most rushing yards in a season (1,870) and career touchdowns (37) in 2013. His rushing total is third in the FBS this season, and his 20 rushing touchdowns are tied for fifth.
Sankey was one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award in 2013, given annually to the best running back in the nation. He also was named second-team All-America by both the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and third-team by Athlon. He was selected first team All-Pac-12, and second team Academic All-Pac-12.
Sankey is the third-ranked running back for the 2014 draft on NFLDraftScout.com, and 54th-ranked player overall. He is projected to be a second-round pick.
Sankey will join tight end and teammate Austin Seferian-Jenkins as Huskies foregoing their senior seasons to enter the draft. Seferian-Jenkins, this season’s John Mackey Award winner, announced he would enter the draft during post-game interviews after Washington’s Fight Hunger Bowl win Friday over BYU.