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UW’s Sankey, Seferian-Jenkins named award finalists

By Brent Stecker

Washington junior Bishop Sankey is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which honors the top college running back each season, while teammate Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a finalist for the John Mackey Award, given each year to the top college tight end.

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Washington’s Bishop Sankey ranks third in the FBS with 1,575 rushing yards this season. (AP)

Sankey has rushed for 1,575 yards (third in the FBS) and 17 touchdowns this season, and with one conference game to go is just 120 yards short of Corey Dillon’s Huskies single-season record of 1,695 yards. He topped 200 yards against both Illinois (208) and Cal (241), and is coming off a 179-yard, three-score performance in a win Saturday over Oregon State.

The other finalists for the Doak Walker Award are Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey (1,559 yards, 16 touchdowns) and Boston College’s Andrew Williams (2,073 yards, 16 touchdowns).

The award winner will be announced Dec. 12.

Seferian-Jenkins, also a junior, has 361 yards and six touchdowns on 31 receptions this season despite missing the first game due to a suspension. Coach Steve Sarkisian has also credited his blocking for helping the team’s running game, which ranks 15th in the FBS at 244.8 yards per game.

The other candidates for the John Mackey Award are North Carolina’s Eric Ebron (50 receptions, 774 yards, eight touchdowns) and Florida State’s Nick O’Leary (27 receptions, 457 yards, seven touchdowns).

The winner will be announced Dec. 11.