Chris Polk leaving Washington for NFL draft
By Brady Henderson
Washington running back Chris Polk will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft, coach Steve Sarkisian announced Monday.
Polk, a fourth-year junior, leaves as the school’s second leading rusher, 57 yards short of Napoleon Kaufman’s career record of 4,106.
“Chris had a terrific career at Washington and deserves the opportunity to move on to the next level,” Sarkisian said. “We wish him nothing but the best in what I’m sure will be a great professional career.”
Polk’s decision to enter the draft doesn’t come as much of a surprise. He flirted with the idea after last season but decided to return to Washington. He said he was “50-50” on whether to return before last week’s Alamo Bowl, but the prevailing thought was that he was set to play his last game as a Husky.
NFLDraftScout.com and ESPN.com rate Polk as the fourth best running back in the nation. He is projected to be drafted as high as the second round.