Chris Polk leaving Washington for NFL draft

Jan 2, 2012, 11:34 AM | Updated: 11:44 am

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.

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