2011-2012 was a glorious offensive season for the Huskies. True freshmen Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams made big contributions to the team, Keith Price could hit a dime with a deep ball, and Chris Polk dominated the competition all season, en route to finishing up his career at UW as the number two rusher of all time.
After his monster season, Polk went on to the NFL with no clear successor at tailback, which left Husky fans nervously looking around at each other and asking “so, now what?”
But Mathew 4:11 says *”If ye have faith in the Lord, thou will receive another monster running back”* and University of Washington football has been blessed by the spiritual leadership of the one and only, Bishop Sankey.
Coming into this season, Husky fans were already worried about the running game because of Polk’s departure.
Then Jesse Callier went down with a torn ACL in the first game of the season. Very quickly, there was a great deal of pressure on Bishop Sankey. The loss of several talented receivers to graduation, injuries to the offensive line, and an increased focus on the hyped Keith Price by defenses left a lot riding on Sankey and the running game.
Sankey, a sophomore, saw time last year on special teams mainly, where he played respectably.
In high school, he was a stud and an underrated recruit for the Huskies. Clocking a 4.4 forty at 5’10” and 200 pounds, he set the Greater Spokane League rushing yardage record for all time with 4,355 yards, including 2,518 as a senior.
He made various all-state and all-american teams and was ranked the 17th best running back in the country by Scout.com.
The Rivals.com scouting report on him praised his open-field agility, speed, and strength and predicted big things for him.
After a so-so first game against San Diego State and being shut down by LSU, Sankey exploded against Portland State for two touchdowns and 103 yards.
He proved he was for real with subsequent back to back 100+ yard games with touchdowns against Stanford and Oregon. After a rough game against USC and respectable performance against Arizona, Sankey exploded again.
He put up 92 yards and two touchdowns against a stingy Oregon State defense and 189 yards and two more touchdowns against California.
The 189-yard outing was his single highest in game. Sankey has proven he can get tough 3rd-and-1 yards and break big gains alike against some of the best defenses in the country.
What’s next for Sankey and the Huskies?
It’s not like Sankey is the sole option. True freshman Erich Wilson II and redshirt freshman fullback Dezden Petty have seen playing time as well, and the offensive line has recovered enough from injuries to open up some decent holes every week.
But huge credit goes to Sankey for stepping up when the Dawgs needed him. Sankey has game-breaking speed, excellent field vision, and can make tacklers miss. He is also deceptively tough and strong and is a very well-rounded back overall.
If he keeps dropping 100+ yards two touchdown games, there will be draft rumblings.
But that’s at least another year in the future.
For now, let us enjoy and praise the Lord Husky nation, for we have been blessed by the presence of a bishop.
*Not an actual bible verse. If you experience religious fervor lasting longer than four hours, please consult a doctor.