Polk to enter NFL draft

Polk to enter NFL draft

Credit: AP

Washington's Chris Polk (1) is pushed out of bounds by Washington State's Deone Bucannon on a 34-yard gain in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in Seattle. Washington won 38-21.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 3 at 9:51 AM

SEATTLE - Washington tailback Chris Polk has decided to enter his name in the NFL Draft, Husky coach Steve Sarkisian announced Monday

The Huskies' three-time offensive MVP, Polk is one of only two Huskies to rush for 1,000 yards in three seasons. His 2011 total of 1,488 yards ranked second in school history, just ahead of his 2010 tally of 1,415 yards, now third-best. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, he ran for 1,113 yards.

Polk leaves Washington with 4,049 yards on 799 carries over 40 games. His yardage total is second-best ever at the school, just 57 yards short of Napoleon Kaufman's school record (4,106). His 799 career carries were a school record, as was his career average of 101.2 yards per game and his 21 career 100-yard games.

"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, a fourth-year junior from Redlands, Calif., has already earned his bachelor's degree in American ethnic studies.

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