Sedentary at 2-0, the #17 Washington Huskies have defeated Boise State (2-1) and Illinois (2-1). They have been aided in their wins by junior running back Bishop Sankey, who at this time sits as the nation’s top rusher with 184.5 yards per game. This comes 20.2 yards each game greater than the No. 2 runner, Rutgers Paul James at 164.3.
But his good play hasn’t just transpired this season: over his seven preceding games, Sankey has run for 1,142 yards (a 163-yard average per game). He has also rushed for 100 yards or greater in six of his last seven games with 200 yards from his last three.
Thanks to this good play, the Huskies sit at No. 4 nationally for total offense from 603.5 yards each game.
In his latest game against Illinois, Sankey had a career-high day with his 35 carries for 208 yards.
The low-key player just shakes off the big numbers and said after his recent game via Seattle Times, “I’m just happy with what we’ve done and how we’re continuing with our success in the ground game. You can’t really worry about external stuff. Sometimes that’s more of a distraction than anything. I just try to stay focused and try to play within myself.”
Sankey is continuing to close in on the Huskies’ records list and he is exploding onto the national scene. Could the 5’10″ player become a Heisman contender? For now, he’s not on the list but Louisville Teddy Bridgewater sits at the top (4/1) with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota both at 13/2 nipping at his heels.
This week, Washington will look for a 3-0 start when it hosts Idaho State (2-0).
Idaho State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Idaho State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games at home