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Bishop Sankey gaining traction for the Huskies

After a breakout game against Cal on Friday night, the sophomore running back is emerging as force in the Huskies' backfield.

Otto Greule Jr

Washington Huskies sophomore running back Bishop Sankey is making a name for himself after replacing the departed Chris Polk in the team's backfield, according to Todd Dybas of The Seattle News Tribune.

Sankey, who wasn't expected to be the Huskies' primary back coming into fall camp, has found himself in the starting role after junior running back Jesse Callier went down for the season with a torn ACL in the team's season-opening 21-12 win over San Diego State. He's made the most of the opportunity, rushing for 855 yards and 11 touchdowns on 176 carries, including a breakout performance in Friday's game against the Cal Bears, in which he rushed for a career-high 189 yards.

Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian is gaining confidence in the 5'10" running back's abilities.

"I don't know if I would have thought coming into the season, ‘Bishop Sankey can carry the ball 30 times a night,' " Sarkisian told The News Tribune. "I didn't know if (he) was built in that way. But he really is. He doesn't take a lot of head-on shots. He does a nice job bouncing off tacklers."

Washington will play host to the Utah Utes on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.