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Following a banner junior season in which he became the single-season rushing leader at Washington, Sankey is expected to be one of the first running backs off the board. A second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 selection, Sankey ran for 1,870 yards and scored 20 touchdowns - including at least one score every game. As a sophomore, Sankey became a starter in the second game of the season and finished with 1,439 yards and 16 TDs. He was named the MVP of the 2012 MAACO Bowl after running for a bowl-record 205 yards and a score against Boise State. Sankey opted not to return for his senior year at Washington after rushing for 95 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl in December. Sankey showcased his strength and athleticism at the NFL combine in February, ranking second among running backs with 26 reps on the bench and fourth with a 126-inch broad jump. He also displayed exceptional agility by running the three-cone drill in 6.5 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.0 seconds to lead all running backs in both events. Scouts like his vision and the fact that he played in a pro-style offense at Washington, though some question his size, pass-blocking and whether he'll be able to break tackles at the next level. Sankey did not miss a game for the Huskies while shouldering 653 touches over his final two seasons. With his striking similarities to Cincinnati's Giovani Bernard, Sankey is widely considered a promising all-purpose back who could go as high as the second round.
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