SAN FRANCISCO – Washington junior running back Bishop Sankey disclosed Monday he has been evaluated as a potential third-round choice in the next NFL draft and plans to make a decision on whether he’ll return to the Huskies for his senior season after the Fight Hunger Bowl game Friday against Brigham Young.
Sankey, who this year set a Washington season rushing record with 1,775 yards, asked the NFL for a draft evaluation earlier this month. Collegiate juniors are allowed to make such a request without losing their eligibility.
“It’s pretty much what I expected,” Sankey noted of the third-round grade. “I’m going to talk to Coach (Chris) Petersen and to my family after the bowl game and make a decision.”
Lupoi with team
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Monday morning, the Huskies had their first practice in San Francisco in preparation for the bowl game. Joining the team for the workout at the City College of San Francisco was defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, who has been the target of recent allegations of illegal payments made for tutoring a recruit.
Acting Washington coach Marques Tuiasosopo announced Lupoi would retain his normal coaching duties for the bowl game.
Asked if having Lupoi around the team might be a distraction leading into the bowl game, Tuiasosopo assured, “After all the ‘Sark’ stuff (coach Steve Sarkisian taking the USC job earlier this month), nothing’s a distraction.”
Already a winner
Huskies quarterback Keith Price would have paid to see his alma mater, St. John Bosco, play in the California state championship game Saturday. In fact, he did pay.
Price and fellow Bosco alumnus Will Shamburger paid to get the game on Seattle cable, and saw Bosco beat Northern California’s De La Salle 20-14 in a matchup of two nationally ranked teams.
“Great game,” Price said of a championship that has earned him bragging rights among the many Los Angeles-area products on the Huskies roster.
Long time coming
Fight Hunger Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli couldn’t be happier about the Washington-BYU matchup.
“We probably have our best matchup,” Cavalli said of the 12th edition of the bowl.
“This is the fulfillment of a dream on both sides of the ball for us. Every bowl director dreams of a 31-29 game. That’s what we have.”
• As with the San Francisco 49ers, the Fight Hunger Bowl is headed to the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara next season. “We had to move to be competitive,” Cavalli said of a game that will match a Pacific-12 team against a Big Ten rival. “The college bowl landscape is getting crazy.”
• Both teams will be distributing food to the hungry on Christmas Day in San Francisco. The Huskies will be at the Glide Memorial Church, while the Cougars will be at St. Anthony’s.