Former Gonzaga Prep standout Bishop Sankey is now a sophomore at Washington and is competing for a starting role.
Former Gonzaga Prep star Bishop Sankey remains one of the top contenders to replace Chris Polk at Washington. He has a chance to earn the starting job at the Huskies' final scrimmage of the spring this coming Saturday in Seattle.
Sankey is competing with Jessie Callier for the starting job this year. Callier was Polk's backup last season, while Sankey rushed for 187 yards on 28 carries – as a freshman.
So far, the competition between the two hopefuls is making both of them better.
"We're all out here competing and trying to get better, everybody is just bringing their stuff day to day," said Sankey. "Each one of us is watching the other, trying to out-do the other. That's a good thing. Competition is good, especially within the running back group."
Running backs coach Joel Thomas told reporters after Friday's practice that Callier and Sankey are backs "1A and 1B", and he said he would leave it to those there to decide which was which. But he also said Sankey is "starting to become a stronger, more confident tailback."
Whatever happens, it is likely both backs will see generous playing time when the season starts in fall.