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2015 NFL DRAFT

Chris Polk, RB

School: Washington  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Redlands, CA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 215 lbs.
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04/23/2012 - Teams such as Denver, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and the New York Giants could view Polk as a nice change-of-pace back who can also play on third down because of his natural catching ability. "Me, personally, I just sees passes as an extended carry," Polk said. "I'm not going to fumble the ball, and I'm not going to drop any passes. Just come my way and trust in me, and I'll get the job done." Polk finished with 79 catches for 683 yards and four touchdowns during his UW career. In his final Huskies season, Polk rushed for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns on 293 carries, averaging 5.1 yards a carry with one fumble. "I'm versatile," Polk said. "I can do it all. I can run, block and catch - all of that. It's just a matter of me executing my technique rather than relying on just the physical abilities, and just staying mentally attuned to my technique and staying fundamentally sound." And that relentless running style? "It just comes from your desire because every time I touch the ball, I'm thinking touchdown," he said. "It may not make sense, but I love hitting - but I hate being tackled. "Every time I'm tackled - whether it's by being put on my back or an ankle tackle - I just get mad. I get down. I just get angry. I just want to keep running and running until I reach that end zone." - Eric D. Williams, The Olympian Online

04/09/2012 - The last time the Bengals drafted a running back from the University of Washington, things ended up working out pretty well on the field as Corey Dillon became the franchise's career rushing leader. In a running back class where there is a big group jockeying for position behind Alabama's Trent Richardson, one player that could be intriguing is Chris Polk. At Washington, Polk had the second-most rushing yards in school history and was the seventh player in Pac 12 history to rush for over 4,000 yards. That feat is bigger considering that the Huskies haven't had an offensive lineman drafted since 2006. During Washington's Pro Day last month, Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson conducted the position drills and Polk had an interview with the Bengals during the Scouting Combine. With less than three weeks before the NFL Draft, Polk said he hasn't paid much attention to running back rankings, which have him going anywhere from the second to the fourth round. "You never really know what teams are thinking and how the draft will go," he said. "Plus most of the rankings are just people's opinions." With team visits over the next couple weeks, Polk is happy with the progress he has made. At Washington, he was part of a winless team as a redshirt freshman and saw the Huskies go to a bowl game the past two seasons. "I'm just continuing to make progress. I went through a lot of stuff at Washington but I'm happy where things are," he said. "The main thing now is to watch every little thing but to show teams how passionate I am and how much I love football." - Joe Reedy, Cincinnati.com

03/08/2012 - A year ago it was quarterback Jake Locker whose impressive Pro Day workout at the University of Washington served as a springboard from which he boosted his mercurial stock all the way to the No. 8 pick in the 2011 NFL draft. This year it is running back Chris Polk who likely boosted his stock with scouts with an impressive all-around performance Thursday in front of scouts and position coaches from roughly half of the teams in the NFL. Ironically enough, he did so with Locker watching, as the Titans' 2011 first round pick returned to Washington to throw passes to Polk, wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar and fullback Dorson Boyce. Polk measured in at 5-10 (1/2) and 212 pounds, three pounds lighter than he'd weighed at the Combine and 12 pounds lighter than he was at the Senior Bowl. The loss of weight was noticeable in the running back's time in the 40-yard dash and his explosiveness in positional drills. Polk was credited with an "official" 4.57 second time at the Combine but came in at between 4.45-4.49 in his first attempt and 4.48-4.51 in his second. Polk also posted 16 reps on the bench press. He caught passes out of the backfield, demonstrating the soft, reliable hands and route-running ability that I believe is his most underrated quality and why the Washington running back remains in the hunt (along with Boise State's Doug Martin, Virginia Tech's David Wilson and Miami's Lamar Miller) to be the second back selected in the 2012 draft. Only Alabama's Trent Richardson, the consensus top-rated back, is viewed as a surefire first round pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/21/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, PLAYERS WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: Chris Polk, RB, Washington: After a mediocre showing at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Polk needs to show he has the necessary athleticism to be productive at the next level. Going through the short shuttle, three-cone and other agility drills will help answer questions about his natural burst and body fluidity to quickly change direction. After Alabama's Trent Richardson, the running back class is wide open, and Polk will have every opportunity to jump into the top 40. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/19/2012 - Lost amid the clutter of the NFL's release that a record 65 underclassmen were granted special eligibility for the 2012 draft was the announcement from the Senior Bowl that ten Pac-12 players were invited to participate in the preeminent senior all-star game in the land. Among the ten was a surprise -- University of Washington running back Chris Polk, who had been characterized by the Huskies and the NCAA as a whole to this point as a junior. It had been presumed that Polk, who missed all but the first two games of the 2008 season due to injury, had taken a medical redshirt. As it turns out, Polk did not apply for a redshirt and thus, exhausted his eligibility once the Huskies lost to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. "We made sure that we followed proper protocol before we invited Chris and that entailed getting everything cleared through the NFL and Coach Sarkisian at the University of Washington," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "Once it was determined that Chris had exhausted his eligibility at Washington there was no question we wanted him on our roster. He is an excellent player and has a bright future in the National Football League." Polk was not among the 65 underclassmen granted special eligibility by the NFL for the 2012 draft. Polk's addition to the Senior Bowl roster is a significant one. Ranked as the No. 4 running back in the 2012 draft class by NFLDraftScout.com, Polk leaves Washington having rushed for 4,049 yards - the second most in school history behind Napoleon Kaufman, a first round pick by the Raiders in 1995. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2012 - Polk's 799 career carries and average 101.2 rushing yards per game are school records. Polk is a strong interior runner who has the burst to get through the line and the power to break tackles. He's not a naturally explosive outside runner, and is primarily a North-South runner who has good vision for cutback lanes. Polk lacks true breakaway speed, but has plenty of speed to rip off yards in chunks. He doesn't get caught from behind often. Coaches will value Polk's willingness and competency as a blocker as well. Like most college backs, he has to work on his technique, but Polk doesn't shy away from oncoming blitzers. Polk also increased his versatiliy by becoming far more involved in the Huskies' passing attack in 2012. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

01/03/2012 - Fourth-year junior running back Chris Polk is leaving the University of Washington a year early to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. "Chris had a terrific career at Washington and deserves the opportunity to move on to the next level," Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. "We wish him nothing but the best in what I'm sure will be a great professional career." Polk is the No. 4 running back eligible for the 2012 draft and the No. 56 overall prospect, according to NFLDraftScout.com, behind only Alabama's Trent Richardson, Miami's Lamar Miller and David Wilson from Virginia Tech. All are underclassmen, with Miller already declaring his intention to enter the draft. Richardson and Wilson have yet to play their bowl games. Polk, who has already earned his bachelor's degree in American ethnic studies, leaves as the second all-time leading rusher in Huskies history with 4,049 yards in 40 games. He is behind only Napoleon Kaufman (4,106) on the school's career rushing list. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

01/02/2012 - Washington running back Chris Polk will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Polk and the school made the expected announcement Monday. He'll leave Washington as No. 2 on the career yards rushing list with 4,049, trailing only Napoleon Kaufman. Polk holds the career school records for carries (799), average per game (101.2) and 100-yard games (21). He also had the second-best rushing game in school history in the 2010 Apple Cup against Washington State when he ran for 284 yards. The 222-pound back finished his career with 147 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown against Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian says Polk "deserves the opportunity to move on to the next level." - AP Sports

12/29/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Chris Polk tied a UW school record with his third straight 1,000-yard season and also was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, the only Husky to make that list. He's rushed for 100 or more yards nine times this season, and did so in all but one of UW's seven wins. With the Huskies looking for any way to slow down Baylor's offense in the Alamo Bowl, it would be a natural to think they'd try to ride Polk and control the clock. - The Sports Xchange

12/29/2011 - Scouting the Washington running game: UW's running game this year revolved almost solely around junior tailback Chris Polk, who had 263 of the team's 415 rushing attempts this season, and 1,341 of the team's 1,824 yards. While he had a few big runs, he's known as more of a punishing, between-the-tackles runner. UW went into the season hoping that QB Keith Price would be able to run at times in zone read and other similar sets. But knee injuries prevented him from doing much running this year and he didn't have a carry longer than 13 yards all season. Backup TBs Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey have been effective in spot duty but have combined for just 73 carries all season and UW gets little running out of its fullback spot. - The Sports Xchange

12/28/2011 - At his request, Polk was graded by the NFL draft advisory board to estimate which rounds he is most likely to be taken in the April draft, although he has not seen the information. "Chris and his family and myself have a tough decision to make after this game," Sarkisian said. "This is a business decision. This isn't a matter of what feels fun or what feels right. He's earned his degree and played great football for us. "Now the question is, ???Is this the right draft for me?' and ???Am I projected in the right spot to do what I know I'm capable of doing?' and ???Could I benefit more and could I improve more by coming back next season and what might the draft look like next year?' It's not about emotion or taking a certain number of carries." Sarkisian will claim to be objective, but he has a rooting interest in Polk's return to a good offense with only a few graduation holes. He can enhance his chances Thursday by getting the ball to Polk in the open field, to showcase his considerable talents as a receiver, and by demonstrating the efficiency operating the full UW playbook under a healthy Keith Price at quarterback. With 29 receptions, Polk was Washington's fifth-leading receiver, averaging 11.2 yards per catch with four TDs, including a 70-yarder, the UW's longest of the season. Sarkisian has nothing to lose by playing the card of Polk piling up yards in 2012 as an all-purpose back in a more versatile offense. - Art Thiel, SportsPress Northwest

12/10/2011 - Earning a second consecutive bowl invitation not only afforded the University of Washington football team an extra month of practice, it also guaranteed that junior running back Chris Polk has not played his final game as a Husky. Polk, a fourth-year junior who already has walked through graduation ceremonies, will have a big decision to make after the Huskies play Baylor in the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl. He said Friday that he has not yet given serious consideration to whether or not he'll turn pro early, even though the deadline arrives shortly after the bowl game. "I actually haven't really thought of that because that wouldn't be fair to my teammates or my coaches and all the fans to have my mind elsewhere," he said. "Right now, I'm just thinking about Baylor and thinking about this bowl game. I think my decision process will probably set in after the bowl game, but as of right now, I'm not even worried about that." What Polk would say Friday is that his own readiness will be a bigger factor than any draft projections. He went as far as to say that it didn't matter to him whether he was considered a first-round pick or a fifth-round choice. "It doesn't matter to me because who's the person telling me?" he said. "You never know what these coaches are thinking or GMs are thinking. Rounds, it's just a prediction. It's not true or false or whatever. It's important not to just go off that." - Scott M. Johnson, HeraldNet

11/10/2011 - A large image of Washington running back Chris Polk is on display just outside the Husky Hall of Fame in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. It seems inevitable that picture will be moved behind the glass doors of the Hall of Fame after Polk leaves. Just when Polk, a redshirt junior, exits is one of two pressing questions surrounding him. The other is whether he will topple Napoleon Kaufman's school rushing record of 4,106 yards before departing. The answer to each is unclear as he heads home to Southern California this weekend for perhaps the final time as a Husky when Washington faces 18th-ranked USC. Sitting with his shin wrapped in ice following a record-setting performance against Arizona two weeks ago, Polk had plenty to talk about. He gave much credit for his five touchdowns to the offensive line. He referenced his high school receiving skills when explaining how he became the first Husky with 100 yards rushing and receiving in one game. Oh, and it came as he scored five total touchdowns that night in Washington's 42-31 win over the Wildcats. "It doesn't mean nothing if it doesn't come with a win," Polk said after the win. "I really didn't even know I scored that much or that I did all those things today, but you know the win, that means the most to me." Also high on the priority list is chasing down Kaufman's record, set from 1991-94. Whether Polk does will have influence on his decision to declare for the NFL draft or return to Washington in 2012. - AP Sports

10/31/2011 - WEEK 9 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington tailback Chris Polk, a junior from Redlands, Calif., broke or tied a number of school records in the Huskies' 42-31 win over Arizona. Polk became the first player in Washington history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. He finished the night with 144 yards on 34 carries and an additional 100 yards on four receptions. Polk scored five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) to tie the UW modern school record for touchdowns in a game. Additionally, he notched his 18th career 100-yard rushing game to set a new record. Polk joined Napoleon Kaufman as one of just two players in Washington history to rush for 1,000 yards in three seasons as he broke through the mark on Saturday. Also Nominated (Offense): Cameron Marshall, ASU; Tony Clemons, COLO; Andrew Luck, STAN; Kevin Prince, UCLA; Curtis McNeal, USC; John White, UTAH. - Pac-12 football

10/30/2011 - Chris Polk scored five touchdowns and became the first player in Washington history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game as the Huskies rallied for a 42-31 over Arizona on Saturday night. Washington (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) withstood another crazy play in the series with the Wildcats-a bobbled pass that was intercepted and returned 91 yards for a touchdown by Robert Golden-and another night of shoddy defense to become bowl eligible for the second straight season. Polk finished with 144 yards rushing on 34 carries and 100 yards receiving. He scored on touchdown runs of 1, 1, 5 and 2 yards and had a 17-yard TD reception from Keith Price. Polk's 5-yard scamper with 8:21 left gave Washington the lead, and he pushed the advantage to 11 with 3:59 left when he high-stepped in from the 2. Nick Foles threw for 388 yards for the Wildcats (2-6, 1-5) but couldn't do enough to counter Polk's monster night. Foles finished 32 of 50 passing, and receiver Juron Criner had 11 catches for 118 yards and touchdowns of 24 and 9 yards. But any Arizona rally and hope of a second straight win under interim coach Tim Kish was dashed when Sean Parker picked off Foles at the Washington 20 with 2:10 left. Foles was intercepted for a third time with 29 seconds left by Washington's Cort Dennison. - AP Sports

10/02/2011 - Keith Price threw three touchdown passes, Chris Polk rushed for 189 yards to surpass 3,000 in his career and Washington cruised to a 31-14 victory over Utah on Saturday. The Huskies (4-1, 2-0) forced five turnovers by Utah (2-2, 0-2), including a fumble on the opening kickoff that Jamaal Kearse returned 18 yards for a touchdown. Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn did not play in the second half due to an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He finished 12 of 17 for 149 yards with a touchdown and interception. Jon Hays, who had previously thrown one major-college pass, was intercepted on his second attempt Saturday. He fumbled in the fourth quarter before tossing a last-minute 4-yard TD pass to Dallin Rogers. Price was 22 of 30 for 226 yards. He has 17 touchdown passes this season. - AP Sports

09/16/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: The passing game. A week after Washington didn't have a single completion longer than 10 yards it averaged 17.5 yards on 18 completions with a long of 59 and another of 47. The special teams again were a huge factor in the victory, as the Huskies dominated overall. Washington blocked two extra points, returning one for two points, and also stopped a two-point conversion while also getting a 53-yard kickoff return to set up a score. Led by Chris Polk, the Huskies have been solid running the ball, averaging 149.5 yards per game, while holding opponents to 43.0. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Huskies opened up the playbook last Saturday against Hawaii as Keith Price threw four touchdown passes as UW beat the Warriors 40-32. UW had eight passes of longer than 10 yards after having had none in the opener against Eastern Washington. The Huskies obviously revolved around Jake Locker when UW and Nebraska met twice last year. UW had success in the Holiday Bowl, however, with an attack that focused on running back Chris Polk, who had 177 yards. This may be a game where the Huskies turn heavily again to Polk to set up the pass. But the Huskies also have shown they have more receiving weapons than a year ago, especially with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who caught three passes for 91 yards and a crucial late touchdown against Hawaii. This game will also be a big test for UW's youthful offensive line, which has two true sophomores and a redshirt freshman starting. Polk now has 13 career 100-yard rushing games which is third-most in UW history behind Napoleon Kaufman with 17 and Greg Lewis with 15. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Washington at Nebraska, Sept. 17 Two teams will play for the third time in the last year. This will be the rubber match after Nebraska won a regular-season contest last September in Seattle while the Huskies won a Holiday Bowl rematch. KEYS TO THE GAME: Hold down turnovers. UW has a 6-1 edge in turnovers this year, the only turnover an interception by Keith Price that was returned for a touchdown by Hawaii. The Huskies will need at least a push in the turnover margin to beat Nebraska. Plug the middle The real key to the Holiday Bowl win was the play of UW's front seven, which dominated up front and held Nebraska to 91 yards rushing on 41 attempts, a stark contrast to the 383 Nebraska had in the first game a year ago. UW can't let Nebraska again run wild. Hit some big plays UW completed just 9 of 36 passes against Nebraska in two games a year ago. But Nebraska isn't as good in the secondary this year and the Huskies should be better at receiver, with more varied options. UW needs to hit a few passes to open up the defense and allow for Chris Polk to run. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Chris Polk - The junior shook off a pre-season knee injury to rush for 125 yards against Eastern. He again got a lot of his yards after contact and he may have to work solo a lot again this week as Hawaii has a strong and athletic front seven that kept Colorado's Rodney Stewart in check last week. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: UW scored 30 points against Eastern Washington but it was a little deceiving as the Huskies had just 250 yards, scoring two touchdowns on short drives set up by fumbled punts. UW will have to be more aggressive in this game after failing to complete a pass for longer than 10 yards against the Eagles. Running back Chris Polk returned from injury and was his usual solid self with 125 yards on 23 carries - the only consistent offense the Huskies had. UW will no doubt try to ride him this week to control the clock and keep the Hawaii offense off the field. Also expect UW to try to get true frosh WR Kasen Williams and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins more involved. And UW will also need to get better protection from an offensive line that struggled at times to protect quarterback Keith Price, who mostly relied on the short passing game against Eastern. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2011 - Desmond Trufant intercepted Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell in the end zone with 29 seconds left and Washington survived for a 30-27 win on Saturday against the defending FCS national champions. Mitchell had driven the Eagles from their own 5 to the Washington 25 with 41 seconds left. After an incompletion, Mitchell tried to force a pass to Brandon Kaufman and Trufant won the jump ball, wrestling it away from Kaufman as the pair hit the purple turf and creating a giant exhale from the 58,000 in attendance. Washington quarterback Keith Price tossed a trio of touchdown passes in the first home start of his career and Chris Polk ran for 125 yards less than three weeks after having minor knee surgery. Mitchell finished 39 of 69 for 473 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions. - AP Sports

08/30/2011 - Whether the Huskies have their full assortment of starters for Saturday's matchup is still to be determined. Starting running back Chris Polk, coming off the second-best rushing season in school history, had his knee scoped less than two weeks ago to clean up meniscus damage. Sarkisian said Monday that he hopes at least a decision is made internally by midweek as to if Polk will be able to go. Last season, Polk ran for 1,415 yards and had 284 yards rushing in the Huskies' Apple Cup victory over Washington State that sent Washington to a bowl game for the first time in eight years. If Polk can't play against the Eagles, sophomore Jesse Callier would likely get the start. But concerns about depth at running back extend beyond Polk with backup Johri Fogerson nursing a hip flexor injury and also a question mark for Saturday. - AP Sports

08/29/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: RB Chris Polk - With the Huskies breaking in a new quarterback, the team needs Polk to provide a stabilizing force on offense. The junior rushed for 1,415 yards last season as a sophomore and provided most of the offense in late wins against Washington State and Nebraska. UW also has uncertain depth, so keeping Polk healthy is critical. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - Year three of the Steve Sarkisian era at Washington begins without Jake Locker, but with the hope of picking up where the Locker-led 2010 team left off. Locker and crew finished 7-6 last season, winning the last four, capped by a 19-7 win over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl and what UW fans hope is a return to the kind of consistent winning ways the program enjoyed during the Don James-Jim Lambright-Rick Neuheisel era. Sarkisian thinks that's the case, noting that while Locker may be gone, 16 other starters return, making it what he says is the most complete and athletic team he's had at UW. "I love where we're headed,'' he said. "I think we've got a football team that you saw at the end of last season starting to play a brand of football that we believe in. That is one that is physical and believes in running the football and playing sound defense.'' Indeed, UW rushed for an average of 236.25 yards per game during the season-ending four-game winning streak while holding foes to an average of 13.75 points. Junior Chris Polk (1,415 yards last season) is back to power the running game, while eight starters return on the defense led by senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu, whose dominance up front was a key to the win over Nebraska. - The Sports Xchange

08/19/2011 - Washington star running back Chris Polk could be out for a couple of weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on Thursday morning to clean up the meniscus in his knee. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian made the announcement after practice Thursday evening. Polk was walking around at practice without needing crutches. Sarkisian didn't rule out Polk possibly playing in the Huskies season opener on Sept. 3 at home against defending FCS national champion Eastern Washington, but said this was the best time to have the procedure done. "We don't know. It depends on his body and how he recovers," Sarkisian said. "But I think for the long haul of this thing it was the right thing to do."

08/15/2011 - Using the 20-20 vision that hindsight provides, Chris Polk can see now that he made one of the best decisions of his life in Dec. 2007. A year later, he nearly made one of his worst. After backing out of a verbal commitment he made to mighty USC in 2007 to accept an offer from the struggling University of Washington football program, Polk spent much of his freshman year in a state of misery. He hurt his foot early in the 2008 season opener, watched from the sidelines as the Huskies struggled to an 0-12 record, and somewhere along the line Polk decided he was finished. He was ready to quit, and not just being a part of the Huskies. "I mean giving up football," he said last week with a straight face. Two record-setting seasons later, with his name appearing on several preseason watch lists for the Heisman Trophy, Polk realizes that would have been a mistake. "I prayed on it, I talked to my mom, and I realized I came here for a reason," Polk said last Wednesday from the practice field at Husky Stadium. "I'm glad because it turned out for the best. Sarkisian and running backs coach Joel Thomas marvel at where Polk was two-and-a-half years ago, especially when they compare that kid to the young man that is with them now. "The thought that he's already been able to walk for graduation," Sarkisian said while shaking his head with pride. "Forget the 1,000-yard seasons. He's really changed. And that, as a coach, is why we do what we do: to inspire young men and to watch them go on and do great things. He's been awesome. He's been great." - Scott M. Johnson, The Kitsap Sun

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Polk, RB, Washington, Junior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Polk has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Last year, he ran for 1,415 yards, second most in Husky history, and enters his junior season sixth on the Huskies' all-time rushing list.

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Polk (Jr.), Washington, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Polk, a junior from Redlands, Calif., has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Last year, he ran for 1,415 yards, second most in Husky history, and enters his junior season sixth on the Huskies' all-time rushing list. Already this summer, Polk has earned mention on several watch lists, as well as preseason All-Pac-12 and All-America teams. He's one of only three Huskies ever to rush for 1,000 or more yards in two different seasons (Napoleon Kaufman and Greg Lewis are the others) and the only one to have accomplished that as a freshman and sophomore. - Washington football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Polk, Washington, RB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Polk, a junior from Redlands, Calif., has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Last year, he ran for 1,415 yards, second most in Husky history, and enters his junior season sixth on the Huskies' all-time rushing list. - Washington football

06/04/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: RB Chris Polk - The second-leading rusher in the Pac-10 last year behind only Oregon's LaMichael James, he will be looked upon as the leader of the Washington offense this year with QB Jake Locker having graduated. After rushing for 1,415 yards last season, second most in school history, he could challenge for 1,500 or more in 2011. - The Sports Xchange

06/04/2011 - STARS OF 2011: RB Chris Polk is the first running back in UW history to record 1,000-yard season in each of his first two years, and his 1,415 last year was second in school history behind Corey Dillon's 1,695 in 1996. Polk, who redshirted in 2008, debated turning pro before deciding to return, likely for just one more season. He provides a proven weapon in the backfield as UW breaks in a new quarterback. - The Sports Xchange

06/04/2011 - BUILDING BLOCKS: The strength of the Huskies this season offensively could be a running game led by Chris Polk, a receiving corps that should be among the best in the Pac-12, and a defense that could improve rapidly if it stays on the course of last season. Polk rushed for 1,415 yards, and will look to better that total this year behind a line that returns four players who started significantly in 2010. The Huskies will hope to use that rushing attack to take pressure off the new quarterback. When UW does throw, however, whoever is the QB will have one of the better receiving corps in the Pac-10 at his disposal, lead by seniors Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. And the defense, which includes most of the significant players on the front four and secondary, could be much improved, building off the momentum of the 19-7 win over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/23/2012 - Teams such as Denver, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and the New York Giants could view Polk as a nice change-of-pace back who can also play on third down because of his natural catching ability. "Me, personally, I just sees passes as an extended carry," Polk said. "I'm not going to fumble the ball, and I'm not going to drop any passes. Just come my way and trust in me, and I'll get the job done." Polk finished with 79 catches for 683 yards and four touchdowns during his UW career. In his final Huskies season, Polk rushed for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns on 293 carries, averaging 5.1 yards a carry with one fumble. "I'm versatile," Polk said. "I can do it all. I can run, block and catch - all of that. It's just a matter of me executing my technique rather than relying on just the physical abilities, and just staying mentally attuned to my technique and staying fundamentally sound." And that relentless running style? "It just comes from your desire because every time I touch the ball, I'm thinking touchdown," he said. "It may not make sense, but I love hitting - but I hate being tackled. "Every time I'm tackled - whether it's by being put on my back or an ankle tackle - I just get mad. I get down. I just get angry. I just want to keep running and running until I reach that end zone." - Eric D. Williams, The Olympian Online

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