Jan. 2, 2012
"Chris had a terrific career at Washington and deserves the opportunity to move on to the next level," Sarkisian said. "We wish him nothing but the best in what I'm sure will be a great professional career."
Polk, a fourth-year junior from Redlands, Calif., has already earned his bachelor's degree in American ethnic studies.
The Huskies' three-time offensive MVP, Polk is one of only two Huskies to rush for 1,000 yards in three seasons. His 2011 total of 1,488 yards ranked second in school history, just ahead of his 2010 tally of 1,415 yards, now third-best. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, he ran for 1,113 yards.
Polk leaves Washington with 4,049 yards on 799 carries over 40 games. He is one of only seven 4,000-yard rushers in Pac-12 history. Polk's yardage total is second-best ever at the school, just 57 yards short of Napoleon Kaufman's school record (4,106). His 799 career carries were a school record, as was his career average of 101.2 yards per game and his 21 career 100-yard games.
"It's been a roller coaster. We've had ups and downs. We've fought through all kinds of adversity," Polk said of his Huskies career. "You know, I wouldn't trade my teammates or my experience for anything. This is the reason I came to college. I am just glad and fortunate and blessed that I was around a bunch of guys and great coaches that really cared and loved for each other, you know?
"It's more than a team. It's a brotherhood. I wouldn't trade them for the world."
Polk earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2011 as he led the Huskies to a second-straight bowl berth.