Jan. 14, 2011
SEATTLE - University of Washington tailback Chris Polk confirmed Friday that he will return to the Husky football team for the 2011 season.
Polk, from Redlands, Calif., will be a fourth-year junior in 2011. Because he redshirted his freshman season in 2008, he was eligible to enter the 2011 NFL Draft had he chosen to, despite having just completed his sophomore year. In 2010, he rushed for 1,415 yards, second most in Husky history.
"I thought it would be better for me to stay at the UW," Polk said. "I came here to get a degree and I'm really close to that, so why not finish? I'm not ready to leave the college atmosphere and my teammates just yet.
"We have a young team and a lot of great players coming back," he continued. "I'm really looking forward to next year."
"We're excited to have Chris back for his junior season," UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said. "He's an excellent team leader with tremendous work ethic, and we look forward to watching him accomplish his goals next season."
Polk will enter the 2011 season with 2,561 career yards, already No. 6 on the UW career rushing list. His 260 carries in 2010 were third-most in a season, his 506 career attempts rank eighth and his career average of 94.9 yards per game is the highest ever at Washington. He's just the third Husky back in history to rush for 1,000 yards in two different seasons (joining Greg Lewis and Napoleon Kaufman).
Polk was named the offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl, rushing for 177 yards and a touchdown to lead the UW to a 19-7 win over Nebraska. That performance followed a 284-yard outing in the Apple Cup win over Washington State, the second-highest, single-game total in school history.