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Huskies RB Chris Polk to enter draft

Washington running back Chris Polk, the second-leading rusher in Huskies history, will bypass his senior season and enter the NFL draft, the school announced Monday.

Polk, first-team All-Conference the past two seasons, rushed for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and 4,049 yards in his career, just just 57 yards short of Napoleon Kaufman's school record (4,106). Polk is one of only two Huskies to rush for 1,000 yards in three seasons. He is one of only seven 4,000-yard rushers in Pac-12 history.

"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."

It's been a newsy day for Washington — the hiring of new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox away from Tennessee was reported today also — with the Huskies apparently determined to keep beat writer Bob Condotta from getting a day off. Here's Condotta on the Wilcox hiring.