After the regular press conference today, UW players were available for a little while longer in more informal sessions.
And that gave reporters a few more chances to ask running back Chris Polk if he’s made any sorts of decisions about his future — not that anyone expected he had yet or would announce it in that setting, but it’s an obvious question that has to be asked.
Polk, as would be expected, didn’t tip his hand either way, saying he’s “50-50” on whether to return next year.
He also said he did submit paper work to get an evaluation from the NFL draft advisory board but that he hasn’t received a grade yet. He also said he has completed all of his course work at UW needed for his undergraduate degree.
As for a timeline, he said: “It’s just after the game, the day after, I have to sit down and talk with my family and really analyze both aspects and both sides of it and do what’s best for me. I know it’s going to be a tough decision. I hope I make the right one.”
You can see the first few minutes of that session in the video that follows, with a few more quotes below:
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On if he’s given any more thought to his future: “I call it a daydream if you will because I’m not really going in depth with it but just the idea that I can leave continues to make that transition. But I still have a game to play and I’m focused on Baylor so that’s where my mind is right now.”
On putting his name in to the NFL for an evaluation: “Yeah I did. I think that’s what it was for. We faxed it. But I didn’t get my grade back yet.”
On his timeline: “It’s just after the game, the day after, I have to sit down and talk with my family and really analyze both aspects and both sides of it and do what’s best for me. I know it’s going to be a tough decision. I hope I make the right one.”
On who he goes to for advice: “Definitely coach (Steve) Sark (Sarkisian) and (running back) coach (Joel) Thomas and the first person I go to is my mom even though she might not know much about the football aspect of it or the business side of it, she’s always there for me and she has never served me wrong. She’s the reason why I’m here and the reason why I’m still playing football and one of the main reasons why I’m successful so I have to thank her, so that’s the first person I talk to. … the saying mother knows best, so I trust her.”
On finishing up his degree: “Just finished up. I really haven’t checked my grades yet but it was good enough to come here. … I’m completely done, I’m done.”
On how big of an opportunity it is to go against Robert Griffin III: “This is a real big stage, not only that we are playing the Heisman Trophy winner but we are also the only game that’s on TV that day, so it’s a big stage for us and we also have a chance to shock the nation because no one expects us to do well or to get blown out or to not even have a chance or to hang with them. So it’s a big opportunity for us and we’ve got to go seize it.”
On why would he come back and what he is weighing: “The (UW career rushing) record for sure and just me as a player feeling like I haven’t played to the best of my ability. I want to be 100 percent overall better and I just feel like I have to play to the peak of my performance before I make that transition.”
On UW’s offense having to try to keep up with Baylor: “We feel like we have to score a lot of points and we’ve just got to keep RGIII off the field. We’ve just got to eat up the clock and be a real possession team and just continue to keep him off the field because he can’t beat us if he’s not on the field. I think that’s one of our goals is to sustain drives.”
On if the offense has ever gotten caught up in feeling the pressure of having to score a lots: “I think as the season has gone on it seems like our games this year like the toughest teams this year we haven’t really played our best football but I believe that we’ve got that fixed so it’s not about them it’s about what we do, so if we play 100 percent assignment sound and do whatever we can and do what we are supposed to do then we shouldn’t have to worry about the score. So we just have to continue to have it be about us and not just worry about what the other offense is doing and just focus on the task at hand.”
On if there is anything new in the UW gameplan: “Not really. We have been running basically the same, we are running the same plays we have been running all year. It’s just going to be more balanced and just get back to the basics and do what we do best.”
On Keith Price’s health: “He’s out there running around again, he’s trying to run with us down field even though he can’t keep up, but he’s feeling good.”
On how beat up Price was at times this year (Price and Polk are roommates): “During the season there were games where he was real beat up where I even had to carry him to the car and drive him to treatment and had to help him elevate his leg in our apartment. We kind of made fun of him because when we seen him jogging we would tell him to go get some empson salt and soak his knees. But he’s good now.”
On how much say his mom will have in his decision: “She would have some say but I would say not a big say. It will come down to what I want and what I think is best for me and basically what would be the better opportunity for me. At the end of the day it is my decision. She can influence but the choice is mind.”
On timeline: “I’ve got to wait. I’m going to have really think about it and really evaluate both sides and see what is best for me because everything that glitters isn’t gold, so. …”
On what he’d do in school if he came back: “I don’t know. Probably get another degree, work on that.”
On if Matt Barkley’s decision to stay means anything in his decision: “Naw, that doesn’t have any influence because we are two different people at two different positions and our opportunity is way different, so right now I’m just a straight shot because I don’t really know what I want do to next. I’d say 50-50 because I haven’t really thought about it. I said earlier, I just like daydream about the whole idea but I haven’t really thought about it yet. It hasn’t really hit me yet.”
On if he’s talked with Price about his future: “I would love to come back and help Keith but if I would happen to leave it would probably be good for Keith because it will make him mature more and make him become a better quarterback because he’s going to have to just really take this team and just really lead it.”