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September 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Morning links: NFL scouts taking notice of UW’s Bishop Sankey

Washington's Bishop Sankey leads the FBS with an average of 184.5 yards rushing per game so far this season. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Washington’s Bishop Sankey leads the FBS with an average of 184.5 yards rushing per game so far this season. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Remember that noise early in the week about Bishop Sankey not getting much national recognition, despite being the national leader in rushing?

Well, it’s been replaced by a lot more (positive) noise.

First, from our Larry Stone, who writes that Sankey has been initiated into the small fraternity of elite UW running backs.

A snippet from Stone:

Napoleon Kaufman, Washington’s all-time leading rusher, gushes over Sankey from his vantage point in the Bay Area, where he is senior pastor at The Well Christian Community in Livermore, Calif.

“He reminds me of Emmitt Smith, in that he can do everything well — run, catch, block,’’ said Kaufman. “If I had one word for him, it’s solid.”

Kaufman knows that his career mark of 4,106 yards, which has stood for nearly 20 years, is in serious danger if Sankey decides to come back for his senior year.

Folks outside of Seattle are starting to take notice, too.

Here’s another Emmitt Smith comparison, this from an NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang, who made Sankey his prospect of the week. From Rang:

Frankly, it is the vision, agility and underrated power with which Sankey generates his yardage that was more impressive.

Sankey is a fun back to watch. He’s both decisive and patient, showing the burst to zip through gaps when they are available, but also the awareness to bounce plays outside (or inside) when unexpected holes open. He is very quick and has good balance, showing the ability to slide left or right to elude defenders. Sankey does not appear to have elite straight-line speed but isn’t caught from behind. He’s far from just a finesse back, however. Sankey doesn’t back down from physical challenges, lowering his shoulder and keeping his legs driving through contact to earn the tough yardage and taking on hard-charging pass-rushers in pass protection.

Boasting an all-around game that has earned comparisons to anyone from the legendary Emmitt Smith to Baltimore Ravens’ star Ray Rice, Sankey is beginning to generate a great deal of buzz in the scouting community.

— Our sincerest best wishes to legendary coach Don James as he begins chemotherapy treatment on Monday.

A weekend preview around the Pac-12 from Athlon.

Five questions, five answers on Idaho State.

— A rare all-access look at a top college program, this from the great Bruce Feldman on his week with Texas A&M.

The Pac-12′s rise is one of the surprises of college football so far.

— Please note a slight time change in our weekly live chat today. We’ll start 1 o’clock to avoid overlapping with another chat. After that, I’m taking the kiddos to pick up their new puppy. Yeah, they’re excited.

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