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September 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Morning links: Bishop Sankey, Huskies off and running

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 has rushed 64 times for 446 yards and four touchdowns in three games. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Bishop Sankey was asked Monday if he was “fired up” for his head-to-head showdown with Arizona star Ka’Deem Carey.

Sankey shrugged.

“Not too much,” UW’s junior running back said. “I haven’t been really thinking about it. He’s a great back, and I respect his game. I’m more worried about his defense. Maybe if he played outside linebacker, I’d be more worried about him.”

Both defenses should be worried entering Saturday’s showdown. Sankey is averaging 148.7 yards through three games, second-best in the nation. Carey, the 2012 rushing king, has 299 yards in two games this season (though he apparently doesn’t quite qualify for leaderboard stats after being suspended for the season opener).

Sankey and Carey aren’t alone. The emergence of Jesse Callier, Dwayne Washington and Deontae Cooper has turned the backfield into a position of great depth, and Arizona has Daniel Jenkins averaging 6.8 yards per carry as Carey’s backup.

And with rain in the forecast Saturday, we should see a lot of Carey … and carries for everyone else.

Elsewhere:

—- UW coaches don’t want to limit John Ross‘ play-making in the return game, but he can’t continue to drop the ball, either.

—- Some buzz that these will debut at Husky Stadium on Saturday.

—- The ESPN bloggers with their Pac-12 picks of the week. They both like UW against Arizona.

—- SI.com’s Stewart Mandel likes the Huskies big, too.

—- Arizona DE Dan Pettinato is expected to return from an ACL injury on Saturday. WR David Richards is also probable for the Wildcats.

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