After his school-record 40-carry, 161-yard performance in Washington’s victory over Arizona on Saturday, Bishop Sankey spent his Sunday lifting weights, stretching, meditating and doing homework.
Down in San Pedro, Calif., Sankey’s dad, grandfather, Albert Sankey, enjoyed the ninth day of a new life with partial vision. He spent Sunday going to church, walking around the block — on his own now — grocery shopping with his son, Chris, and hanging out with the family’s Husky dog, Dino.
This Saturday, he’ll see Bishop play football for the first time since Bishop was in middle school. Even then, Albert mostly saw blurs on the field. A cornea transplant surgery on Sept. 20 changed all that.
“Very successful,” Albert said of the surgery. “It’s getting better every day. … I have somebody else’s eye adjusting to my body. It’s going to take awhile to adjust.”
Bishop has enjoyed family support at games home and away this season. His dad, Chris, attends most games, and his mom, Julie Becker, brought about 20 family and friends to UW’s game against Illinois in Chicago last month.
This weekend will bring someone new and something special for the nation’s rushing leader.
“People take things for granted, but this has truly been one of the most amazing things I’ve seen by far,” said Heidi Sankey, Bishop’s stepmom. “The excitement in his voice and the smile on his face that he will finally get to see his grandson play and be able to see it is nothing short of a miracle.”
—- Sankey gets his first mention in this week’s ESPN’s Heisman watch.
—- Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times says Steve Sarkisian is the “easy answer” for USC.
—- Stanford is back at full strength this week.
—- Stanford sophomore Barry Sanders scored his first touchdown against Washington State, but he’s not moving up the depth chart just yet.
—- An interesting profile of Stanford’s Skov brothers, who are descents of the Ghirardelli chocolatier.
—- The UW offense has respect for the Stanford defense, Christian Caple writes.
—- Video: Previewing UW-Stanford.
—- A segment I did previewing UW-Stanford on the Steve Sandmeyer Show from Tuesday (it’s early in the “hour 2” podcast).
—- Are the Huskies ready for prime time? The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers with their Pac-12 picks of the week.
—- From Scout: Five-star running back Joe Mixon says he had a “good time” on his official visit to UW (premium)