From freelancer Dave Del Grande:
SAN FRANCISCO — Washington junior running back Bishop Sankey disclosed Monday he has been evaluated as a potential third-round pick in the next NFL Draft and plans to make a decision on whether he’ll return to the Huskies for his senior season sometime after Friday’s Fight Hunger Bowl game against Brigham Young.
Sankey, who set a Washington single-season rushing record with 1,775 yards during the regular season, asked the NFL for a draft evaluation earlier this month. Collegiate juniors are allowed to make such a request without losing their eligibility.
“It’s pretty much what I expected,” Sankey noted of the third-round grade, which he said he learned about last week. “I’m going to talk to coach (Chris) Petersen and to my family after the bowl game and make a decision.”
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins reportedly received a second-round grade from NFL evaluators.
LUPOI WITH TEAM: The Huskies had their first practice in San Francisco in preparation for the bowl game Monday morning. Joining the team for the workout at the City College of San Francisco was defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, who has been the target of recent allegations of illegal payments made for a recruit’s tutoring.
Acting Washington coach Marques Tuiasosopo announced Lupoi would retain his normal coaching duties for the bowl game.
Asked if having Lupoi around the team might be a distraction leading into Friday’s contest, Tuiasosopo assured, “After all the Sark stuff (coach Steve Sarkisian taking the USC job earlier this month), nothing’s a distraction.”
ALREADY A WINNER: Huskies quarterback Keith Price would have paid to see his alma mater, St. John Bosco, play in the California state championship game Saturday night. In fact, he did pay.
Price and fellow Bosco alumnus Will Shamburger paid to get the game on Seattle cable, and saw Bosco beat Northern California power De La Salle 20-14 in a matchup of two nationally ranked teams.
“Great game,” Price assured of a championship that has earned him bragging rights among the many Los Angeles-area products on the Huskies roster. “First thing I’ve paid for since the (Floyd) Mayweather fight (against Robert Guerrero in May).”
LONG TIME COMING: Fight Hunger Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli couldn’t be happier about the Washington-BYU matchup.
“We probably have our best matchup,” Cavalli said of the 12th edition of the bowl. “We’ve wanted BYU every year we’ve had the game, but they’ve either been too good or not good enough. Same with the University of Washington.
“This is the fulfillment of a dream on both sides of the ball for us. Every bowl director dreams of a 31-29 game. That’s what we have.”
HUNGER BITES: BYU’s participants in Monday’s promotional press conference had their first “Life in the Big City” moment when their bus from Oakland to San Francisco got caught in traffic that was getting an early start toward the San Francisco 49ers’ home game against the Atlanta Falcons. They arrived at AT&T Park about a half-hour late. … Like the 49ers, the Fight Hunger Bowl is headed to the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., next season. “We had to move to be competitive,” Cavalli said of a game that will match a Pac-12 team against a Big Ten rival. “The college bowl landscape is getting crazy.” … BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, whose team will be making its ninth consecutive bowl appearance, labeled the Huskies “the best opponent we’ve played in the nine years.” … Both teams will be distributing food to the hungry on Christmas Day in San Francisco. The Huskies will be at the Glide Memorial Church, while the Cougars will be at St. Anthony’s. … A crowd of about 35,000 is expected at the 38,000-plus-seat AT&T Park. Good weather is in the forecast.