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December 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

UW’s Bishop Sankey declares for the NFL Draft

Bishop Sankey lunges for the end zone pylon, but goes out at the 6-yard line earning the Huskies a 1st down in the process. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Bishop Sankey lunges for the end zone against Colorado earlier this season at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Bishop Sankey, Washington’s record-setting junior running back, has declared for the NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season with the Huskies, his family told The Seattle Times.

Sankey has not hired an agent. NFL evaluators projected him as a third-round pick.

Sankey, listed at 5 feet 10, 203 pounds, rushed for a school-record 1,870 yards this season, with 20 touchdowns. His 327 carries were also the most in a season at UW, his 37 career rushing touchdowns are a UW record and his 38 career touchdowns are tied for the most in school history.

Sankey is the second UW junior to declare for the draft, joining tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who announced his intention to turn pro after UW’s victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday.

A graduate of Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep, Sankey was named a first-team all-Pac-12 running back this season and a second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation.

He was the team’s offensive MVP and earned second-team all-academic honors in the Pac-12.

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