Sankey ready to start Husky career

When Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wa.) RB Bishop Sankey decided he wanted to head west to play college football, Husky nation rejoiced. spoke to the talented back recently and he told us that in preparation for the start of his college football career, he has gotten himself lean and mean and he's out to show it will be hard to keep him off the football field this fall...

"It's all about competition and who wants it more," Sankey told earlier this week. "I have been hitting the weights hard, studying my playbook and eating right so that when I get (to Montlake) I will be ready to go.

"I came over for a couple of practices and really loved the energy and the tempo they ran. I sat in on a couple running back meetings and spoke a lot with coach (Joel) Thomas about things.

"Jesse (Callier) also pulled me aside a couple of times in practice and told me why they did this or why they ran that play in that situation, so it was really beneficial for me to see that and start to get myself immersed in the offense.

"I also text'd a lot with Austin Seferian-Jenkins and he told me what it was like being a freshman in the system. He was going through what I will be going through so it was really cool to get his perspective on things."

As a three-year starter for the Bullpups, Sankey finished his career as the all-time leading rusher in Greater Spokane League history with 4,355 yards while also totaling nearly 70 touchdowns and was named First Team All-State by the AP and was named a two-time All-State 4A player by the Seattle Times.

"All of the awards were something I worked hard for and it was an honor to get them, but when I get to Washington, I know I will be just another freshman trying to learn the system and getting used to things at that level," Sankey said. "I love the opportunity to compete though and the coaches have told me to come in ready to play, so that's what my focus has been.

"I've been working out daily, running, lifting, eating right and I'm 5'10", 196 right now so I'm in the best shape I could be in and I'm going to do everything I can to make it so they can't keep me off the field."

Sankey has already graduated and said he and his family plan to head west on July 2nd to stay with family for the 4th of July weekend before he enrolls in the LEAP program for incoming freshman on July 6th.

"I'm just excited for it all to get started," Sankey said. "In a way, it's tough to leave my family, my friends and everything I knew, but it's exciting too because I know that I'm joining a great program and that I'll get a great education.

"I can't wait."

Neither can Husky nation.

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