5’10” – 203 lbs. – 4.50e
2011: 28 – 187 – 1 (6.7), 6 – 14 – 0 (2.3)
2012: 289 – 1,439 – 16 (5.0), 33 – 249 – 0 (7.5)
Played in twelve of thirteen games as a true freshman, operating as a reserve tailback and kick return option. Stepped into the starting role as a sophomore in 2012, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors and winning the team’s “Tough Husky” Award. Team captain.
- Would be entering the draft having been a highly-productive starter for two seasons.
- Was already productive as a sophomore, then became even more efficient as a junior.
- Has already shown that he can remain healthy when operating as a team’s workhorse.
- Has prototypical height for a pro running back, as well as the frame to add some bulk.
- Patient runner, but doesn’t waste any time in hitting the hole when it presents itself.
- Fairly agile, can hit cutback holes and occasionally makes the first defender miss.
- Reasonable speed; capable of beating defenders to the edge for chunks of yardage.
- Not one of the most powerful backs but stays low and usually ends up falling forwards.
- Runs with an aggressive, physical mentality and doesn’t shy away from contact.
- Has also been used extensively as a productive receiving option out of the backfield.
- Generally made the most of playing behind a fairly inconsistent offensive line.
- Extensive experience in pass protection and is generally effective when he squares up.
- Respected in the locker room for his toughness and leadership; named a team captain.
- A little bit smaller than your typical starting running back, may need to add some bulk.
- Teams may well be concerned about his heavy workload over the past two seasons.
- Certainly possesses functional speed but doesn’t break off too many big gains.
- There’s a little bit of wasted motion in his runs, goes a little bit horizontal at times.
- Has been frequently retained in pass protection but struggles to make cut blocks.
- Ball security issues crop up occasionally, needs to protect the ball more effectively.
Sankey stepped into the starting role as a true sophomore and immediately put together an outstanding campaign, gaining nearly 1,700 total yards and scoring sixteen touchdowns. In 2013, he proved that he was capable of maintaining that level of production, actually improving his overall efficiency as a runner. He may be slightly less physically-gifted than the other top running back prospects in the class, but has been used in a way which more readily projects to the next level, having been retained in pass protection regularly and contributing as a receiving option. While he may ultimately be better suited to running as part of a committee, and his workload in college may be cause for concern for some teams seeking another back, it’s easy to admire his tough running style and intangible qualities. RD 3