40 Time Range: 4.45-4.48/Combine numbers for the rest
Draft Scout Snapshot: 2010: Missed 2010 spring practices with second shoulder surgery in two years … started all 13 games at tailback … named to the All-Pac-10 second team … won Most Valuable Offensive Player award … finished the regular season ranked No. 17 in the nation and No. 2 in the Pac-10 with 103.17 rushing yards per game … finished the season with 1,415 yards, second-most in UW history … carried the ball 260 times on the year … caught 22 passes for 180 yards … named the offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl after rushing for 177 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 34 carries; also caught two passes in the win over No. 18 Nebraska … named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week with the second-best single-game rushing performance in Washington history, gaining 284 yards on 29 carries at Washington State. 2009: Started all 12 games … received Freshman All-American notice by finishing the year with 1,113 yards on 226 carries … won the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award … caught 25 passes for 171 yards … returned 12 kickoffs for 237 yards … rushed for 136 yards on 22 carries against Notre Dame … in the 30-0 Apple Cup win over Washington State, ran the fall 25 times for 130 yards and a score. 2008: Played in the first two games of the season, starting at tailback vs. Oregon and Brigham Young before injuries forced him to miss the remainder of the season … qualified for an injury redshirt year due to the injury … carried the ball 14 times for 19 yards at Oregon and six times for 14 yards vs. Brigham Young, when he also had one reception.
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11/15/12 - RB Chris Polk has been ruled out of Sunday's game. He's got a turf toe injury. Polk is the team's No. 3 running back and also plays on special teams.
11/08/12 - RB Chris Polk, the team's third running back, has been ruled out of Sunday's game with a toe injury. He was on crutches Thursday.
05/18/12 - RB Chris Polk is one of just seven players in Pac-12 history to rush for 4,000 yards. But a degenerative shoulder ended up influencing what happened to him on Draft Day a lot more than his impressive rushing numbers at the University of Washington.
Polk, who started 38 straight games for the Huskies, was considered a second- or third-round talent. But teams' concerns about his shoulder caused him to fall like a boulder through the seven rounds of the draft. He eventually signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent.
"It was a shock to me," admitted Polk, who rushed for 4,049 yards at Washington and also was considered one of the best pass-catching backs in the draft. "But it put everything in perspective for me. We're blessed, but God can take it away at any point in time. You just have to make it last and make every day count."
04/23/12 - Teams such as Denver, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and the New York Giants could view Polk as a nice change-of-pace back who can also play on third down because of his natural catching ability. “Me, personally, I just sees passes as an extended carry,” Polk said. “I’m not going to fumble the ball, and I’m not going to drop any passes. Just come my way and trust in me, and I’ll get the job done.” Polk finished with 79 catches for 683 yards and four touchdowns during his UW career. In his final Huskies season, Polk rushed for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns on 293 carries, averaging 5.1 yards a carry with one fumble. “I’m versatile,” Polk said. “I can do it all. I can run, block and catch – all of that. It’s just a matter of me executing my technique rather than relying on just the physical abilities, and just staying mentally attuned to my technique and staying fundamentally sound.” And that relentless running style? “It just comes from your desire because every time I touch the ball, I’m thinking touchdown,” he said. “It may not make sense, but I love hitting – but I hate being tackled. “Every time I’m tackled – whether it’s by being put on my back or an ankle tackle – I just get mad. I get down. I just get angry. I just want to keep running and running until I reach that end zone.” - Eric D. Williams, The Olympian Online
04/09/12 - The last time the Bengals drafted a running back from the University of Washington, things ended up working out pretty well on the field as Corey Dillon became the franchise’s career rushing leader. In a running back class where there is a big group jockeying for position behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson, one player that could be intriguing is Chris Polk. At Washington, Polk had the second-most rushing yards in school history and was the seventh player in Pac 12 history to rush for over 4,000 yards. That feat is bigger considering that the Huskies haven’t had an offensive lineman drafted since 2006. During Washington’s Pro Day last month, Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson conducted the position drills and Polk had an interview with the Bengals during the Scouting Combine. With less than three weeks before the NFL Draft, Polk said he hasn’t paid much attention to running back rankings, which have him going anywhere from the second to the fourth round. “You never really know what teams are thinking and how the draft will go,” he said. “Plus most of the rankings are just people’s opinions.” With team visits over the next couple weeks, Polk is happy with the progress he has made. At Washington, he was part of a winless team as a redshirt freshman and saw the Huskies go to a bowl game the past two seasons. “I’m just continuing to make progress. I went through a lot of stuff at Washington but I’m happy where things are,” he said. “The main thing now is to watch every little thing but to show teams how passionate I am and how much I love football.” - Joe Reedy, Cincinnati.com
03/08/12 - A year ago it was quarterback Jake Locker whose impressive Pro Day workout at the University of Washington served as a springboard from which he boosted his mercurial stock all the way to the No. 8 pick in the 2011 NFL draft. This year it is running back Chris Polk who likely boosted his stock with scouts with an impressive all-around performance Thursday in front of scouts and position coaches from roughly half of the teams in the NFL. Ironically enough, he did so with Locker watching, as the Titans' 2011 first round pick returned to Washington to throw passes to Polk, wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar and fullback Dorson Boyce. Polk measured in at 5-10 (1/2) and 212 pounds, three pounds lighter than he'd weighed at the Combine and 12 pounds lighter than he was at the Senior Bowl. The loss of weight was noticeable in the running back's time in the 40-yard dash and his explosiveness in positional drills. Polk was credited with an "official" 4.57 second time at the Combine but came in at between 4.45-4.49 in his first attempt and 4.48-4.51 in his second. Polk also posted 16 reps on the bench press. He caught passes out of the backfield, demonstrating the soft, reliable hands and route-running ability that I believe is his most underrated quality and why the Washington running back remains in the hunt (along with Boise State's Doug Martin, Virginia Tech's David Wilson and Miami's Lamar Miller) to be the second back selected in the 2012 draft. Only Alabama's Trent Richardson, the consensus top-rated back, is viewed as a surefire first round pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/12 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, PLAYERS WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: Chris Polk, RB, Washington: After a mediocre showing at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Polk needs to show he has the necessary athleticism to be productive at the next level. Going through the short shuttle, three-cone and other agility drills will help answer questions about his natural burst and body fluidity to quickly change direction. After Alabama's Trent Richardson, the running back class is wide open, and Polk will have every opportunity to jump into the top 40. - NFLDraftScout.com
01/19/12 - Lost amid the clutter of the NFL's release that a record 65 underclassmen were granted special eligibility for the 2012 draft was the announcement from the Senior Bowl that ten Pac-12 players were invited to participate in the preeminent senior all-star game in the land. Among the ten was a surprise -- University of Washington running back Chris Polk, who had been characterized by the Huskies and the NCAA as a whole to this point as a junior. It had been presumed that Polk, who missed all but the first two games of the 2008 season due to injury, had taken a medical redshirt. As it turns out, Polk did not apply for a redshirt and thus, exhausted his eligibility once the Huskies lost to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. "We made sure that we followed proper protocol before we invited Chris and that entailed getting everything cleared through the NFL and Coach Sarkisian at the University of Washington," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "Once it was determined that Chris had exhausted his eligibility at Washington there was no question we wanted him on our roster. He is an excellent player and has a bright future in the National Football League." Polk was not among the 65 underclassmen granted special eligibility by the NFL for the 2012 draft. Polk's addition to the Senior Bowl roster is a significant one. Ranked as the No. 4 running back in the 2012 draft class by NFLDraftScout.com, Polk leaves Washington having rushed for 4,049 yards - the second most in school history behind Napoleon Kaufman, a first round pick by the Raiders in 1995. - NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/12 - Fourth-year junior running back Chris Polk is leaving the University of Washington a year early to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. "Chris had a terrific career at Washington and deserves the opportunity to move on to the next level," Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. "We wish him nothing but the best in what I'm sure will be a great professional career." Polk is the No. 4 running back eligible for the 2012 draft and the No. 56 overall prospect, according to NFLDraftScout.com, behind only Alabama's Trent Richardson, Miami's Lamar Miller and David Wilson from Virginia Tech. All are underclassmen, with Miller already declaring his intention to enter the draft. Richardson and Wilson have yet to play their bowl games. Polk, who has already earned his bachelor's degree in American ethnic studies, leaves as the second all-time leading rusher in Huskies history with 4,049 yards in 40 games. He is behind only Napoleon Kaufman (4,106) on the school's career rushing list. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
01/03/12 - Polk's 799 career carries and average 101.2 rushing yards per game are school records. Polk is a strong interior runner who has the burst to get through the line and the power to break tackles. He's not a naturally explosive outside runner, and is primarily a North-South runner who has good vision for cutback lanes. Polk lacks true breakaway speed, but has plenty of speed to rip off yards in chunks. He doesn't get caught from behind often. Coaches will value Polk's willingness and competency as a blocker as well. Like most college backs, he has to work on his technique, but Polk doesn't shy away from oncoming blitzers. Polk also increased his versatiliy by becoming far more involved in the Huskies' passing attack in 2012. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange