UW's Chris Polk submits name for draft evaluation, says he's 50-50
Huskies tailback confirmed he has sought an evaluation from the NFL draft advisory board, but doesn't know what he'll do next.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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SAN ANTONIO — Huskies tailback Chris Polk said Tuesday he has submitted his name for evaluation before the NFL draft, but insisted he hasn't made a decision.
That's not to say it doesn't cross his mind.
"I would more call it a daydream, if you will, because I'm not really going in-depth with it. But just the idea that I can leave and continue to make that transition," he said as he prepared for Thursday's Alamo Bowl. "But I still have a game to play and I'm focused on Baylor, so that's where my mind is right now."
Polk said he submitted his name to the NFL for an evaluation from the draft advisory board, adding that he hasn't gotten a grade back yet.
And while he may not have given it serious thought yet, he'll have to soon. The deadline to declare is Jan. 15.
Polk said he's "50-50" on whether to leave. "I don't really know what I want do to next," he said.
Last year, Polk always seemed to lean toward staying in his public comments. He ultimately did, saying one major reason was his mom's desire that he finish his degree at Washington. Polk said he wrapped up the last classes he needed earlier this month.
Asked what reason there would be to stay, he said surpassing Napoleon Kaufman as UW's career rushing leader would be at the top of the list.
"The record for sure, and just me as a player feeling like I haven't played to the best of my ability," he said. "I want to be 100 percent overall better and I just feel like I have to play to the peak of my performance before I make that transition."
It's not out of the question Polk could accomplish that first goal Thursday. He needs 204 yards to tie Kaufman. Polk has 3,902 yards to Kaufman's 4,106.
Polk is generally considered one of the top five running backs who could be available in the 2012 draft, which would likely mean being taken in the first two or three rounds. Most draft analysts expect him to turn pro.
"I have to sit down and talk with my family and really analyze both aspects and both sides of it and do what's best for me," he said. "I know it's going to be a tough decision. I hope I make the right one."
Happy at Baylor
Other than Robert Griffin III, the most familiar name on the Baylor roster to many Northwest sports fans may be Demetri Goodson. Goodson played point guard at Gonzaga the past three seasons, starting the past two.
But the native of Spring, Texas, decided after last season to return to his home state and switch sports. He was immediately eligible to play football because Gonzaga does not offer the sport.
He played in four games for Baylor as a reserve cornerback and on special teams before suffering an ankle injury that ended his season. He returned three kickoffs for a total of 100 yards against Kansas State.
He had hoped to heal in time to play the Huskies but said this week he won't be able to play.
"But I'll be back next year for sure," he said.
He said switching schools and sports was generally positive. "It's been challenging but also fun at the same time," Goodson said. "I think I have a better chance of making it (professionally) through football."
Leery of big receivers
Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett livened up his portion of Tuesday's news conference with several sound bites.
"I think that their receivers are big guys," he said. "They're all about 6-foot, 210 pounds. They'll be eating peanuts off our corners' heads because we're midgets."
Baylor's starting cornerbacks are Mike Hicks (5-11, 195 pounds) and K.J. Morton (5-10, 185).
Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or email@example.com. On Twitter @bcondotta.
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