University of Washington running back Bishop Sankey has been hiding up there in the far northwest corner of the United States for far too long now.
Sankey's Huskies suffered their second loss in as many weeks on Saturday, but once again, it didn't come without a Heisman-esque performance against a top-five opponent.
The powerful, patient, explosive junior running back tallied 167 yards and two scores on 28 carries against No. 2 Oregon. He had a costly fumble early in the second quarter but also broke off touchdown runs of 60 and 25 yards against a defense that tends to limit big plays. He essentially put the Dawgs on his back, bringing Steve Sarkisian's squad to within seven at the end of three quarters.
Sark told us on #FastFootball TUES Sankey reminded him in style of Emmitt Smith. Huge praise, but he's backing it up today.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 12, 2013
Simply put, it was another transcendent performance—on national television—to add to his Heisman resume.
After six games, Sank the Tank now has 159 carries for 899 yards and 10 total touchdowns. He is averaging an absurd 5.66 yards per carry, has made a solid impact in the passing game, has already torched arguably the two best defenses in the Pac-12 for 292 rushing yards and four scores, and has failed to surpass the 100-yard mark just once all season.
That came against Idaho State, when he received just four carries for 77 yards, by the way.
Not counting a bowl, which Washington will undoubtedly make, Sankey is currently on pace for 318 carries, 1,798 rushing yards and 20 scores. With Stanford and Oregon already out of the way, though, it's not inconceivable to suggest he could hit 2,000 rushing yards and potentially 25 scores if things go right.
And while Washington is just 4-2, it is far better than its record indicates. The Huskies came up just short at No. 5 Stanford and played No. 2 Oregon close for three quarters despite making several mistakes.
Double-digit wins are still attainable for Sark and Co.
In terms of Heisman talk, where does Sankey rank among RBs?
If all of those realistic goals come to fruition—2,000 rushing yards, 20-plus touchdowns, nine or 10 wins—Sankey is going to deserve lots of attention in the Heisman discussion.
Now, let's not go completely overboard here.
Sankey still isn't in the class of guys like Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or Marcus Mariota, who torched Washington on Saturday and is in the midst of an unfathomable statistical season.
And unless something really crazy happens, he won't be catching those guys.
But it's time Sankey, equal parts workhorse and home run threat, is known outside of Montlake. It's time he gets recognition as one of America's most productive, integral, talented running backs.