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#TitansDraft Conference Call: Second Round Pick Bishop Sankey

Posted May 9, 2014


RB BISHOP SANKEY

(on being the first running back selected in the draft)

It just feels awesome. I got a great feel when I went down (to Tennessee) on my visit. All the coaches there were great. It was a place that I definitely wanted to be. It really is a true blessing just to be the first running back taken off the board. I’m just ready to get to work. I’m just ready to get there and get to work.

(on if he’s familiar with fellow Husky Jake Locker)

I actually wasn’t there when he was playing, but it’s awesome to have a fellow Husky there. I can’t wait to be playing with him and connected with him. I just want to get there and start running things and getting ready as fast as possible.

(on his running style)

I think I’m an all-around back. I’ve proven that I can move the ball on the ground, catch it through the air, and help in pass protection. I’m a guy that likes to use his eyes when I’m running. I feel like I’m patient enough to press the line of scrimmage and make the correct read and cut. I think that does work to my advantage as far as being a running back and running down the field and making guys miss in that second level.

(on if he thought he’d be drafted by the Titans)

I had a feeling Tennessee. I knew they were high on me. They were the only team that flew me out for a visit. I had a feeling they were definitely in the running as one of the top teams. It happened. Now that it’s over, I’m just so thankful and blessed and fortunate to be in the situation that I’m in.

(on if he thought he’d go in the second round)

That was my grade—second, third round. I believed second round. I feel like I did well in the combine, and I feel like I did well in the pro day. I think I set myself in a pretty good position to get chosen in the second round. Now that it’s happened, it’s just a great feeling. It’s still kind of sinking in, but I know shortly it’s going to sink in and I’m going to be ready to go. I’m pumped.

(on getting carries that used to go to Chris Johnson)

I’m really familiar with Chris Johnson. I’m just ready to step in and help in any way that I can. Again, I’m just ready to get there Day 1 and work my way up and try to make as big of an impact as possible.

(on if Chris Johnson is a tough act to follow)

I definitely think he is a tough act to follow. We’ll see, only time will tell. No one really knows what tomorrow is going to bring. It’s up to us to prepare the day for whatever situation we’re put in. That’s something that I’m going to do—just worry about myself and control what I can control and be the best football player that I can be.

(on his performance at the combine)

The combine was a crazy experience. The first three days were really busy with interviews and things like that and psychological testing. It was an awesome experience, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was something that I kept telling myself and reminding self that, ‘Hey, this is only going to happen once.’ I’m glad how it played out. Everything went smooth and I’m happy with how the tests went.

(on what convinced him to leave Washington after three years)

I felt like I was ready. I was ready to go to the next level. I think I’ve proven that, looking at the success I’ve had these past few years. Not only that, but the success the team had. I felt like it was the best time. I talked it over with my family toward the end of the year, and they supported me and my decision.

(on where he’s watching the draft)

A lot of family came out from Ohio. I’m watching the draft out here in Los Angeles where my dad is stationed in the Air Force. A lot of my family came out from Ohio, Alabama, and all over. It’s a pretty neat situation.

(on playing close to family in Nashville)

Most definitely, it’s right smack dap in the middle of where my family’s located. I’m just excited to get down there. Like I said, I have people in Alabama and people in Ohio. It’s kind of like that central location. I can’t wait. I know Tennessee has had a lot of great running backs come through there. I’m working my tail off to become one.

(on if he’ll miss a few offseason workouts with Washington’s academic calendar)

I may miss a little bit, but I talked to the coach and they said they have no problem catching me up with everything. I don’t feel any worry about catching up. I think I’m ready. I’m just going to go there Day 1 and start preparing.

(on catching passes out of the backfield)

I think it’s really important for a running back, especially in this day and age, to be able to contribute in the passing game. I think that’s something that I’ve been able to do in my time at the University of Washington and not only that, at the combine and pro day, I didn’t drop a pass. I feel comfortable with my hands, and I think I can contribute.

(on what running back he compares to)

I get a lot of people comparing me to, in talking about a young running back, Giovani Bernard. I know he had a good season his rookie year. Another running back people talk about is LeSean McCoy. I’ve even heard comparisons to Emmitt Smith. Any comparison I feel like to a great, successful pro running back is a good one. I’m just excited to get to work.

(on if he feels that running backs deserve more respect)

Although I am biased being a running back, I think we can be valuable. I’m just going to work on myself and becoming the most valuable player possible. I think something I can do to change that is just really show that I’m an all-around player. I can contribute in more ways than one. I can be dangerous.

(on if he knows much about first-round pick Taylor Lewan and the Titans offensive line)

I know the line there is awesome and I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get there and get used to running behind those guys and get the feel for everything, get the run timing down. Again, really excited right now.

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