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Bishop Sankey
RB #20
Height:
5-10
Weight:
209
Age:
22
College:
Washington
Hometown:
Wadsworth, OH
Experience:
2

Biography

PRO: The Titans selected Bishop Sankey as the first running back off the board with the 54th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.  The 5-foot-10-inch, 209-pounder displays good vision and instincts to go along with extraordinary change of direction and athleticism.  The University of Washington product possesses an athletic frame and low center of gravity as a runner, and is a threat out of the backfield as a receiver.   

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•     As a rookie in 2014, Sankey played in all 16 games with nine starts and led the team with 551 rushing yards on 152 carries with two touchdowns.
•     As a junior, Sankey was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, setting a school record with a career-best 1,870 rushing yards and 20 rushing scores.
•     As a sophomore (2012), Sankey’s 1,439 yards on the ground ranked fourth on Washington’s annual record chart. He found the end zone 16 times on the ground, the third-highest total by a Husky in a campaign.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Sankey’s grandfather, Albert, had been blind in his left eye for more than 30 years. When Bishop was younger, Albert used to make a trip at the end of each summer from his home in Montgomery, Ala., to stay with his family in northeast Ohio. Over the summer months, Albert would be a regular at his grandson’s peewee football games. By the time Bishop was in middle school, all his grandfather could see on the field were shadows.  Finally after a cornea transplant restored sight in his right eye, Albert was able to see Bishop play for the first time at Stanford during his junior campaign.
•    Sankey’s father, Christopher, is in the Air Force and has been deployed three times to the Middle East.
•    Sankey was featured on the ESPN documentary Draft Academy which followed him through the draft process.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Wadsworth, Ohio, native was selected by the Titans in the second round (54th overall) the 2014 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    During his three-year career at Washington, Sankey appeared in 38 games, starting his last 25 contests.  He carried the ball 644 times for 3,496 yards and 37 touchdowns, adding 567 yards and one score on 67 receptions.  His 3,496 career rushing yards were the third-most in Huskies’ history.  In 2013, with a 200-yard game against Washington State in the Apple Cup, he finished the game and the regular season with 1,775 yards for the season, breaking Corey Dillon’s 1996 record of 1,695 yards.  On the same play on which he passed Dillon, a seven-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, he also broke Napoleon Kaufman’s UW career rushing touchdowns record, with his 35th.  He decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft in January 2013.
•    As a junior (2013), selected a team captain and was named second-team All-America by the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, as well as third-team by Athlon.  Earned first-team All-Pac-12 and also named second-team Academic All-Pac-12.  Was named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award.  Ended the season ranked first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the nation in rushing yards with 1,870, a school record and 10th-most in Pac-12 history.  Also ranked fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (143.8) and carries (327) and sixth with 20 rushing touchdowns.
•    As a sophomore (2012), earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 and won the Earle T. Glant “Tough Husky” Award at the team’s postseason banquet.  Finished the year with 1,439 yards, the third-highest total in UW single-season history.  Also had 16 rushing touchdowns, the second-most ever at Washington.  His 289 carries were third-most in school history.  His 110.7 rushing yards per game ranked eighth at UW while points scored (16 touchdowns) were good for ninth on the Husky season charts.
•    As a freshman (2011), saw action in 12 of the Huskies’ 13 games, playing both at tailback and on special teams. Carried the ball 28 times for 187 yards with a touchdown.  Caught six passes for 14 yards and returned seven kickoffs for 134 yards.
•     Majored in communications at Washington.

PERSONAL:  
•    Splits time between Nashville and Los Angeles, Calif.
•     Attended Gonzaga Preparatory School (Spokane, Wa.), lettering in football for three years.  Moved to the state of Washington after spending his freshman year in Ohio, where he piled up 1,800 rushing yards on his school’s freshmen team.
•     Was a two-time Seattle Times all-state selection at running back and finished his career as all-time leading rusher in Greater Spokane League history with 4,355 yards.
•     As a senior in 2010, named the Inland Northwest Youth Awards Male Athlete of the Year, 4A first-team all-state by the Associated Press and Greater Spokane League MVP.  Rushed for 2,518 yards as a senior, also a GSL record.
•     As a junior, rushed for 2,011 yards and 17 touchdowns in nine games, earning first-team All-GSL and honorable mention 4A all-state from the AP.
•     Lettered with the outdoor track team for three seasons, performing as a sprinter, a jumper and on the relay teams.
•    Follow Sankey on Twitter and Instagram at @BishopSankey.
•    List of favorites: (TV show) “Martin”; (movie) “Friday Night Lights”; (music artists) Tasha Cobbs, Kirk Franklin, Drake, J. Cole and Fred Hammond; (school subject) history; (actor) Will Smith; (book) self-improvement books and non-fiction; (childhood sports hero) Javon Ringer, who he followed closely from his childhood in Ohio; (childhood sports team) Cleveland Indians; (video game) any sports game; and (food) Italian, especially pasta.
•     Born Bishop Shaquille Sankey on Sept. 15, 1992 in Wadsworth, Ohio.
PRO: The Titans selected Bishop Sankey as the first running back off the board with the 54th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.  The 5-foot-10-inch, 209-pounder displays good vision and instincts to go along with extraordinary change of direction and athleticism.  The University of Washington product possesses an athletic frame and low center of gravity as a runner, and is a threat out of the backfield as a receiver.   

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•     As a rookie in 2014, Sankey played in all 16 games with nine starts and led the team with 551 rushing yards on 152 carries with two touchdowns.
•     As a junior, Sankey was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, setting a school record with a career-best 1,870 rushing yards and 20 rushing scores.
•     As a sophomore (2012), Sankey’s 1,439 yards on the ground ranked fourth on Washington’s annual record chart. He found the end zone 16 times on the ground, the third-highest total by a Husky in a campaign.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Sankey’s grandfather, Albert, had been blind in his left eye for more than 30 years. When Bishop was younger, Albert used to make a trip at the end of each summer from his home in Montgomery, Ala., to stay with his family in northeast Ohio. Over the summer months, Albert would be a regular at his grandson’s peewee football games. By the time Bishop was in middle school, all his grandfather could see on the field were shadows.  Finally after a cornea transplant restored sight in his right eye, Albert was able to see Bishop play for the first time at Stanford during his junior campaign.
•    Sankey’s father, Christopher, is in the Air Force and has been deployed three times to the Middle East.
•    Sankey was featured on the ESPN documentary Draft Academy which followed him through the draft process.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Wadsworth, Ohio, native was selected by the Titans in the second round (54th overall) the 2014 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    During his three-year career at Washington, Sankey appeared in 38 games, starting his last 25 contests.  He carried the ball 644 times for 3,496 yards and 37 touchdowns, adding 567 yards and one score on 67 receptions.  His 3,496 career rushing yards were the third-most in Huskies’ history.  In 2013, with a 200-yard game against Washington State in the Apple Cup, he finished the game and the regular season with 1,775 yards for the season, breaking Corey Dillon’s 1996 record of 1,695 yards.  On the same play on which he passed Dillon, a seven-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, he also broke Napoleon Kaufman’s UW career rushing touchdowns record, with his 35th.  He decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft in January 2013.
•    As a junior (2013), selected a team captain and was named second-team All-America by the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, as well as third-team by Athlon.  Earned first-team All-Pac-12 and also named second-team Academic All-Pac-12.  Was named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award.  Ended the season ranked first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the nation in rushing yards with 1,870, a school record and 10th-most in Pac-12 history.  Also ranked fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (143.8) and carries (327) and sixth with 20 rushing touchdowns.
•    As a sophomore (2012), earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 and won the Earle T. Glant “Tough Husky” Award at the team’s postseason banquet.  Finished the year with 1,439 yards, the third-highest total in UW single-season history.  Also had 16 rushing touchdowns, the second-most ever at Washington.  His 289 carries were third-most in school history.  His 110.7 rushing yards per game ranked eighth at UW while points scored (16 touchdowns) were good for ninth on the Husky season charts.
•    As a freshman (2011), saw action in 12 of the Huskies’ 13 games, playing both at tailback and on special teams. Carried the ball 28 times for 187 yards with a touchdown.  Caught six passes for 14 yards and returned seven kickoffs for 134 yards.
•     Majored in communications at Washington.

PERSONAL:  
•    Splits time between Nashville and Los Angeles, Calif.
•     Attended Gonzaga Preparatory School (Spokane, Wa.), lettering in football for three years.  Moved to the state of Washington after spending his freshman year in Ohio, where he piled up 1,800 rushing yards on his school’s freshmen team.
•     Was a two-time Seattle Times all-state selection at running back and finished his career as all-time leading rusher in Greater Spokane League history with 4,355 yards.
•     As a senior in 2010, named the Inland Northwest Youth Awards Male Athlete of the Year, 4A first-team all-state by the Associated Press and Greater Spokane League MVP.  Rushed for 2,518 yards as a senior, also a GSL record.
•     As a junior, rushed for 2,011 yards and 17 touchdowns in nine games, earning first-team All-GSL and honorable mention 4A all-state from the AP.
•     Lettered with the outdoor track team for three seasons, performing as a sprinter, a jumper and on the relay teams.
•    Follow Sankey on Twitter and Instagram at @BishopSankey.
•    List of favorites: (TV show) “Martin”; (movie) “Friday Night Lights”; (music artists) Tasha Cobbs, Kirk Franklin, Drake, J. Cole and Fred Hammond; (school subject) history; (actor) Will Smith; (book) self-improvement books and non-fiction; (childhood sports hero) Javon Ringer, who he followed closely from his childhood in Ohio; (childhood sports team) Cleveland Indians; (video game) any sports game; and (food) Italian, especially pasta.
•     Born Bishop Shaquille Sankey on Sept. 15, 1992 in Wadsworth, Ohio.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 152 569 3.7 22 2 18 133 7.4 18 0 2 2
2014 TEN 16 9 152 569 3.7 22 2 18 133 7.4 18 0 2 2

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