Aug 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) hands the ball off to running back Chris Polk (32) during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Huskies In The NFL: Chris Polk

Season Grade: C

August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Chris Polk (32) gets past New York Jets cornerback D

Polk starred for three years at Washington as Jake Locker and Keith Price’s go-to ball carrier. He managed to outshine both quarterbacks despite each putting up stellar numbers. Over his four years, he rushed for 4,049 yards, second most in Husky history, and 26 touchdowns, good for eighth in the record books.

However, teams were scared off by concerns they had about his health, specifically his left shoulder. He dislocated it his freshman year, knocking him out for the year, then tore the labrum in it during his sophomore season and had off season surgery to repair it. Nothing was heard about it until draft day came two years later. Despite being projected as a second or third round pick, Polk went undrafted.

He later signed with the Eagles as a free agent and played in Philadelphia the whole season. He saw action in seven games, all on special teams. He gets a “C” because what he overcame and eventually made it onto the Eagles’ game roster and saw time on the field, despite going undrafted.

Polk remains a very talented running back and with an offseason full of hard work, he could back up LeSean McCoy next year or convert himself into a fullback.

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