As Washington and Washington State prepare for the 106th Apple Cup on Friday there is something both teams will be fighting for besides the trophy. A bowl placement.
Bishop Sankey named Doak Walker Award finalist.
I spoke earlier today with Fight Hunger Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli about which schools they are mainly looking at as well as where Washington stands.
Cavalli told me that right now they are looking a Washington, Arizona and whoever is on the loosing end of the USC vs. UCLA game on November 30th. Additionally, if Washington State beats Washington in the Apple Cup this Friday they too will be in consideration.
He was in attendance for Washington's 69-27 blowout win over Oregon State Saturday night, the main reason the Beavers aren't in contention. They will have a Representative in attendance this Friday for the Apple Cup.
In other news:
-Today the finalist for the individual awards not named the Heisman Trophy were announced and Washington has two; RB Bishop Sankey (Doak Walker Award) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (John Mackey Award) given to the nations best running back and tight end respectively.
Sankey comes as no surprise, however, Seferian-Jenkins only has 31 receptions for 361 yards and 6 touchdowns. However Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro has 92 receptions for 1,157 yards and 6 touchdowns, and isn't a finalist.
Bishop Sankey currently has 1,575 yards (3rd in the nation), 143.1 yards per game (4th in the nation), 17 rushing touchdowns (T-3rd in the nation), and has carried the ball 272 times (3rd in the nation).
-Washington is out of the running for another Holiday Bowl berth no matter the outcome of the Apple Cup. The Pac-12 teams in contention are Stanford, Oregon, USC and Arizona State while the Big-12 teams in contention are Texas, Kansas State and Texas Tech -- this per executive director Bruce Binkowski to me earlier today.