Polk coming back at Washington

Whoever ends up as Washington's starting quarterback post-Jake Locker, he will have a significant security blanket back in the backfield in 2011.

Running back Chris Polk, who's rushed for more than 2,500 yards over the past two seasons, is returning for his redshirt junior season and won't enter the NFL draft, the Seattle Times reported.

Polk rushed for 1,415 yards and nine TDs this season, the second most in program history, and earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors. During the Huskies' four-game winning streak to end the season, he was the offensive star for a rushing attack that averaged 237 yards per game.

Now coach Steve Sarkisian knows he has a key weapon to make life easier for his new QB, either sophomore Keith Price or redshirt freshman Nick Montana.