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Polk says what most knew - he's returning to UW

What had been known for the past week or so became official Friday - running back Chris Polk is returning to Washington for his junior season.

"I thought it would be better for me to stay at the UW," Polk said in a statement released by the university. "I came here to get a degree and I'm really close to that, so why not finish? I'm not ready to leave the college atmosphere and my teammates just yet."

In the two weeks prior to the Holiday Bowl - a 19-7 UW victory over Nebraska - he said he was leaving the door open about jumping to the NFL in 2011.

And after he rumbled for 177 yards and a touchdown to nab Holiday Bowl MVP honors, immediate speculation was that he would turn professional.

Rob Rang, a senior analyst for, projected Polk as a second- and third-round selection in April.

But last week, Polk's mother, Edrena, has told various media outlets, including The News Tribune, that she thought the chances of her son returning were good.

And he will.

"We're excited to have Chris back for his junior season," Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said. "He's an excellent team leader with tremendous work ethic, and we look forward to watching him accomplish his goals next season." Polk will enter the 2011 season with 2,561 career yards, already No. 6 on the UW career rushing list. His 260 carries in 2010 were third-most in a season, his 506 career attempts rank eighth and his career average of 94.9 yards per game is the highest ever at Washington. He's just the third Husky back in history to rush for 1,000 yards in two different seasons (joining Greg Lewis and Napoleon Kaufman).