Ja’Lynn Polk just hiked a crossover route and back.
A week after promising the University of Washington football team would return to the playoffs, the second wide receiver confirmed Thursday that he would be part of that Husky restoration project.
He posted his second positive statement almost simultaneously with a similar message offered by fellow receiver Jalen McMillan, with the two taking on the roles of team leaders.
Their news comes following a wave of recent program exits that included Junior receivers coach Adam and defensive tackle Taki Taimani joining Oregon, fellow receiver Terrell Bynum transferred to USC, the rusher on board. Laiatu Latu ending at UCLA and yet another wide wide receiver Sawyer Racanelli turning to Montana.
It became apparent that Polk, who arrived at UW from Texas Tech last year, and McMillan felt the need to deliver heartwarming news to their teammates and a distressed fan base that was watching a lot. turnover due to a change of coach.
New trainer Kalen DeBoer expressed his appreciation on social media with a follow-up tweet.
Polk, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Lufkin, Texas, barely had a chance to start with UW after starting and catching a 13-yard pass in Game 1 of the opener against the Montana, only to get injured and require surgery.
He did not play again until Game 11 of the season at Colorado, where he caught a 55-yard touchdown pass, and in the Apple Cup final against Washington State, where he resumed the above.
The Huskies are hoping to see what they can get out of having Polk over a full season, especially now that they know he’s okay with it.
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