TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State placed heavy emphasis on improving its run defense during the offseason, anticipating early season tests against top-tier rushing teams Wisconsin, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame.
The Sun Devils met those challenges with varying degrees of success but may be facing an even greater challenge this week.
With No. 20 Washington coming to Tempe, ASU's run defense gets its latest and perhaps toughest test in national rushing leader Bishop Sankey and the Huskies' 15th-ranked rushing attack.
"We've played against some really good (running backs), but he would probably be right along those lines," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "He is the No. 1 person we have to stop. There is no question about it."
Sankey leads the nation with 149.8 rushing yards per game and 899 yards total. He has topped 125 rushing yards in all but one game, and his nine rushing touchdowns leave him just one shy on the national lead, held by ASU's Marion Grice and Ball State's Jahwan Edwards. ...