Star Washington wide receiver Ja’Lynn Polk is leaving school to declare the NFL Draft, he told ESPN on Tuesday. Polk is coming off a shining 2023 season where he caught 69 balls, had 1,159 receiving yards and played an outsized role in the country’s No. 2 passing attack. pic.twitter.com/BpmVARiJcD— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 9, 2024
Polk transferred to UW from Texas Tech in the spring of 2021. As a freshman at Texas Tech, he had 28 receptions, 264 yards, and 2 TD’s. One of the reasons that he transferred to UW was to be with his former teammate at Lufkin High School in Texas, Caleb Berry. Caleb eventually transferred out but UW was fortunate that Polk ended up at UW.
In 2021, in his first game as a Husky, he caught a 13-yard pass on the first play of the game, but was injured and missed most of the rest of the season. He won the team’s Husky Fever 12th Man of the Year Award at the postseason banquet that year.
He played in every game in the 2022 season, including starting in 8 games. He had 3 TD’s in UW’s win over Michigan State that year, which is a tie for the second-most in a game for a Husky. A highlight of that year for many Husky fans was his 76-yard TD in UW’s win in Eugene over Oregon. He ended the year with 694 yards on 41 receptions.
This year he was one of two Huskies to break 1000 yards receiving. He had 1159 yards on 69 receptions, including 5 receptions for 122 yards in the CFP semi-final game over Texas.
He will be remembered fondly by many Husky fans as “Big Play JP” by those that have listened to Tony Castricone’s broadcasts of UW football. He was an inspirational leader for the team this year and I’m sure that Husky fans are sad to see him go, but will be wishing him well as he pursues his dream of playing in the NFL.