“He did some good things for us, especially with the ball in his hands there at the end,’’ Mularkey said. “He’ll get more time, hopefully at least that many snaps.”
Sankey’s late-season involvement is a departure from early in the season when the 23-year-old was inactive for three games and had just five carries over a 10-game span.
The first running back taken in 2014, Sankey said he’s been working to get back on the field and intends to capitalize on this latest opportunity.
“I feel like at times I lost faith in the coaches here, and I have been trying to do everything I can to gain it back,’’ Sankey said. “Since then I have been doing everything I can to try and gain it back and try and make a statement when I am out there on the field.
“It hasn’t hurt my confidence. I know I am a good player, a good running back, and I just have to keep working and maintain the same approach each day and try and earn the trust back of the coaches.”
In 12 games this season, Sankey has 43 carries for 177 yards and a touchdown. He’s also caught 14 passes for 139 yards and a score.