Father was shot and killed in 1996 and his mother died from complications of a blood clot during one of his basketball games in his sophomore year of high school in Louisiana. Redshirted in 2009. Played 12 games in '10 (one start) and scratched five receptions for 35 yards (4.8-yard average) and zero touchdowns. A reserve again in '11, had 20-364-3 (18.2) in 13 games. Started all 12 games in '12 -- first six at "Z" receiver, final six at "X" receiver -- and tallied 25-443-2 (17.7). Started all 14 games at the "Z" in '13, producing 59-692-3 (11.9). Dealt with turf toe on his left foot the final five games of the season. Team captain.
Very good body and arm length. Outstanding timed speed. Can threaten vertically and has explosive, big-play ability. Very competitive. Emotional leader driven to succeed. Very hard worker. Willing blocker.
Classic body-catcher with small, skillet hands -- consistently smothers and traps the ball. Does not track the deep ball well and adjustments look unnatural. Very inconsistent hand placement. Has a very skinny build and plays small in the run game -- does not finish blocks. A bit straight-linish -- not elusive after the catch. Tends to build to speed. Does not show a good feel for zones. Disappears for stretches. Could stand to improve beating the jam.
A speed merchant with raw catching skills, Washington is still developing as a football player and has the type of determination to become a success story if he continues to refine his hands and work at the craft.