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Old 03-08-2005, 06:04 PM   #65
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Fabian Washington



HEIGHT 5'11"
40 TIME this kid ran a 4.25 in the combine u cnat get any faster then this kid.

Pros: Has posted good numbers, 3 year starter. Good speed, playmaker.
Cons: Still needs to refine his coverage techniques, has a lot of potential to be better than he is.

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2004 Preseason No. 1 Cornerback in Big 12 (Sporting News) 2004 Preseason No. 6 Cornerback in Nation (Sporting News) 2004 Preseason No. 17 Cornerback in Nation (Lindy's) 2003 Third-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches) 2003 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP) 2002 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches) 2002 Second-Team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News) Nebraska Freshman Record for PBU (13 in 2002) and Interceptions in a Season (Four in 2002) 2002 First-Team Freshman All-Big 12 (The Sporting News) 2004 Outlook Cornerback Fabian Washington has established himself as one of the top cover men in the Big 12 during his first two years at Nebraska. This season Washington is slated to start at left corner for the third straight year and will look to become a dominant shut-down corner in one of the nation's most talented secondaries. Washington has played in 26 games with 24 starts in his first two seasons in Lincoln and started all 13 games at left cornerback last season. Blessed with excellent speed, the 5-11, 180-pound Washington had a strong off-season in the weight room where he added muscle to match up with larger receivers. The Florida native is a key reason why the Husker secondary is regarded as one of the nation's best units entering the 2004 season. The four projected starters in the secondary have made a combined 61 career starts and have accounted for 27 interceptions and 45 pass breakups. Washington made 55 tackles in 2003 to rank seventh on the team and second among defensive backs. He led the team in pass breakups for the second straight year with 10 deflections, and enters his junior season with 23 career breakups to rank fifth on the Husker charts. Washington picked off four passes for the second straight year and his eight career interceptions place him just outside the school's career top 10 list. His efforts last season helped Nebraska lead the nation with 32 interceptions and also top the country in pass efficiency defense. Washington's effort in Nebraska's defensive success last season was recognized, with his selection as honorable-mention All-Big 12 by the Associated Press and third-team all-league by the conference coaches. As a true freshman, Washington played in 13 games in 2003 with 11 starts, including the final nine games at left cornerback. He finished with 49 tackles (34 solo) and led the team with a Husker freshman-record 13 pass breakups. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions, also a school freshman record. 2003 (Sophomore) Washington started all 13 games at left corner and made 55 tackles, including 36 solos. His 10 pass breakups led the team and his four interceptions tied for second behind Josh Bullocks' school-record 10 picks. He opened the year with a career-high 11 tackles in Nebraska's 17-7 win over Oklahoma State. He helped limit OSU All-American Rashaun Woods to just five catches for 47 yards. Washington had a dominant game in an 18-10 victory over Penn State, with a team-high nine tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss. He nabbed his first interception of the season, had two breakups and added a quarterback hurry. Washington made his second interception of the year in Nebraska's shutout of Troy State, and also recovered a fumble in the game. His third pick of the year and seventh of his career came against Texas A&M, one of eight Husker takeaways on the afternoon. Washington made eight tackles in NU?s loss at Texas, forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss. He picked off his fourth pass of the season in the Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State. In addition to the Penn State game, Washington also broke up two passes against Southern Miss and Iowa State. 2002 (Freshman) Washington emerged as a playmaker in 2002, setting NU freshman records for pass breakups (13) and interceptions (4). His play earned him second-team freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. He also earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the conference coaches. Washington played in 13 games with 11 starts, including the final nine games as Nebraska's top left cornerback. He returned his four interceptions a total of 35 yards, including a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown in his Nebraska debut against Arizona State, when he also had a pair of pass breakups. Washington made 49 tackles on the season, including 34 solo stops and finished the season with five games with five or more tackles. He picked off two passes at Iowa State, and added four tackles and forced a fumble in the game. The performance against ISU moved him into the starting lineup. He made six tackles and recovered a fumble at Oklahoma State, followed by seven tackles and a career-high three pass breakups at Texas A&M. He capped his rookie campaign with a season-high eight stops, including six solos, against Ole Miss in the Independence Bowl. He also had two breakups against the Rebels, the fourth time in 2002 that he broke up two or more passes. Washington was one of five true freshmen to play for Nebraska in 2002, but was the only defender in the group. Before Nebraska (Bayshore HS) Washington was a SuperPrep All-American and was widely regarded as the top defensive back to come out of Florida in 2001. Washington was a standout cornerback and return man for Coach Raymond Woodie at Bayshore High School in Bradenton, Fla., the same hometown as former Husker quarterback Tommie Frazier, who attended Manatee. Former Husker cornerback Leslie Dennis also hailed from Bradenton (Southeast HS) and was Washington?s position coach at Bayshore. Washington totaled 60 tackles with 14 pass breakups and four interceptions as a senior. He scored 10 touchdowns, including five on kick returns. He had three picks and 12 PBU as a junior. He was a four-year starter at corner, a two-year starter at wide receiver and served as the backup quarterback. Washington earned first-team all-state honors as a senior from the Florida High School Coaches Association. Washington also played small forward for his basketball team and placed third in the state in the 100 meters as a junior and was the district champ as a senior. Personal The son of Chandra Washington, Fabian was born on June 9, 1983. He chose Nebraska after also visiting Auburn, Iowa, North Carolina and Michigan State. Washington is majoring in sociology.
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