Freshman focus: Washington goes out big
November, 28, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
Kirk Irwin/Getty ImagesFreshman DE Adolphus Washington has shown glimpses of a bright future.COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The signs of development were there earlier in the last month of the season.
Urban Meyer joked about the fresh-faced look on one of his young, stud defensive ends had heading into a win over Illinois, and how Adolphus Washington was starting to chip away at it.
By the end of the freshman's first battle with rival Michigan, Washington looked like a full-fledged man -- and at least in a brief spurt, capable of filling the shoes of one of the most decorated linemen in Ohio State history.
The Buckeyes were quite obviously bitterly disappointed not to have two-time captain and Big Ten defensive lineman of the year John Simon on the field with them on Saturday against the Wolverines. But they were able to survive without him thanks largely to the work Washington has done this season to speed up his development and make a contribution.
His sack and forced fumble against the Wolverines might have been the only entry on the stats sheet, but it resonated given the opponent -- and the one-on-one matchup he won against one of the better blockers in the conference. Along with Washington, we wrap up the season-long look at the weekly contributions from the freshmen with a couple others who flashed and made an impact as the perfect record was officially nailed down.
- Position: Defensive lineman
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35