Georgia Tech QB Washington hoping for breakout game against Georgia

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington is looking to finally have a breakout game against the in-state arch-rival Bulldogs this weekend.

In his first two outings against Georgia, Washington has rushed on 36 attempts for a combined 114 yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, he’s thrown 11-25 for 135 yards and no touchdowns.

Washington’s performances against the Bulldogs run somewhat parallel to his production this year — full of adversity. But Washington is no stranger to it. His senior season has been filled with highs that peaked with last weekend’s record-setting win over Duke to lows that found him on the bench in favor of backup Vad Lee.

His character through it all, according to his teammates, exemplifies his leadership.

“Even as bad as Tevin has had it this year, he hasn’t wavered one bit,” running back David Sims said. “He’s been more vocal than in the past and has really embraced the leadership role. Even these past couple weeks where Vad has come in, (Washington) was still up and making sure that everyone was going hard. I’m proud of him for that.”

Despite somewhat of a rocky year — 1,042 passing yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions — some teammates said they believe that Washington could go down as one of Georgia Tech’s greatest quarterbacks. He set the school and Atlantic Coast Conference record for career rushing touchdowns (36) by a quarterback, surpassing Josh Nesbitt in last weekend’s win over Duke.

Washington remains humble about the accolades, though, and is putting all of his focus on Saturday’s game in Athens. 

“You always want to be the best at what you do but I’m just trying to go out there and play football,” Washington said. “Our mindset is always that the next game is the biggest game of the year and in this case, it is the biggest game of the year — it’s Georgia.”

Washington was on the sideline as a redshirt the last time the Yellow Jackets won the in-state clash in 2008. A win versus what he calls Georgia Tech’s biggest rival would hold a special place for him as he prepares for his final three collegiate games.

When asked if he’s pondered entering the NFL draft yet, Washington said that it’s crossed his mind but that he wants to wait until the season is over before he makes a decision. 

“I don’t know right now,” he said. “If I feel like I’ve got a good opportunity to go, then I’ll train, but if not, I already got my degree, so I can look forward to networking and trying to find a job with a good opportunity.”

Washington earned a management degree in May and became Tech’s first graduate quarterback since George Godsey in 2001. By doing so, he fulfilled a promise to his family of graduating in four years despite the redshirt.  

The earlier graduation also gave him the opportunity to concentrate exclusively on athletics this fall, something he said was quite beneficial.

“It gave me a chance to sit back and focus solely on football,” Washington said. “I get extra film time and whatnot because I’m not so pressed to get classwork done. This season has been a lot less stressful in that regard.”

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