CARSON, Calif. — Newberry College wide receiver Corey Washington has been making an impact during practices this week for the third annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and his next chance to impress scouts nationwide will come in a game situation on Saturday.
From the beginning of the broadcasts of the two days of practice shown on ESPNU, it was clear Washington was making an impression on the scouts and the coaches for his American team. Dennis Green is the head coach of the team and Washington’s position coaches are Andre Reed and Matthew Hatchette.
In an interview with ESPNU’s Quint Kessenich at the top of the first broadcast of practices, coach Green was asked what he was telling young players trying to impress scouts and front office personnel. “It doesn’t matter if the ‘N’ on your helmet stands for Newberry or Nebraska, you’ve got a shot.”
During Thursday’s practice sessions, the ESPN analysts including Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard and draft analyst Todd McShay raved about Washington’s improvement and skill for the majority of the broadcast, especially following a tough touchdown reception in a short yardage drill.
Washington was one of the nation’s most electric players at the receiver position and a first team DAKTRONICS all-Super Region Two selection. He became just the second Newberry player in 100 years to score 100 points in one season with 16 touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions.
In the Wolves’ 12 games, Washington caught 44 passes for 839 yards and a school single-season record 13 touchdowns. He also returned a punt 85-yards for a touchdown in the regular season finale against North Greenville and had a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns in the playoff game at Carson-Newman. He was the only player in the South Atlantic Conference to earn player of the week honors at different positions, with offensive honors for the Brevard game and special teams honors for the North Greenville game.
His 13 touchdown receptions this year ranked second in the conference and 10th in the nation.
He is one of only four players in the 28-year history of the SAC to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. He is tied with West Texas A&M’s Nathan Slaughter for the most special teams returns for touchdowns this season with three, although Washington’s came on only five special teams plays.
His 839 receiving yards this year tied with NFL tight end Brandon Bostick’s 2010 season for third-most in a season at Newberry. In his two-year career at Newberry, the junior college transfer had 95 receptions for 1,615 yard and 22 touchdowns. He ranks ninth in career receptions, seventh in career yardage and second in career touchdowns at Newberry.
Washington was a first team all-SAC selection this season after earning second team honors in 2012.