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Red Raider Snapshot: Broderick Washington

Posted: July 12, 2017 - 4:37pm

Broderick Washington

Position: Nose tackle

Ht./wt.: 6-3, 300

Class: Sophomore

High school: Longview

Last year: Washington was in the rotation all season as a redshirt freshman and made his first career start in the season-ending victory against Baylor. He got credit for 14 tackles and a sack for the year.

Outlook for 2017: Washington’s rapidly gained favor for his toughness and leadership and looks ready to step into a full-time starting role. He was one of the team’s eight captains for winter strength and conditioning workouts, he and defensive end Eli Howard being the only two who are sophomores or younger.

That’s an indication of how he’s viewed inside the Tech football building.

Strength and conditioning coach Rusty Whitt calls Washington “the role model in the weight room,” constantly pushing himself and being a vocal leader to teammates. Whitt said Washington should be one of the Big 12’s strongest players physically.

“I like lifting weights,” Washington said. “I guess I’m just that guy that, once I’m in there, I might as well get some work done. And I want to be the strongest guy, so I’m in there pushing myself every day.”

With Tech having lost both starting defensive tackles from last season — Ondre Pipkins was a senior, and Breiden Fehoko transferred to LSU — the Red Raiders can sure use a strong season from Washington. He’ll go into preseason practice as the Red Raiders’ first-team nose tackle, but can play either tackle position.

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— Don Williams, A-J Media

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