Husker freshman RB Washington has impressed
Adrian Martinez tried as best he could.
When the freshman quarterback first fielded a question about freshman running back Maurice Washington, he tried to keep it simple.
“You guys will find out pretty fast,” Martinez said. “He’s a quick guy, he can move and he’s already picking up on things pretty well. We’re really excited about him. Honestly I can’t say enough good things about the guy.
“I’ll try to keep it down for now.”
He just couldn’t.
“He’s just fast man,” Martinez responded to a follow-up. “He can do a little bit of it all. He’s a damn good player and Husker Nation is really going to love him.”
All aboard the Maurice Washington hype train.
Washington worked all summer to complete high school coursework and was cleared on the eve of fall camp. He arrived here late last week and practiced for the first time on Day 2.
He’s seemingly impressed just about everybody in the program.
Here’s quarterback Tristan Gebbia: “A lot of speed, a lot of tenacity and he’s been really showing us what he can do on the field. We’re excited to obviously see what he can do out in that stadium under the lights.”
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters? “He’s special. When he’s out there, he has another gear. He has some instincts that you just don’t coach. Guys either have it or they don’t.”
This all comes after multiple defensive players brought Washington up on Monday, just the Trinity Christian (Texas) standout’s third day in camp.
Washington is tall and lean. He’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, though he may not weigh quite that much at the moment.
“Ideally we want him to weigh a little more, but he’s out there making plays and looking impressive,” Walters said. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
He wasn’t in the weight program or in Ryan Held’s office asking playbook questions this summer, but that hardly seem seems to have slowed the talk so far.
“I didn’t know what to expect, that was something I was kind of worried about,” Martinez said of Washington’s late arrival. “Obviously he got here and they put him through some testing and some things he needed to do before he could practice and I wasn’t sure.
“When I first handed him off the ball I saw that acceleration and that quickness, we found out.”