Video Blog: Washington could give Rebs power, speed

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen

For the past two seasons, Ole Miss fans have been clamoring for a power running back to help round out Hugh Freeze’s offense.

Jordan Wilkins was signed to help provide that extra size on short yardage situations two years ago, while Akeem Judd, who will join the team this summer, was signed most recently from junior college.

Of course I’Tavius Mathers has gained some size since he first arrived in Oxford and he showed in the spring game he’s still got some speed.

Having a bevy of backs is always needed in the SEC, but it is a plus when one back can offer so many different things.

Robert Washington, is a 5-foot-10, 210-pound bruiser, who offers needed size and has more than enough speed to finish in the open field. The North Carolina native was in Oxford a week ago, taking part in the Southern Elite Combine at Lafayette High.

Washington, who is a member of the 2016 signing class, has 31 scholarship offers, including Ole Miss and Mississippi State, among others from the SEC. His most recent offer came from the Florida Gators and he said that he would be cutting down his school list from 31 to 15 in August.

He will graduate from school early, so a final decision is a lot closer than his year in school indicates. Last year, Washington led all sophomores in the nation with 2,512 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was named to the MaxPreps 2013 Sophomore All-American team as a result.

Note: He likes Oxford, Ole Miss, which offered him as an eighth grade, and he has become very close with Lafayette offensive lineman Eli Johnson, who is an Ole Miss pledge for 2016.

Here is an interview with Washington following lunch at last week’s combine.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    Ole Miss still with a 6-6 season

    • Killer_Beeze

      JB…you’re confusing the University of Mississippi with the University at Starkville.
      Avid college football fans read Athlon Sports Magazine.

      2014 College Football Rankings: #18 Ole Miss Rebels –

      • JB

        I’m not a fan of Miss State football, And yes as long as Bo Wallace stays healthy i think the rebel machine will roll, but should , and God forbid, Wallace go down so goes Rebels.In my opinion Wallace is a very good QB in the order of some in the past at Ole Miss.

        • Killer_Beeze

          Well…just WHO are you a fan OF? Your avatar depicts a Rebel flag and one would think that you’re an Ole Miss fan. ‘Fess up JB. You know who I root for. So come clean so we can have a more robust dialogue.

          • JB

            Ole Miss

          • Killer_Beeze

            “Ole Miss still with a 6-6 season”.
            WHAT does that even mean JB? Coach Freeze has had back2back winning seasons. He’s had time to recruit the right players to help him get to the next level: an 8 win season. It is possible…ruling out any key injuries in the process. Quit thinking ‘negative’. We need ‘positive’ thought/energy.
            Hotty Damn Toddy…Ole MIss made it to Omahotty and ended up ranked THE #3 college baseball team in America. Be proud JB.

          • JB

            I am proud and impressed with that rebel Baseball team, i have sit back all the years seeing the rebels get so close to Omaha, but just a bad break here and there sent them home, but not this season. as far the football team i have watched them come up with some very. respectful winning teams but short lived because the coach got the axed, I had alot of respect for Dave Cutcliffe

            and yes Houston Nutt, both put up good winning season, but then they got axed, now for Hugh Freeze, i think he will do good barring injury, Yes an eight (8)win this season is in reach. i think the axe man is gone from Ole Miss. I do have an old Col Reb baseball cap and wear it from time to time. I am a Johnny Reb!! and proud of it. i have followed ole miss since the Jimmy Lear days., i’ll bet you don’t remember King Lear.havw a good day KB, Jb

          • Killer_Beeze

            JB, you are telling your age. :))

            Jimmy Lear
            College Career
            Ole Miss (1950-1952)

            • Red Grange All-America Team (’52)

            • All-SEC (’51, ‘52)

            • Quarterback of Ole Miss’s first undefeated team (regular season) and first Sugar Bowl team (’52)

            • Led Rebels to upset win over defending national champion Maryland, snapping their 22-game unbeaten streak and propelling Ole Miss into the Top 10 for the first time (’52)

            At Greenwood High School, Jimmy Lear was captain of the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. He was named All-Big 8 and All-Southern for football, and All-Big 8 for basketball. In track, Lear set state records in the 100, 220, and 440.

            ***No…I don’t remember him***
            I did the research. He was way before my time. IF you’ve been on board the Rebel Train for that many years, I know you’ve had a lot of UPS & DOWNS. But…never stop believing in the Red & Blue JB.

          • JB

            I am 80 and was at the ole miss maryland game, it had two outstanding QB, Ole miss Lear and Maryland All American Jack Scarbath and also Bear Bryant and his Kentucky Wild Cats with another All American QB Babe Parilli all came to Oxford Those were the days!!!

          • Killer_Beeze

            Well, God bless you JB. May you live to be a healthy 100. You have witnessed the progression of the Rebel football program and it’s had it’s ‘bumps’ in the road. But overall, I think over the last 25 years there have been more good times than bad. Hugh Freeze is born and bread in Mississippi and who knows, he may become the all time winniest coach. Hope we’re both around to see it if it should happen.

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