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Excitement Builds Around Washington

August 4, 2017
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Washington at a Rutgers practice

Jerome Washington ’12 and the Rutgers University football team hit the field for the first time together on July 29th for day one of rookie camp. The rest of the Scarlet Knights joined them on July 31st.

In a short span of time Washington displayed a skill set that has people excited about his potential impact on the 148th season of Rutgers football. Keith Sargeant of NJ.com had this to say after Washington’s first team practice:

If the first Rutgers training-camp practice was any indication, Jerry Kill [Rutgers’ offensive coordinator] plans to utilize the tight end. One by one, the Rutgers quarterbacks took a snap, rolled out of the pocket and connected with their big targets in the flat. First it was Nakia Griffin-Stewart who made a grab six yards down the field. Then it was Jerome Washington. And then Myles Nash concluded the drill by hauling in a pass from quarterback Gio Rescigno.

All three tight ends caught the pass in stride and continued running until a coach whistled the play dead. It was only a routine drill in the first hour of Rutgers’ opening practice, but it appeared to be a sign that the Scarlet Knights’ new play-caller means it when he vows to take advantage of his tight ends’ skill sets.

“Our tight end coach said they caught more balls (Monday) than they caught all season last year, so I think we must be making a little progress,” Kill said. “But tight ends will be certainly a part of the offense.”

Rutgers coach Chris Ash, who has seen his share of pro-style tight ends during coaching stops at Wisconsin and Ohio State, said he’s “excited” about the tight end depth.

“The (tight end) room is completely different than it looked like last year, and I’m excited about it,” Ash said before offering a scouting report on each tight end.

Jerome Washington, I thought we had a really good player last year when he was ineligible and just on the scout team. You could see signs of a really good player, especially as we continued to go through the season. He had shoulder surgery in the offseason that kind of limited him early on. But he’s had a great summer and I’m excited to see what he can do. I think he’s going to upgrade our offense.”

In a round table discussion of writers for the Rutgers football SB Nation blog, On the Banks, Aaron Brietman named Washington as the transfer player he is most excited about:

The tight end transfer from Miami hasn’t gotten mentioned much but he brings size and skill to a position that [offensive coordinator Jerry] Kill has said will be much more of a focus this season. He has a real chance to be a breakout star on offense this season.

Washington and the Scarlet Knights open the season on Friday 9/1 at home vs. #8 Washington.

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