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Washington Closing in on Return to the Field

May 9, 2018

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Jerome Washington ’12 is close to returning to the field after a shoulder injury kept him out of spring football practice for Rutgers University. Here is the story on the former Bear from Bobby Deren of ScarletNation.com.

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Year No. 2 on the field will mark the final one for Rutgers tight end Jerome Washington. Last season was his first foray through the Big Ten after transferring in from the University of Miami.

Washington led Rutgers with 28 catches in 2017, but was not able to participate in spring practice because of a shoulder injury, which marked his second one in as many years.

“It is not the same shoulder as last year, it is a different one,” Washington told Scarlet Nation. “But I feel like I will be ready for summer.”

While Washington collected a team high in receptions, he is not resting on the laurels of that performance.

“I think athletically, I can improve in the summer,” he said. “So I am looking to also improve football IQ wise, watching more film is an important thing. I think I can definitely improve in a lot of aspects.”

The Rutgers offense was very tight end friendly last season, as the group caught a total of 43 passes. This year, it figures to be an even friendlier version with former NFL tight ends coach John McNulty serving as the new offensive coordinator.

“It is definitely nice to have him,” Washington said of McNulty. “I try to pick his brain and learn a lot of stuff from him that I might not learn myself by watching. It is definitely good to have coaches like Coach McNulty and Coach Okruch, who have a lot of information and have both been around the game for a while that can really teach you things.”

While Washington looked on during spring practice, he kept an eye and an ear out for the new offensive scheme Rutgers will be running.

“I just paid attention, so I was hearing the calls and getting them down and know how they are being said in the huddle so I can pick up the plays when I come back.”

Washington will soon return as the starter, but he is in good company at the tight end position. Soophomore Travis Vokolek having a very good spring while junior Nakia Griffin-Stewart also made some plays.

“All the tight ends caught a lot of balls this spring. I think that is definitely the plan,” Washington said.  “I think we have a huge emphasis in the offense and we just have to continue to get better and make sure we know our assignments so we are ready to play.”

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