Derrick Washington
Derrick Washington


Raymore, Mo.

High School:




· 2009 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Coaches)

· 2009 4th-Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)

· 2008 2nd-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches)

· 2008 2nd-Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)

· 2008 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Associated Press)

· 2008 Team Co-Offensive Back of the Year

· 2008 Spring Team Most Improved Tailback


One of the top backs in the Big 12 Conference, and likely one of the most versatile in the nation who can impact a game in both the running and passing attack ... Is the best combination of running and pass-catching threat out of the backfield that Mizzou has had in a long while, and his presence in the lineup gives MU another legitimate receiving threat that they can line up wide if needed ... Has a great combination of size, speed and vision that fits well with MU's cutback philosophy with its line splits and running lanes ... Is also a very dependable and sure-handed protector of the ball, as he's fumbled only 6 times in his 468 career touches (403 rushes, 65 receptions), with MU losing only 3 of those fumbles ... With 2,085 rushing yards to his credit, he is only the 12th Tiger to amass 2,000 yards rushing, and he enters the 2010 season ranking 10th all-time in rushing yards.


Led Mizzou in rushing for the second straight year as he carried a career-high 190 times and netted 865 yards and 10 touchdowns, while catching 26 passes for 156 yards ... Also did a nice job of providing protection when called upon for QB Blaine Gabbert in the pocket with his blocking efforts ... Was his best in Mizzou's big rivalry game with Kansas, when he keyed MU's 41-39 victory by running for 111 yards on 15 carries (7.4 ypc) in the game ... Scored twice in the win over KU on runs of 1 yard in the 2nd quarter and 14 yards in the 3rd quarter ... Later, with the game on the line and MU trailing 39-38 and facing a crucial 3rd-and-2 from the KU 32-yardline, he rambled 27-yards down to the KU 5-yardline in the final minute to set up the game-winning field goal ... Was at his best in crunch time all season long as each of his four longest runs of the year came in the fourth quarter of play (42 yards at Nevada, 32 vs. Illinois, 27 vs. Kansas and 23 vs. Nebraska) and he averaged 6.1 yards per rush in the 4th quarter for the year ... Had 14 carries for 61 yards in the season opener against Illinois, including a 32-yard run in the third quarter ... Rushed for 120 yards on a career-high 23 carries against Bowling Green ... It was his fourth 100-yard game of his career ... Scored his first TD of the year on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter against BGSU, giving Missouri its first lead of the day ... Ran the ball 15 times for 45 yards against Furman ... Scored his 20th career TD on a one-yard run against Furman ... Had 75 yards on 16 carries against Nevada, Including a season-long 42-yard rush ... Ran for 80 yards on 20 carries against Nebraska on Oct. 8 ... Gained 35 yards on 10 rushes against Oklahoma State ... Scored his third TD of the year from one-yard out early in the second quarter against OSU ... Had 11 carries for 35 yards against Texas on Oct. 24 ... Was one yard shy of his second 100-yard game this season, carrying the ball 22 times for 99 yards against Colorado ... Put the Tigers on the scoreboard with a one-yard rush on the opening drive against CU ... Copied that by scoring on a one-yard TD run on the opening drive against Baylor on Nov. 1, his fifth touchdown of the year and 23rd of his career ... Also caught three passes for 21 yards against Baylor ... Rushed for 68 yards on 13 carries (5.2 ypc) against Kansas State on Nov. 14 ... Scored two touchdowns against KSU, both coming in the fourth quarter on runs of four and 13 yards ... Rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries against Iowa State, all in the first half as an injury kept him out of the second half ... Scored a touchdown on a three-yard run in the first quarter to put the Tigers on the board against ISU ... Had his left knee scoped over the off-season to clean up some nagging issues that affected him during the last half of the 2008 season, and he was held out of drills for the first half of spring camp, but he returned to finish out the spring and was completely healthy come fall.


Was outstanding in his first year as a starting tailback, as he won 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors by running for 1,078 yards and 17 touchdowns (just 1 rushing TD shy of the MU single-season record) ... Became only the 8th running back in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a season ... Also established himself as one of the best pass-catching backs in the Big 12 Conference, with his 29 receptions for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns ... His 19 total touchdowns scored tied the MU single-season record held by Brad Smith (19 in 2003) ... Finished the year ranked 4th in the Big 12 (58th in the NCAA) with his per-game rushing average of 74.00 yards, and he also ranked 9th in the Big 12 and 32nd nationally with his average of 8.14 points scored per contest ... Was completely dependable holding onto the ball, as he fumbled only once in his 177 carries (it was recovered by the Tiger offense) ... Did all of this with a knee that was bothering him slightly through the last half of the season ... Had three 100-yard outings that highlighted his ability to impact the Tiger fortunes - MU was 3-0 in those games ... Recorded the Tigers' first TD in each of their first four games, with all four coming on MU's first drive of the game ... Carried the ball 19 times for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Illinois ... Scored MU's first TD of the year on a seven-yard run in the first quarter ... Added another score on a 40-yard run later in the first half ... Scored two touchdowns (five yards and 28 yards) against Southeast Missouri State, gaining 67 yards on eight carries (8.4 yards per carry) ... Added two touchdowns against Nevada, rushing for 75 yards on eight carries (9.4 yards per carry) ... Scored on a 59-yard run on the fourth play from scrimmage against Nevada, which was the longest regular-season rushing TD since 2005 (Brad Smith, 79 yards vs. Nebraska) ... Added a two-yard TD run in the second quarter ... Ran the ball 18 times for 89 yards against Buffalo, scoring twice ... Ran for a career-high 139 yards on 14 carries against Nebraska, good for an average of 9.9 yards per rush ... Scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter and then added a 43-yard scoring run in the third quarter .... Also had a seven-yard TD reception against the Huskers ... Scored at least two TDs in each of the Tigers' first five games ... Was held in check against Oklahoma State, gaining just 11 yards on eight rushing attempts ... Scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter against OSU ... Carried the ball seven times for 17 yards against Texas ... Scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter, his 12th rushing TD of the year ... Rushed for 83 yards on 17 carries against Colorado ... Scored on a three-yard run against CU ... Rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries against Baylor ... Did not score at BU, his first game this year without a TD ... Rushed for 75 yards on 17 carries against Kansas State ... Scored the first TD of the game against KSU on a six-yard run ... Ran the ball 11 times for 130 yards (11.6 yards per rush average) against Iowa State ... The 130 yards matches his second highest total in his career ... Scored twice, first from two-yards out and then on a 52-yard run ... Carried the ball 11 times for 54 yards and one touchdown against Kansas ... Rushed for 29 yards on 10 carreies against Oklahoma ... Closed with a 44-yard rushing game in Mizzou's Alamo Bowl win against Northwestern ... Emerged from a spirited battle in spring camp with senior Jimmy Jackson, as the starter at the tailback position, as he holds down the No. 1 spot on the depth chart entering fall camp ... Demonstrated that versatility in spring scrimmages, and closed spring down by posting solid numbers in the spring game (7 rushes for 35 yards and 1 TD, coupled with 4 receptions for 37 yards).


Prolific high school running back who pulled his redshirt in game #3, and contributed more and more as he got his footing ... Ended the season as the team's 5th-leading rusher, with 184 yards and 1 TD, while catching 10 passes out of the backfield for 70 yards and 1 touchdown ... Saw his first collegiate action against Western Michigan ... Ran three times for 12 yards against the Broncos ... Ran for a career-high 66 yards on nine carries against Texas Tech ... Averaged nine yards a carry in first half against TTU ... Was one of the Tigers called upon to run the ball while TB Tony Temple was sidelined with injury for OU and TTU games ... Carried just once for four yards against Iowa State ... Caught 4 passes for 30 yards in the Tigers' win over Texas A&M ... Was the leading rusher against Colorado, gaining 48 yards on eight carries ... Scored his first career TD on a three-yard scoring run against CU ... Carried the ball three times for 14 yards against Kansas State ... Scored his second career touchdown on a three-yard pass play against Kansas that gave the Tigers a 28-7 lead late in the quarter.


Rated by Rivals as the No. 5 overall prospect (any position) in the state of Missouri, as well as the No. 20 running back prospect in the nation ... Ranked by Super Prep as the No. 50 overall prospect (any position) in the Midlands region ... Was a key figure to one of the most dominant team periods in Missouri history, as Ray-Pec won three straight Class 5 titles from 2004-06, on a combined record of 36-3 ... Had 5,500 yards from scrimmage and 83 TDs in his impressive career, twice being named the Kansas City offensive player of the year ... Scored an unreal 12 combined TDs in those three title games (eight TD rushes, two pass receptions, one punt return and one fumble return) ... Was a man among boys as he almost single-handedly led his team to a 42-32 win in the 2006 Class 5 state title game against Kirkwood ... Scored five of his team's six TDs in the game, on three runs (13, 1 and 65 yards in length), one pass reception (23 yards), and for good measure, he added a 68-yard punt return for a TD with just 1:59 left in the game to ice the championship ... Ended the day with 174 yards rushing, and he also forced and recovered a fumble on defense, as well, as Ray-Pec ended the year with a 10-3 record ... Rushed for 1,930 yards and 31 TDs as a senior in 2006, and also caught 22 receptions for 347 yards and eight TDs, on his way to earning Class 5 offensive player of the year honors ... Also scored four TDs in the 2005 Class 5 title game (won by Ray-Pec, 43-21 over McCluer North), on runs of 1, 5, and 34 yards, and a fourth coming on a 48-yard pass from Mizzou TE Chase Coffman's brother, Carson ... Had 99 yards rushing and 115 yards receiving on the day, as Ray-Pec closed the season with a perfect 13-0 record ... Had nearly 2,300 yards from scrimmage as a junior, as he rushed for 1,326 yards (averaging a whopping 15.1 yards per attempt) and 22 TDs, while catching 31 passes for 861 yards (27.8 avg.) and seven more TDs ... Also scored three TDs as a sophomore in 2004 in the Class 5 state title game, in leading Ray-Pec to a 37-18 win over McCluer North ... Scored on runs of two and 10 yards, and later on a 15-yard fumble recovery ... A well-rounded athlete who also lettered in basketball and track for his school ... High school coach - Tom Kruse.


Parents - Donald & Sarah Washington ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Colorado State and Kansas, among others.

WASHINGTON Career Statistics

G-GS Rush-Yds. Avg. TDs Long Rec.-Yds TDs Long

2007 12-0 36-184 5.1 1 20 10-70 1 25

2008 14-14 177-1,078 5.9 17 59 29-277 2 28

2009 13-13 190-865 4.6 10 42 26-156 0 36

Totals 39-27 403-2,085 5.2 28 59 65-503 3 36

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