Missouri tailback Derrick Washington (24) celebrates his go-ahead touchdown against Bowling Green in 2009. Washington has been "permanently suspended" from the Missouri football program. (Photo by Ross Taylor)
Two weeks ago, Missouri tailback Derrick Washington was a team captain and one of the stars of fall camp. As of Wednesday morning, Washington is now “permanently suspended” from the Missouri football program, according to an MU Athletic Department news release. The release also states that the decision will not affect his existing athletic scholarship.
Washington is currently facing a felony deviate sexual assault charge that resulted his suspension. The burden of filling his shoes falls on a talented but inexperienced corps of sophomore Kendial Lawrence, junior De’Vion Moore, and true freshmen Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy.
We’ll have much more on Washington and the Missouri tailback situation in our KBIA Sports Extra Podcast later today. But for now, Derrick Washington, this is your career:
– Nov. 15: Sees his first action in a 52-24 win against Western Michigan, rushing three times for twelve yards.
— Oct. 20: Gets his first extended action as part of Missouri’s running back by committee in the absence of the injured Tony Temple. He runs nine times for 66 yards as the Missouri rushing game is the star of the show in a 41-10 pummeling of Texas Tech.
— Nov. 3: Scores the first touchdown of his career late in a 55-10 blowout of Colorado in a long-since-emptied Folsom Field. Washington takes the handoff from Chase Patton and powers through a defender at the goalline to cap off an eight-carry, 48-yard evening.
— Nov. 24: Sees only two touches in “Armageddon at Arrowhead,” though his three-yard touchdown reception on a swing pass from Chase Daniel puts Missouri ahead three touchdowns late in the third quarter.
– Gives Missouri its third-straight individual 1,000-yard rushing season (Tony Temple 2006-07)
— Aug. 30: Has his first 100-plus yard rushing game in the season opener, putting up 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-42 win against Illinois.
— Sept. 13: Against Nevada, takes the fourth play from scrimmage 59 yards off-tackle for a touchdown in Missouri’s 69-17 rout of Nevada at Faurot Field. Washington finishes the day with 75 yards on eight carries.
– Oct. 4: Exploits major holes in the Nebraska defense for the best day of his career in Missouri’s first win in Lincoln, Neb., in 30 years. He averages nearly ten yards per carry as he runs for a career-high 139 yards on 14 carries, including two touchdowns.
– Oct. 11-18: His two-game disappearance, no matter who is faulted, becomes evident as he rushed for only 28 combined yards on 15 combined carries in Missouri’s losses to Oklahoma State and Texas.
— Nov. 15: Has his first 100-yard, two-touchdown day (128 yards and two TDs) in six games as Missouri clenches its second-consecutive Big 12 North title with a 52-20 win at Iowa State.
— Nov. 29-Dec. 29: Is largely quiet in the final three games of the season, never rushing for more than 54 yards in a game and totaling only one touchdown in that timespan. He rushes for 44 yards in the 2008 Alamo Bowl against Northwestern to push him to 1,036 yards for the season.
– Sept. 12: Is instrumental in Missouri’s come-from-behind 27-20 victory against Bowling Green. Washington scores the go-ahead touchdown with less than six minutes remaining and finishes the evening with 120 yards on 23 carries.
— Oct. 8: Receives 20 carries in a memorably-soaked Thursday night game against Nebraska.
— Oct. 17-24: Once again is limited in effectiveness in losses against Oklahoma State and Texas, carrying a combined 21 times for 70 combined yards and one touchdown.
— Oct. 31: Like the rest of the Missouri offense, he returns to form as Missouri storms out to an early lead at Colorado. Washington opens the scoring five minutes into the game with a one-yard touchdown run and finishes with 99 yards on 22 carries.
— Nov. 14-21: Has two very quietly efficient games against Kansas State and Iowa State, finishing with a yards-per-carry average more than 5.0 in both games. He combines for 130 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns in the two games, despite missing much of the second half against Iowa State with an injury.
— Nov. 28: Has one of the most memorable days of his career, as his 111 yards and one touchdown against Kansas on 15 carries are instrumental in Missouri’s thrilling 41-39 comeback victory in Kansas City. Washington leaves perhaps his most enduring image, as on 3rd-and-2 with Missouri trailing late, Washington pulls away from a pack of defenders and runs a 27-yard gain to set up Grant Ressel’s game-winning field goal.
— Dec. 31: In what ultimately proves to be his final game as a Missouri Tiger, Washingotn rushes 11 times for 62 yards in an all-too-forgettable 35-13 Texas Bowl loss to Navy.