College: Florida State
Birthday: August 29, 1982
Leon Washington may not be a Jedi, but he can still see things before they happen. Given his shorter stature, think of him though like the Yoda of the Florida State backfield. His instincts to read holes and slice between tacklers makes him a tough man to bring down. Combined with his tendency to always fall forward, Washington’s superior per carry average is no Jedi mind trick.
There are chinks, however, in this knight’s armor. He’s suffered a few on-field, midseason injuries – among them a dislocated elbow and a separated shoulder, both in his right arm – enough to cast doubt on his durability in an NFL 16-game regular season.
When Washington is healthy though, he can do it all – run, catch, block, and even return. Washington set a Seminoles record for single-game punt return yardage in 2004, and he also has a kickoff return for a touchdown on his resume. Special teams aside, when he’s on offense, he wants you to think of Marshall Faulk. Should Washington be able to add about 10 pounds of muscle and run a bit more physical between the tackles, he might look like the second coming of Faulk.
Washington is the type of player a coach like Dom Capers would adore. Persistant about improving himself both on and off the field, he would resemble Domanick Davis should he add the bulk. His cutting ability and multi-dimensional talent would fit well with an offense like the one the Texans employ.
(profile written by Keith Weiland)
Leon Washington’s 2004 Stats G CAR YDS AVG TD 10 138 951 6.9 7 Leon Washington Home