We continue our series looking at the most important players projected to suit up for Texas Tech this season. This is not a list of the most talented players, but rather a breakdown of which guys stand to make the most impact either by their presence or absence.
No. 20: Running Back DeAndre Washington
The 5-foot-8, 190-pound redshirt junior out of Missouri City, Texas has been a staple in the Red Raiders backfield for two of the last three years.
As a freshman in 2011, Washington rushed for 366 yards and three touchdowns and was named All-Big 12 honorable mention. Washington suffered an ACL injury at the end of the 2011 season which sidelined him for the entire 2012 season. Last season, he bounced back with 485 rushing yards and four touchdowns including a memorable 48 yard touchdown reception against TCU.
With fellow running back Kenny Williams presumably playing on defense as well as taking snaps on offense, Washington could very well be Tech’s go to back in 2014.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has said in several interviews that the Red Raiders will need to improve their run game this fall in order to utilize his offense to the fullest extent. With Washington’s speed and agility coupled with Williams’ power running game and Quinton White’s juking/spinning moves, the running game has a good shot at being improved from 2013.
One of Washington’s best games so far in his career was in Norman, Oklahoma (2011) where he had a career high 16 carries en route to the Red Raiders 41-38 win over No. 3 Oklahoma.
Look for Washington to become a huge factor in Texas Tech’s 2014 offense. He’s a speedy back that can run on the outside and catch balls in the backfield. He may not be a 1000 yard rusher, but he’s very versatile and is a veteran back on an offense looking to improve its running game from last year.
Check out his two deep profile from last year here: