September 10, 2008

Washington finds consistency at corner

The 2007 season was like a rollercoaster ride for Marcus Washington.

The 5-10, 180-pounder was in and out of the starting lineup seven times a year ago but seems to have his locked down his right cornerback slot with his dependable play thus far.

"Consistency is something I am really trying to focus on this year," Washington said. "Last year I was kinda young and had some inconsistent times and wasn't doing my job all the time. Now I am focusing on doing my job the best that I can."

Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom said Washington has improved his overall skills and shown the ability to defend the run, an area he lacked in seasons past.

"I've always liked that Marcus has always been a pretty good cover corner," Croom said. "But I think he has improved his toughness, mental and physical toughness, in order to become an all-around corner. He is able to play the running game and the passing game."

Washington has made four tackles and broken up one pass in two games this season. For his career, Washington has appeared in 26 games earning nine starting calls. He has totaled 54 tackles, five pass deflections, four tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries-returning one for a touchdown and an interception.

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