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Darnell Washington

Darnell Washington
No. 80 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (2001-08-17) August 17, 2001 (age 22)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Desert Pines (Las Vegas)
College:Georgia (2020–2022)
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receptions:7
Receiving yards:61
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Darnell Ernest Washington (born August 17, 2001) is an American football tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a two-time CFP national champion while playing college football at Georgia, winning in 2021 and 2022.

Early years

Washington was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 17, 2001. He attended Desert Pines High School, where he played football and basketball.[1] During his time on the football team Desert Pines won back to back state championships in the years 2016–2017.[2] A five-star recruit in football, he committed to play college football at the University of Georgia.[3][4]

College career

As a true freshman at Georgia, Darnell recorded 166 yards on seven receptions.[5]

In Washington's second season he put up 145 yards on nine receptions and scored one touchdown. This touchdown was the first of Washington's career and it came in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama.[6] Washington's longest gain of the season came on a 32 yard reception against Florida. He appeared in seven games and missed time due to having to have surgery for a minor fracture in his foot.[7][8][9] In the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship, Georgia defeated Alabama 33–18.[10]

During Washington's third season, he recorded 28 receptions for 454 yards and two touchdowns.[11] As a result, Washington was named to the Second-team All-SEC.[12] On January 12, 2023, Washington declared for the 2023 NFL draft.[11][13]

Statistics

Georgia Bulldogs
Season Games Receiving
GP Rec Yards Avg TD
2020 4 7 166 23.7 0
2021 8 10 154 15.4 1
2022 15 28 454 16.2 2
Career 27 45 774 17.2 3

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 6+58 in
(2.00 m)
264 lb
(120 kg)
34+38 in
(0.87 m)
11 in
(0.28 m)
4.64 s 1.57 s 2.67 s 4.08 s 31.0 in
(0.79 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[14][15]

Washington was drafted 93rd overall in the 2023 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and on May 12, 2023, he signed his rookie contract.[16]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yds Y/R Lng TD
2023 PIT 17 7 7 61 8.7 12 0
Career 17 7 7 61 8.7 12 0

References

  1. ^ Brewer, Ray (May 20, 2018). "Desert Pines' Darnell Washington 'shocked' by Alabama scholarship offer – High School Sports News –". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Orts, Jason (November 27, 2019). "Unbeaten Desert Pines cruising into state semifinals".
  3. ^ Daniels, Tim (January 2, 2020). "5-Star TE Recruit Darnell Washington Commits to Georgia over Alabama, More". Bleacher Report. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  4. ^ Orts, Jason (January 3, 2020). "Desert Pines football star Darnell Washington signs with Georgia". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  5. ^ Hunte, Sydney (April 7, 2022). "Darnell Washington discusses first 2 years at Georgia, working back from injury to return to field". Saturday Down South. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  6. ^ Culpepper, Chuck; Hill, Glynn A. (December 4, 2021). "Alabama thrashes Georgia's vaunted defense to win SEC championship". Washington Post. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  7. ^ Austin, Brooks (August 18, 2021). "SOURCE: Darnell Washington Undergoes Surgery". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  8. ^ Reno, Harrison (August 17, 2022). "Darnell Washington's NFL Draft is Stock Rising Upon Junior Season". Yardbarker. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  9. ^ Riker, John (April 7, 2022). "Georgia tight end Darnell Washington staying engaged despite leg injury". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ISSN 1539-7459. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  10. ^ Kantowski, Ron (January 15, 2022). "Ex-Desert Pines star Darnell Washington celebrates national title". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  11. ^ a b Morgan, James (January 12, 2023). "Georgia TE Darnell Washington makes NFL draft decision". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  12. ^ Kirby II, Christian (December 8, 2022). "Georgia Tight ends make SEC history". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 23, 2023.
  13. ^ Polacek, Scott (January 12, 2023). "Georgia's Darnell Washington Declares for 2023 NFL Draft After Winning National Title". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  14. ^ "Darnell Washington Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 12, 2023.
  15. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Darnell Washington College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved April 12, 2023.
  16. ^ Kozora, Alex (May 12, 2023). "Steelers Sign 3rd-Round Pick TE Darnell Washington To Four-Year Deal". SteelersDepot.com. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
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