Washington Living His Dream

Defensive back Demond Washington talks about getting ready for his first game as an Auburn football player.

Auburn, Ala.--As a standout running and quarterback back at Tallassee High, just 30 minutes from Auburn, speedy Demond Washington dreamed of one day playing for the Auburn Tigers in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

After two seasons at Gulf Coast Community College in Mississippi, where he played both running back and cornerback, Washington will line up on defense Saturday night when the Tigers take on Louisiana Tech in the 2009 season opener.

Currently a second-team performer at cornerback working behind Neiko Thorpe, Washington is a player that should see plenty of action on defense as well as special teams for Auburn immediately in his first season.

That's something that Washington didn't expect when he signed with the Tigers in February after backing off an early commitment to Ole Miss. Originally he was scheduled to play offense for the Tigers, but a lack of depth on defense left his move to cornerback the obvious choice for Gene Chizik and his staff. It's a move that Washington says he's still getting used to every day.

"I have come a long way," Washington notes "I know when I first got here I was frustrated. I didn't know the plays and I was struggling to learn them. I think I've come a long way."

Demond Washington

Helping in his adjustment period has been Chizik, a veteran defensive back coach, along with position coach Phillip Lolley and senior Walter McFadden. Washington says that he's gotten help from a variety of sources, but Lolley has been the difference for him in getting ready to play right away after making the quick adjustment back to defense.

"The toughest part is that at Gulf Coast I really wasn't a set corner," Washington points out. "The toughest part is that the whole DB thing is just hard. I've got a great coach. He's taught me everything. I've been a good student and learned so it's come easy for me."

Getting ready for his first game at Auburn, Washington says his biggest focus now is just to play well on Saturday because he knows that he'll be pumped up. Not many people can say they get to live out their dreams, but for Washington that will happen Saturday at 6:05 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally vs. Louisiana Tech on ESPNU.

"Everybody is really excited," Washington says. "The excitement is incredible. It's our first game. My first SEC game. I'm pretty excited about it."

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