Shaquille Washington had a breakout campaign in 2013, tallying the fifth-best single-season effort in Cincinnati history with 78 receptions. His catches went for 783 yards and a touchdown. He also saw time at QB, throwing a touchdown pass at Rutgers and averaging 13.4 yards per carry on the ground, scoring a touchdown in the Belk Bowl against North Carolina.
Insider asked how Washington feels he can improve on last season?
"I feel it's so much stuff I could've did better! that I'm working on and perfecting now," he said. "I feel like last year could have been so much better."
Washington has been giving an extra year to work on getting better. In February, he was giving a hardship waiver in accordance with NCAA Bylaw 14.2.4. Asked what this extra year means to him?
"Just gives me another opportunity to prove myself on the college level," said Washington. "I like last year was just a coming out party, feel like I have a lot more I can improve on."
The Bearcats had some quarterback battles going into the 2013 season and again we have one going into this season with Gunner Kiel and Jarred Evans. Washington spoke on the current state of who will probably be throwing him the ball this season.
"Its competition...whoever comes out on top that's what it is," Washington explained. "But right now we have to focus on what we have to do individually. You can't worry about the quarterback situation if your not handling yours."
With renovations started on UC's Nippert Stadium, the Cats will play all home games this season at Paul Brown Stadium; home of the Cincinnati Bengals. They say there's no place like home and Washington feels that way about Nippert.
"We're kind of disappointed we are not playing at Nippert, you know that's home. We love getting the student body out there, but we still have to take care of business whether it's at Paul Brown or Nippert."