Now he hopes to end his time in scarlet and gray on another.
In his first collegiate game in 2007, Washington caught a 37-yard touchdown pass against Youngstown State. Unfortunately for Washington, highlights after that are harder to find. It's been an inconsistent career in scarlet and gray for Washington, and he's eager to make his senior season special.
"I went through a lot of adversity, but at the same time there's been some good and bad things that have happened," Washington said.
Washington's freshman season had most of the aforementioned good. He finished the campaign with three receptions for 40 yards in five games. The 6-1, 181-pounder did not fare much better as a sophomore, appearing in nine games without catching a pass while playing mainly on special teams.
Washington appeared to be primed for a breakout season as a junior after a 2009 spring in which he impressed. He was the leading receiver in the spring game, hauling in four passes for a game-high 92 passes, including a touchdown. The Orchard Park, Mich., product found himself as a starter in the season opener against Navy, but after a pair of drops – including one in the midst of the Midshipmen's fourth-quarter comeback – Washington slid down the depth chart.
Washington admitted to thinking about transferring as his playing time shrank last fall.
"I thought about it a little bit, but it was just out of frustration," Washington said. "I think that was the biggest thing: It was just out of frustration."
That frustration subsided a little bit at the end of the season when Washington found himself starting again – in the Rose Bowl, no less. Washington rose to the No. 3 receiver again when Ray Small and Duron Carter were ruled ineligible. Washington did not catch any passes in the Buckeyes' 28-17 victory, but his blocking was praised by coaches.
"It was a great feeling," Washington said. "It wasn't about how many passes I got or anything. I thought I played well in the game because of my blocking for my teammates."
Now with Carter still sidelined with alleged academic eligibility issues, Washington appears to have a final chance to make a name for himself as a Buckeye.
"I'm very energized," Washington said.
Washington has been focused on the little things during the offseason and so far during spring workouts. Consistency has been Washington's biggest downfall as a Buckeye.
"That's was my biggest thing," Washington said. "I work on it every day, try to be consistent. I write it down on my goal sheet: ‘Be consistent. Focus. Do the little things.' "
"I still need to work harder," Washington added. "There are days where I need to focus a little bit more, but as far as this spring and right now I feel like I'm on the right track."
Washington's position coach, Darrell Hazell, agreed with that last assessment.
"He's done a good job the first couple of weeks here, and we need him to keep going and getting better each week and playing with a little bit more power," Hazell said.
"But he's been pretty consistent."
Hazell knows Washington could be a key to the Ohio State offense having success this fall.
"Hopefully he can give us some depth this year," Hazell said. "We need him to give us some depth this year."