Last week I was watching the evening metabolic workouts that the Oklahoma State football players run themselves and work on actual football skills.
The receivers were running a drill along the sidelines working to stay in bounds and going up high for the catch. Throwing the passes was receiver Austin Hays, who was trying to get the ball high enough to challenge the Cowboys standout James Washington. Hays kept overthrowing the ball with no chance for LeBron James to make the catch.
It was time to move on to another drill, but Washington wasn't budging until he made a leaping catch inside the boundary in the drill they were finishing up. Hays finally got a ball that was perfect as Washington was barely able to get his fingertips on it leaping at least a couple of feet off the ground, maybe three or more, and he hauled the ball in.
Told about the drill, Oklahoma State wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn said it doesn't surprise him at all. He's seen that attitude and work ethic all the time from Washington. He knows where it comes from, back home in Stamford, Texas.
Last season, Washington had 53 receptions for 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged over 20 yards a reception. You can expect Washington to have more this season because, as Dunn said, Washington is never standing in the same spot. He's been taught his entire life to keep moving forward. It has made him one of the best wide receivers in the Big 12 and soon people nationally are going to figure out he is one of the best in the nation.