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Washington Earns Walter Camp Recognition

James Washington's career-best performance of nine catches for 296 yards and two touchdowns was good enough to earn him the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.

The first two games left Oklahoma State preseason All-Big 12 and potential All-American wide receiver with 10 receptions for 103 yards and fans shaking their head wondering where the big-play, highlight-reel Washington was hiding.

The Southeastern Louisiana game was a blowout and nobody posted big numbers, and Central Michigan did a good job of shifting their coverage heavily at Washington causing Jalen McCleskey to get so many targets. Then came yesterday and Pittsburgh and the fast start with the 91-yard touchdown reception on the first play.

Washington had over 100 yards in the first quarter and 231  receiving yards by halftime. He finished with nine catches for 296 yards and two touchdowns. Washington was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

The Stamford, Texas product’s 296 receiving yards are by far the most in a single game for any player in the nation this season, 83 yards greater than the second-highest total. Washington’s figure is the most for any FBS player since Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon had 369 receiving yards against Indiana on Oct. 19, 2013.

Averaging 32.9 yards per reception, Washington set a single-game school record (minimum seven catches) in that category. It also marked the third time in his career that he has averaged more than 32 yards per catch in a game. No other Cowboy has accomplished that feat more than once.

Washington opened Saturday’s game in style, running down a deep post from Mason Rudolph and taking it to the end zone for a 91-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. It was the second-longest pass reception in school history. He later added catches of 50 yards, 43 yards, 35 yards, 29 yards and 25 yards, among other receptions.

Three weeks into the season, Washington leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally in both receiving yards (399) and receiving yards per game (133.0).


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