Washington Staying To Get His Degree

James Washington says that earning his degree is one of the reasons he will be returning to Oklahoma State in 2017.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington also announced that he will stay for his senior season next year as the native of Stamford, Texas announced side-by-side with the quarterback that has connected with him more than any other in Mason Rudolph. One of the most exciting deep passing duos in college football in recent years will continue doing more of the same in 2017.

"It could be really special," Washington said. "We will have a lot of weapons back and we could win, a national championship, Big 12 championship, who knows what we will be able to accomplish depending on how the team comes together."

Washington was answering a question on how his announcement along with Mason Rudolph compared to a similar announcement made after the 2010 Alamo Bowl win over Arizona when quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon announced after the game and after they returned to Stillwater that they would be back. The next season the Cowboys went 12-1 and won the Big 12, just missed the BCS National Championship Game and did win the Fiesta Bowl over Stanford in overtime. 

The 6-0, 205-pound Washington said he will get his degree in May and he is excited about having the diploma.

"A college degree is something they can never take away from you," Washington said.

Of course, neither is a season full of big catches and lots of long balls. Washington is good at catching them all and Rudolph adept at targeting Washington. This season he has 62 receptions for 1,209 yards and nine touchdowns going into the Alamo Bowl on Thursday. On his career, Washington has 143 catches for 2,752 yards and 25 touchdowns. He is averaging 19.2 yards per catch in his career.

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