With spring ball in full swing, USFNation got a chance to speak with Bulls cornerback Quenton Washington. The USF senior is a player who has a lot of experience but had not seemed to put it all together until the past season where he made great strides in improving his game and turned it up a notch. In the second half of the season, Washington increased his level of play, showed excellent tackling skills and much better awareness in coverage, culminating in a great bowl performance. With this being his last year as a Bull, Washington hopes to build off that momentum this spring.
You're entering your last season as a USF Bull, how does that feel coming in?
You know it's a good feeling. I've been here for five years and I've put in my work in the program and seeing how it's evolved throughout my five years is a big step. We're taking big steps and it's good to see.
With a big team leader like Mistral Raymond gone, do you see yourself taking that position?
I don't feel like you can replace him but everybody has to step up and do their own thing. I'm not a big talker so I try to let my play speak for myself on and off the field. I just try to do the right things and hopefully people follow behind.
Last year you had a big second half of the season, how do you build upon that momentum going into the Spring Practice?
I do it by just working on the little things like fundamentals and techniques everyday. Everyday talking to Coach Smith, seeing what I need to improve on to get better and make myself the best player I can be.
There are a lot of younger guys in the secondary, how are those guys looking so far?
The younger guys are looking real good. We got Kayvon, we got George, and we have Spencer Boyd who just hurt his hamstring and Ricardo Dixon who came back after Spring Break. They all look real good out there on the field. All of them can play football; it's just getting that experience and getting reps down so they can get everything going.
As a player, what are you looking to improve upon during the Spring Session?
As I said I'm working on just the little things, technique wise, staying square in back pedal, staying square in my shuffle, keeping my hips low, just little things like that and being more physical on the field.
What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
I really don't have any personal goals. I got things that I want to accomplish, but mainly it's just a team thing. I want to win a Big East Championship and see how good this team can really be.