Washington Comes up With the Big Play

One of the bright spots from the Bulls loss to Pitt Thursday was the special teams play by redshirt freshman Quenton Washington that resulted in a Bulls touchdown. Washington showed the speed that dazzled coaches during his recruitment, and it was the type of play Bulls fans had hoped for from the freshman.

The play came on Pittsburgh's second possession, after a three and out, the redshirt freshman blocked a punt that fellow redshirt freshman Carlton Sinclair picked up and scampered 26 yards to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead.

"It felt real good. I knew that if he was going to block down on me, he wasn't going to be able to catch me, I just used my speed and shot the gap, and tried to get my hand on the ball."


The 5-foot-10, 183 pound freshman nearly had two punt blocks on the night. On Pitts first possession after a three and out, Washington shot in and should have blocked the punt, but was too fast and over ran the ball and was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul for roughing the punter.


"I should've blocked it," said Washington.  "That was on me, there's no excuse."


Looking for a special team spark, coaches inserted Quenton into the punt block formation to try and take advantage of his speed. Something that Washington has show all through practice.


"Last year when I was redshirting they used to put me in there to block punts, and coach told me to go line up and do what I do on the scout team, and that's exactly what I did"


 After the North Fort Myers High School graduate blocked the punt, the ball bounced to another redshirt freshman, Charlton Sinclair who raced 29 yards for the score and an early 7-0 lead.


"It's always good to have one of my classmates come through, somebody that's trying to get playing time like me. After the play he came up to me and thanked me for blocking hit."


The Bulls, trailed Pitt for most of the game before taking the lead with 5.57 left, only to see Pitt score 1:04 minutes later and a 26-20 final.


"It's rough and we got in a little situation with the kick-off going out of bounds, but that's no excuse, we still have to step up and stop them."


Some of the Bulls key defenders were banged up for the game, but the freshman say's that's no excuse for what happened.


"We had a lot of people hurt, but that's no excuse, people get hurt and the people who step in are supposed to step up and pick up where the last person left off. We had a few missed cues that led to big plays, we just got to get stuff fixed and corrected and we'll be alright."


With a bye week coming up, Washington and his teammates will have to wait before they can get on the field and put this one behind them.  "I like to get right back on the field, because you don't get rid of that feeling until you play another game, and I just want to get back out there."


With the dreams of a perfect season now over, Washington said the team goals are still to win the BIG EAST, and that it's still within their sights.


 "The loss hurts, and we just got to go back, regroup and we'll get back on track."



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