Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington told his coaches ‘give me the ball’ during the game Saturday against TCU, the coaches obliged and he rewarded their faith with a career day against the No. 3 team in the nation.
Saturday was the first time running backs coach Mike Jinks had witnessed such a feat in his 22 years of coaching.
“You wait for a leader to step up like that and deliver and that’s how you tend to build and become a special football team,” Jinks said.
Washington said when he saw quarterback Patrick Mahomes get banged up early he knew that he had to step up and put the team on his back. Offensive coordinator Eric Morris said you could “legitimately see it in his eyes” that he wanted the football.
It worked. Washington ran for career highs in both yards (188) and touchdowns (four) on 22 carries and caught three passes for 31 yards. He credits this of course to his teammates around him, especially the offensive line and the receivers who “did a hell of a job on the perimeter.”
“You got to be able to go get it. He played like a man, he played like a fifth year senior, and he played like the best player on the football field and he was arguably that definitely for the Red Raiders on that day,” said Jinks (pictured below).
Coach Jinks also gave credit to running back Justin Stockton, who added fuel to the fire and helped by blocking “extremely well” for Washington on some of his long runs. He said that Stockton has transitioned from a situational player to a well-rounded back.
After doubling his touchdowns from last season on Saturday, Washington was relieved after struggling to find the end zone last season.
It wasn’t his career day that coach Jinks was most proud of that day. It was the leadership Washington, and a few other seniors showed at the door of the locker room after a heart wrenching loss.
“[Jared] Kaster, Dre, Le'Raven [Clark] were standing at the door telling people that they got to pick your head up, he said. “That lets me know and us coaches know that we have the chance to do some special things.”
As the team turns their focus to Baylor, Washington said this team is just as hungry to get after another Top 5 team.
“We’ll definitely bounce back,” he said.