The Freshman Fifteen - Jakarrie Washington

Although a late commit to Wisconsin's 2013 class, Jakarrie Washington has wasted little time in becoming involved in Wisconsin's special teams and in certain defensive packages. Badger Nation gets to know the freshman cornerback a little better in the return of our popular feature.

MADISON - Wednesday turned out to be a pretty big day for cornerback Jakarrie Washington.

After playing in the first four games of the season, including making a tackle in each of the last three, Washington is gearing up for the Ohio State Buckeyes, excited for the opportunity to play in a big-time college football environment and be a contributor on defense and special teams.

"It's a really good feeling that the coaches could trust me on the field being a true freshman," said Washington. "Either way, it's a great feeling because they believe in me to be able to help in a game."

Then on Wednesday night, Washington got word that his prep teammate and good friend Lubern Figaro decided that reignited their high school connection over the next three seasons would be a good thing, as the three-star defensive back became the 14th commit to the Badgers.

A two-time all-state selection, Washington put up some solid numbers playing next to Figaro last season, recording approximately 20 tackles and two interceptions despite being hardly challenged, and the duo are hoping to rekindle that chemistry.

Returning for a fourth season, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.

Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Washington: The difference is you are really on your own, so you just have to get used to that. You don't really have the help from your parents, so you have to get use to becoming your own man.

What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?

Washington: The intensity has just been picked up. It's more fast paced, so you have to be able to react and see everything in a faster way and a different way.

Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?

Washington: I feel like I have gotten bigger and stronger. The strength and conditioning coach (Evan Simon) really got us prepared and ready for the season.

What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what your biggest areas of weaknesses?

Washington: Strengths are my will to keep playing hard and keep playing every down. Weakness I wouldn't really know. I like to think that I don't have any weaknesses.

How is Madison different than your home town of Everett, MA? What's the biggest difference?

Washington: Everett is basically near Boston, so home is a bigger city, but it's not too much of a difference. I've really enjoyed being here.

Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?

Washington: I am thinking of either majoring in business or sociology.

What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Washington: I really don't have one. I really just like to go all around, go everywhere from the Terrace, State Street or go play basketball.

What's your least favorite place on campus?

Washington: I am going to say everywhere away from the State Street area. The only place I really want to go is State Street, home or Camp Randall to practice.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Washington: I like to play video games against the guys, chill or go out to eat. We just find something to do as a group.

Who are you living with this fall? How are those relationships?

Washington: This fall I am living with T.J. Watt. It's good. We have a great understanding. I don't know how to explain it. We just have a good relationship.

What's the most interesting thing you've learn about T.J.?

Washington: He's really messy. It's hard to keep things organized with him.

Who was your big brother and was the biggest thing you learned from him?

Washington: My big brother was Peniel Jean. He just kept me motivated. He told me to keep playing every day, just get better every day and keep telling me what I needed to do.

Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?

Washington: It comes from my family. Just my mother, my grandmother, my uncle, my brothers, my other uncle just support me. They call me every day, text me every day just to give me support. Even though they can't come to every game, they still text and say, "Even though we aren't there, we're still watching you and are your biggest supporters."That keeps me going.

What's your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?

Washington: It's a very good reaction. They don't have to pay for school, can see me on TV and are just happy because it's something I've always wanted to do.

What's the best part of being a Wisconsin football player and putting on that red and white jersey?

Washington: That first experience was something different. My heart was pounding because it was the first time being on the field for a game and having a role on the team. It got my adrenaline going.


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