CORNELIUS WASHINGTON

Defensive End/Outside Linebacker

University of Georgia Bulldogs

#83

6:04.0-265

Hephzibah, Georgia

Burke County High School

 

OVERVIEW

While 76 tackles in 51 games might not excite even the most astute of professional scouts, Washington has what talent evaluators label as “tremendous upside.” The blue-collar work ethic and “team first” attitude he brings every day is refreshing in this day and age where there are wild celebrations and “look at me” individuals hogging all the glory.

 

In order for the team concept to be a success, everyone has to be on the same page, at least on how they will function during the course of the football season. One look inside Washington’s “body of work” and you will find that consummate team player, one that has gone out and sacrificed his own personal goals for the success of the team.

 

Rated the seventh-best defensive end in the nation during his high school playing days, Texas A&M may have made the “12th Man” part of their gridiron culture, but it is this Bulldogs defender who has literally lived the part of being the team’s 12th-man. His versatility has been very beneficial for head coach Mark Richt and his coaching staff, for wherever help is needed, Washington is soon to volunteer.

 

As a freshman, he shared strong-side defensive end duties with Justin Houston. The following year, when injuries hit the second level corps, he took over strong-side out-side linebacker duties, starting eight games, despite having added fifteen pounds to his frame during the off-season in anticipation of competing for a job assignment on the defensive line.

 

As a junior, Washington tipped the scales at close to 270 pounds, but the staff did not hesitate moving him to weak-side outside linebacker, a position usually reserved for much smaller defenders. As a senior, he again called the “Mayflower movers,” and headed back to the position he was rated the third-best in the nation when he was originally recruited – weak-side defensive end. He would earn ten starting assignments there before concluding his storied career.

 

Playing for the University of Georgia Bulldogs has always been his dream. When Washington was about to enter his junior season at Burke County High School, he attended Georgia’s summer camp. He so impressed the staff, that by the time he had to return to school, they had already made the future Bulldog a scholarship offer. Before they could even finish the sentence, he accepted.

 

At Burke High School, he was the star of head coach Eric Parker’s squad, capturing Super Prep All-American and All-Dixie Team honors. He was a member of Prep Star Top 135 Dream Team and was added to the 2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 squad. As a junior, he played on both sides of the ball, recording 63 tackles while gaining 241 yards on just twelve rushing attempts.

 

The Georgia Football Magazine first-team All-State pick was rated the third-best weak-side defensive end in the country and listed tenth on the Georgia Top 50 list compiled by Rivals.com. That recruiting service also rated him the tenth-best special teams performer in the nation. UGASports placed him seventh on the Georgia Top 50 squad and the four-star Scout.com prospect was regarded as that service’s 13th-best defensive end and 136th-best overall player in the country.

 

Scout.com also regarded him as the ninth-best player in the state. The Parade All-American choice was also selected by the Georgia Sports Writers Association to the Class AAA All-State squad.

 

That season, the senior recorded 55 tackles (44 solo), six sacks, 18 stops behind the line of scrimmage, forced three fumbles and registered seven QB pressures. He also appeared as an offensive threat, catching four passes for 17 yards and two touchdowns. With his outstanding speed, he also competed for the school’s track team, finishing seventh in the 100-meters (11.25) at the State Track Meet.

 

After enrolling at the University of Georgia in 2008, Washington spent the season competing with the scout team. The following year, he appeared in thirteen games, sharing strong-side defensive end chores with Justin Houston, earning one starting assignment vs. Tennessee Tech. He finished with just thirteen tackles, but four of those stops were good for sacks and five came behind the line of scrimmage. He also registered thirteen quarterback pressures, despite seeing reserve action.

 

As a sophomore, Washington started eight of the twelve games he appeared in at strong-side outside linebacker, sitting out the Tennessee clash due to a concussion. He posted eighteen tackles with six pressures, along with one sack and three stops-for-loss.

 

Washington shifted to weak-side outside linebacker in 2011, starting three of the team’s first five games before being suspended for two contests. He returned to start three more times, collecting seventeen tackles with five sacks and six stops for loss. Used to flush out the quarterback, he delivered 29 pressures for his junior campaign.

 

Named to the Butkus Award Watch List before the 2012 season, Washington was instead inserted into the lineup for ten games at weak-side defensive end. He produced only 22 tackles with an assisted sack, but posted fifteen pressures, five that caused interceptions.

 

While most “blue collar” workers usually head home when their employment is over, Washington found out that scouts regarded him more as a “blue chip” player and the Senior Bowl staff agreed, making him one of the six Bulldogs invited to play in the game.

The versatile pass rusher turned heads throughout the week-long practices leading up to the bowl.

 

Washington further impressed NFL decision makers with another stellar performance – this time, at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. He emerged from the Indianapolis trip as one of the top performers among several drills, including the 40-yard dash (4.55), bench press (36 reps), vertical leap (39 inches) and broad jump (10-8).

 

Washington has a well-developed frame with good upper body muscle tone, tight waist and hips, good bubble, thick arms and room to add at least another ten pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness, if a team desires to keep him on the defensive line. He has outstanding straight-line quickness, moving with an explosive burst coming off the edge to be a quality pass rusher, if allowed to settle into one role and learn technique for playing that position.

Washington’s quick change of direction agility is an area that will be beneficial if he is to perform as a linebacker, as it will allow him to work down the line and make plays in pursuit. He displays loose hips, along with the speed and range to easily drop back in pass coverage. Those traits could be highlighted if he is allowed to develop into a 3-4 outside linebacker (best when having a free lane to pressure the pocket rather than bull rushing inside as a down lineman).

Even though he was generally miscast with his hand on the ground, Washington has really improved his ball recognition skills the last two years and is no longer fooled by play action or misdirection. With his better recognition skills, he was often used in backside pursuit, evident by the 21 third-down stops and five fourth-down tackles he executed during his last 39 tackles for the Bulldogs.

Washington’s performance in the bench press drill at the NFL Scouting Combine (36 reps) and the way he played off blocks last season is a validation that he has the upper body strength to consistently get leverage coming off the snap. With his sudden burst, he also gets instant penetration as a pass rusher, showing proper hand technique, combined with an array of rip-&-swim moves to explosively close on the quarterback.

The senior has the hand delivery and punch-out ability coming off the ball, guarding his legs vs. the chop block while maintaining angle to close on the ball. He delivers his best production when he beats the offensive tackle with his quickness and has the lateral range to slip in-line. Still, he could contribute more when playing on the move and he has the speed needed to chase long distances and make plays along the perimeter.

 

CAREER NOTES

Washington started 25-of-51 games for Georgia – one as a strong-side defensive end; eight as a strong-side outside linebacker; six as a weak-side outside linebacker; ten as a weak-side defensive end…Only recorded 76 tackles (46 solos) during his career, but boasts an impressive 63 quarterback pressures, as he also recorded 10.5 sacks for minus 72 yards and seventeen stops for losses of 87 yards…Also recovered a pair of fumbles and deflected one pass.

 

2012 SEASON

Washington earned All-American Super Sleeper Team honors from The NFL Draft Report, as that scouting information service regards him as the most underrated player at any position eligible for the draft from the Southeastern Conference ranks…A member of the

Georgia Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the senior shifted to weak-side defensive end, as he started ten of the fourteen games he appeared in…Managed to record 22 tackles (8 solos) with an assisted sack and three stops behind the line of scrimmage…Recovered a fumble and registered fifteen quarterback pressures…Blocked a field goal that was returned by teammate Alec Ogletree for touchdown in third quarter vs. Alabama in SEC Championship Game…Had two tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Florida, adding four tackles vs. Tennessee….Posted five tackles, including 2.5 stops for loss at Missouri and delivered four tackles, including half of a sack vs. Buffalo.

 

 

 

 

2011 SEASON

Washington earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll distinction for the fall semester and was the recipient of the J.E. and W.S. Hickey Football Scholarship…Appeared in twelve games at weak-side outside linebacker, starting three of the first five contests and six total, but was suspended for the Tennessee and Vanderbilt clashes (team rules violation)…Was relentless in pursuit of the quarterback, recording a career-high 29 pressures, five sacks for minus 43 yards and six stops behind the line of scrimmage…Finished with seventeen tackles (11 solos)…In the SEC Championship Game vs. then top-ranked Louisiana State, the junior posted three tackles including a six-yard sack and had two pressures…Added four tackles including two sacks vs. Mississippi State….Produced lost yardage of 22 yards behind 1.5 sacks vs. Mississippi…registered five pressures vs. Auburn and assisted on a sack in the Kentucky contest.

 

2010 SEASON

Washington played in twelve games, starting eight contests at strong-side outside line-backer…Sat out the Tennessee clash with concussion symptoms, but still managed to record a career-high 24 tackles (18 solos) to go with a 4-yard sack, three stops for losses of six yards and six pressures…Also recovered a fumble and deflected a pass…Had a season-high seven tackles at South Carolina and posted four tackles, including a sack vs. Arkansas.

 

2009 SEASON

Washington missed spring drills due to forearm and shoulder injuries, but returned for fall drills and lined up behind Justin Houston at strong-side defensive end, eventually earning his first career start vs. Tennessee Tech (two tackles)…Finished with just thirteen tackles (9 solos), but he produced four sacks for minus 24 yards, five stops for losses of 31 yards and thirteen pressures…Delivered a season-high three tackles in each of the Auburn and Texas A&M games.

 

2008 SEASON

Washington red-shirted as a freshman.

 

OFF-FIELD ISSUES

Washington was suspended for two games (Tennessee and Vanderbilt in 2011 after he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being stopped by police for driving 92 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone

 

INJURY REPORT

2010 Season…Sat out the Tennessee contest concussion like symptoms.

2011 Season…Missed spring drills due to forearm and shoulder injuries.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.55 in the 40-yard dash…1.52 10-yard dash…2.54 20-yard dash…3.97 20-yard shuttle…

11.65 60-yard shuttle…6.59 three-cone drill…39-inch vertical jump…10’7” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times…34-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands…81 5/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Washington attended Burke County (Waynesboro, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Eric Parker…Earned Super Prep All-American and All-Dixie Team honors…

Member of Prep Star Top 135 Dream Team and was added to the 2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 squad…As a junior, he played on both sides of the ball, recording 63 tackles while gaining 241 yards on just twelve rushing attempts…The Georgia Football Magazine first-team All-State pick was rated the third-best weak-side defensive end in the country and listed tenth on the Georgia Top 50 list compiled by Rivals.com…That recruiting service also rated him the tenth-best special teams performer in the nation…UGASports placed him seventh on the Georgia Top 50 squad and the four-star Scout.com prospect was regarded as that service’s 13th-best defensive end and 136th-best overall player in the country…Scout.com also regarded him as the ninth-best player in the state…The Parade All-American choice was also selected by the Georgia Sports Writers Association to the Class AAA All-State squad…That season, the senior recorded 55 tackles (44 solo), six sacks, 18 stops behind the line of scrimmage, forced three fumbles and registered seven QB pressures…Also appeared as an offensive threat, catching four passes for 17 yards and two touchdowns…Also competed for the school’s track team, finishing seventh in the 100-meters (11.25) at the State Track Meet.

 

PERSONAL

Sports Management major…Born 9/10/89…Resides in Hephzibah, Georgia.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2009 13 01  13  09  04  00  00  0-0  05.0-31   00  04.0-24    13
2010 12 08  24  18  06  01  00  0-0  03.0-06   01  01.0-04    06
2011 12 06  17  11  06  00  00  0-0  06.0-45   00  05.0-43    29
2012 14 10  22  08  14  01  00  0-0  03.0-05   00  00.5-01    15
TOTAL 51 25  76  46  30  02  00  0-0  17.0-87   01  10.5-72    63

 

WASHINGTON GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Buffalo 09/01/12 Buffalo 45-23

Yes

2

2

1

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

Missouri 09/08/12 at Missouri 41-20

Yes

2

3

1

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fla. Atlantic 09/15/12 Fla. Atlantic 56-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/22/12 Vanderbilt 48-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/29/12 Tennessee 51-44

Yes

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 10/06/12 at South Carolina 7-35

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/20/12 at Kentucky 29-24

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Florida 10/27/12 Florida 17-9

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 11/03/12 Ole Miss 37-10

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 11/10/12 at Auburn 38-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ga. Southern 11/17/12 Ga. Southern 45-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/24/12 Georgia Tech 42-10

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Alabama 12/01/12 Alabama 28-32

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

Nebraska 01/01/13 Nebraska 45-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

14

8

2

2

5

1

0

1

1

4

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Boise St. 09/03/11 Boise St. 21-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 09/10/11 South Carolina 42-45

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Coastal Caro. 09/17/11 Coastal Caro. 59-0

Yes

0

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

Ole Miss 09/24/11 at Ole Miss 27-13

Yes

1

1

1

1

22

1

1

22

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 10/01/11 Mississippi St. 24-10

Yes

1

3

0

2

13

0

2

13

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/08/11 at Tennessee 20-12

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/15/11 at Vanderbilt 33-28

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/29/11 Florida 24-20

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

New Mexico St. 11/05/11 New Mexico St. 63-16

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 11/12/11 Auburn 45-7

Yes

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

Kentucky 11/19/11 Kentucky 19-10

Yes

1

0

1

0

2

1

0

2

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/26/11 at Georgia Tech 31-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 12/03/11 at LSU 10-42

Yes

0

3

0

1

6

0

1

6

0

0

0

Michigan St. 01/02/12 Michigan St. 30-33

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

6

11

2

5

45

2

4

43

1

6

0

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

La.-Lafayette 09/04/10 La.-Lafayette 55-7

Yes

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

South Carolina 09/11/10 at South Carolina 6-17

Yes

1

6

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/18/10 Arkansas 24-31

Yes

0

4

0

1

4

0

1

4

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/25/10 at Mississippi St. 12-24

Yes

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 10/02/10 at Colorado 27-29

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/09/10 Tennessee 41-14

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/16/10 Vanderbilt 43-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/23/10 at Kentucky 44-31

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/30/10 Florida 31-34

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Idaho St. 11/06/10 Idaho St. 55-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Auburn 11/13/10 at Auburn 31-49

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/27/10 Georgia Tech 42-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 12/31/10 UCF 6-10

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

6

18

0

3

6

0

1

4

1

1

0

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Oklahoma St. 09/05/09 at Oklahoma St. 10-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 09/12/09 South Carolina 41-37

Yes

0

1

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/19/09 at Arkansas 52-41

Yes

0

2

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

1

0

Arizona St. 09/26/09 Arizona St. 20-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/03/09 LSU 13-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/10/09 at Tennessee 19-45

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/17/09 at Vanderbilt 34-10

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/31/09 Florida 17-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee Tech 11/07/09 Tennessee Tech 38-0

Yes

0

2

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

0

0

Auburn 11/14/09 Auburn 31-24

Yes

1

2

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

0

0

Kentucky 11/21/09 Kentucky 27-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/28/09 at Georgia Tech 30-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 12/28/09 Texas A&M 44-20

Yes

2

1

0

1

7

0

0

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

4

9

0

5

31

0

4

24

0

2

0

 

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