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Roster countdown #9: Broderick Washington

Washington is a key element in the rush defense

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech gets a huge boost this season with most of the defense returning to the fold, and Broderick Washington looks to be one of the reasons that the 806D continues to impress. Standing at 6’3, this 300 pound monster on the defensive line has the accreditation that presumes success for this season.

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In 2017, Washington started and played in all 13 games at defensive tackle joining Mychealon Thomas and Dakota Allen as the only Red Raiders to start in every game on defense. In that time he led the interior linemen with 44 tackles (29 of which were solo), including two sacks that went for a loss and one forced fumble. Below we see the West Virginia game where Washington totaled four tackles and this: a sack against Will Grier. Washington’s ability to man-handle WVU’s line and take Grier down showcases his athletic ability and intuition.

Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention last season, Washington looks to improve on his preformance this year with the loss of Mychealon Thomas. The offseason has proven to be special this year with the improvements of defensive experience as well as strength & conditioning. In other words the 806D has been caged up all summer with nothing but weights. When it comes time for the defense to take the field this Fall, Broderick Washington will be one of the key pieces to Texas Tech’s success against the run as well as their overall record. (Holy crap I’m ready for some football)

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