Tony Washington Jr, a junior from Los Osos HS (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), enters his fourth year in the Oregon program.
Washington stared for the Grizzlies in high school and had a huge prep career. It started with his incredible junior season when he recorded 45 tackles including 6.5 sacks. He exploded for his senior season with an eye-popping 87 tackles and 11.5 sacks. It’s incredibly rare to see linemen put up numbers like that. Only linebackers typically put up numbers that high. He played on offense as, seeing time at tight end.
MaxPreps also listed Washington to the California Division 1 All-State second team defense. He also earned All-Inland Valley first team defense, All-CIF Southern Section Central Division and was listed All-Star Football first team defender by the Daily Bulletin. He received San Bernardino Prep Sports All-Baseline Defensive MVP his senior year and earned high honors from Scout, ESPN and Rivals and earned a unanimous 3-star ranking.
Scout listed his bench press at 270 lbs, squat of 455 lbs and a 40-inch vertical jump. His vertical leaps seems a bit unrealistic considering GoDucks lists his freshman mark at 27 inches, which would be quite a substantial dip.
Along with his 3-star ranking, Scout also lists him as the No. 57 DE prospect from the 2010 class. Rivals lists him as the No. 42 DE prospect, and has his 40-yard dash at 4.7 seconds and shuttle at 4.4 seconds.
His size was one of the few knocks on him. He was listed at 6’3″ 230 lbs his senior season, which is pretty light for a lineman. He has bulked up a bit since, now listed at 244 lbs on the Oregon athletic department’s roster.
Washington received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, UNLV, UTEP and many others across the west coast before eventually signing with the Ducks. He enrolled for the 2010 summer term and was able to get a jump start in the program.
In 2010, Washington redshirted his first year in the program. The Ducks featured a loaded d-line in 2010 with DEs Terrell Turner and Kenny Rowe. Rowe was one of the first players to play in Oregon’s hybrid drop end/outside linebacker role, a position Washington will be battling for.
In 2011, Washington had a remarkable season as a reserve lineman. He saw action in 10 of the Ducks’ 14 games while recording 18 tackles (11 unassisted, seven assisted) including a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. His tackle for loss was an unassisted sack in a blowout win over Missouri State
In 2012, Washington had improved numbers but still not an accurate representation of his potential. Washington finished the year with 20 tackles (12 unassisted, eight assisted) to go along with one additional tackle for loss.
Washington is expected to take over Dion Jordan‘s drop end starting role. Jordan was quite successful in the position and went on to be drafted No. 3 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Washington will battle with sophomore Christian French who was quite impressive in the Spring Game. It should be believed that Washington has the inside track for the starting job considering he started the 2013 Spring Game.