Chauncey Washington

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Chauncey Washington
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Washington while with USC
No. 34, 31, 30
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-04-29) April 29, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Carson, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 213
Debuted in 2008 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Last played in 2011 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2007)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 9
Rushing average 2.3
Rushing TDs 0
Stats at NFL.com

Chauncey Washington (born April 29, 1985) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern California.

Washington has also played for New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, and Dallas Cowboys.

Early years[edit]

Washington had a heralded career as an athlete at South Torrance High School. In his Senior 2002 season, he earned numerous All-American honors, running for 1,549 yards on 140 carries (11.1 avg.) with 23 TDs while catching 13 passes for 200 yards (15.4 avg.) with 2 TDs in 2002 despite missing 5 games with a knee injury. He also earned substantial notice as a sophomore and junior player

As a Senior, Washington was ranked as the #12 running back in the nation by ESPN.com was aggressively recruited by USC and Michigan State, as well as Wisconsin, Oregon, Oregon State, ASU, Arizona, Boston College and Washington State.

College career[edit]

Although Washington admitted he grew up as a rival-UCLA fan, he became USC's second commitment to the 2003 recruiting class in May 2002. That class also included two other highly touted running backs: 2005 Heisman Trophy-winner Reggie Bush as well as Colorado high school all-star and future USC touchdown leader LenDale White.[1] Going into their freshman 2003 season, all three backs were considered to be talented enough to challenge for the starting position and all three played during the USC opener at Auburn.

Washington's freshman season was limited by a nagging ankle injury suffered in the second game of the season that caused him to miss half the season and the 2004 spring practice due to a stress fracture in the ankle.

2004[edit]

Washington was ruled academically ineligible for the 2004 season and was redshirted. Washington was again academically ineligible for the 2005 season and lost his athletic scholarship. After considering entering the NFL Draft, leaving USC or transferring to a different school (with easier academic requirements), Washington was encouraged by his parents, teammates and university staff to stay in school and focus on academics while paying his own way through school.

After much focus and hard work, Washington finally regained academic eligibility in the spring of 2006, and regained his scholarship that August.

Washington (#23) as the Trojans running back against the Stanford Cardinal.

Initially planned as the starting running back for the 2006 USC Trojans, the redshirt junior suffered a hamstring injury in pre-season practice, but had re-gained the starting position by midseason. He told the Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein that he had decided to forego the 2007 NFL Draft and return for his redshirt senior season.

Going into 2007 spring practice, Washington's grades again became a concern.[2] At the start of the 2007 season, Washington was again sidelined with an injury and did not play in the Trojans' opener. However, he rushed for over 900 yards and was a Pac-10 honorable mention player.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11⅜ in 205 lb 4.45 s 1.51 s 2.53 s 4.58 s 7.53 s 36 in 9 ft 11 in 18 reps x
All from USC Pro Day.[3]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Washington was selected in the 7th round pick 213 of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. On June 26, 2008 Washington signed a contract of four years worth $1.6 million. He was waived by the Jaguars on September 5, 2009.

First stint with Cowboys[edit]

Washington was signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad on September 22, 2009. He was promoted to the active roster on October 3 after injuries to Marion Barber III and Felix Jones. Safety Marvin White was waived to make room for Washington on the roster. After playing in the team's loss to the Denver Broncos on October 4, the Cowboys waived Washington the following day and signed Cletis Gordon. He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 6, only to be re-signed to the active roster on October 10. He was waived again on October 12. He signed to the practice squad of the Cowboys again on October 13.

New York Jets[edit]

Washington was signed off the Cowboys' practice squad on December 14, 2009 by the New York Jets.[4] Washington would be waived by the team on September 5, 2010.[5] Washington would later be re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 7, 2010.[6]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Washington was signed off of the New York Jets practice squad on September 28, 2010 by the St. Louis Rams.[7] He was waived on October 18[8] and signed to the Rams practice squad on October 19. He was released by the Rams on August 4, 2011.

Second stint with Cowboys[edit]

Washington returned to the Cowboys on November 30, 2011 as a practice squad member.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jamie Newberg, Upon further review ..., SI.com, May 22, 2003, Accessed April 30, 2008.
  2. ^ Scott Wolf, Washington's grades hurting, Los Angeles Daily News, March 20, 2007.
  3. ^ CBS Sports.com
  4. ^ Hutchinson, Dave (December 15, 2009). "NY Jets sign running back Chauncey Washington off Dallas Cowboys practice squad". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (September 5, 2010). "Jets cut David Clowney, claim three off waivers". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ Jets PR Department (September 7, 2010). "P.Turner Waived; Chauncey Signed to P-Squad". New York Jets. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/rams-report/article_f9a56b72-cb1c-11df-9f26-0017a4a78c22.html
  8. ^ Thomas, Jim (October 20, 2010). "LB Johnson promoted to Rams active roster". STLToday.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 

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