Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington could have chosen an easier path for himself this fall. Instead, he kept a promise to his family.
Washington, as well as center Nick McRae, completed coursework for management degrees this summer. Tech’s summer graduation is Friday at the Fox Theatre, shortly after the Yellow Jackets finish their first practice of fall camp.
“He’s definitely overachieved,” said Chris Breen, assistant director of academic services. “The kid works his butt off, just like he does on the field.”
Washington, the first Tech quarterback to play as a graduate since George Godsey in 2001, could have left himself just one class to take this fall had he not finished his degree requirements this summer with an independent study project. But, Breen said, Washington had promised his family that he would graduate in four years and he wanted to honor it. As a result, he’ll be required to take the NCAA-minimum 12 credit hours when classes begin.
Part of his commitment to graduating in four years included taking computer science and finite math last fall, his first as a starter.
“He was successful in a rather difficult schedule,” Breen said. “That just shows the type of kid he is.”
This fall, Washington may fulfill eligibility requirements by taking six hours at Tech and continuing his internship at an Atlanta law firm, Breen said.
Other summer graduates are former football players Jamal Cox, Rashaad Reid and Chris Reis and former basketball players B.J. Elder and Zach Peacock.
2. A-back Orwin Smith was one of 49 players named Thursday to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation’s most versatile player. Smith has gained more than 3,000 all-purpose yards in his career and last year became the first player in Tech history to gain 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.
Smith was also named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, a trophy for the nation’s top running back. Monday, defensive end Izaan Cross was named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end in the country.
3. The team will begin camp in good health. Coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday that “as far as I know” that every player was cleared to practice. That includes guards Omoregie Uzzi, Will Jackson, Trey Braun and Shaquille Mason, all of whom either were held out of spring practice or didn’t finish it due to injury.
Said center Jay Finch of Braun, who suffered a leg injury in spring practice, “I’ve never seen someone bounce back like that. It’s like he never lost a step.”
4. Finch on being named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given to the top center in the country:
“Is there a parade, possibly, for all the big fatties?”
5. All 105 players permitted to participate in preseason practice reported to the team hotel Thursday afternoon. The team will hold its first practice Friday at 3 p.m. Fan Day will be held Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium starting at 3 p.m.
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog