Tevin Washington keeps promise with graduation

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.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

70 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

August 2nd, 2012
8:05 pm

OK, it’s been 40 years since I was in school, but is there a contradiction here?
First you write, “he’ll be required to take the NCAA-minimum 12 credit hours when classes begin.” And then: “This fall, Washington may fulfill eligibility requirements by taking six hours at Tech and continuing his internship at an Atlanta law firm.” Which is it?

Delbert D.

August 2nd, 2012
8:19 pm

Internships count toward credits, at least they did in the late ’80s. We used to use summer interns, and some who alternated during the year. Pharmacy students serve multiple internships.

5150 UOAD

August 2nd, 2012
8:20 pm

Max the internship counts as a Class and therefore 6 course credits.

Not Disappointed!

August 2nd, 2012
8:21 pm

Education is always good to fall back on! I’m so proud of you Tevin Washington and B.J. Elder for finishing your degree!

Ramblin Wreck and Proud!

dry dirt road

August 2nd, 2012
8:25 pm

With all the trophy candidates, Tech sounds like they will have a real good team this season, a team worth watching for all the alums like I am one of from the 70’s, depending on how the unis will look. If Tech went back to the traditional gold helmets, white jerseys, gold pants and white socks with black shoes, that would rattle all the teams they will play. I’m pretty sure it always did. Those were the BD years unis. O’leary’s teams wore those. There are other combinations of uni colors that would work, but CPJ has had only one year, his first, when the combinations worked, except for the Chick Bowl when he went off on a Naval Academy tangent with the surprise switch to navy jerseys, gold pants and gold helmets, the same as Navy wears. Actually navy can be worn and work for Tech only if worn as the jersey color with white pants, gold helmets, white socks and black shoes, Coach Ross’s color combination that worked, and no mod chest stripe on the navy jerseys like CPJ unsuccessully tried once.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

August 2nd, 2012
8:27 pm

I was wondering the same thing Max. Regardless, for Tevin, good things come to good people. Hopefully he will have his best season this year and lead the Jackets back to the ACCCG. If he does, I will definitely travel for that one. Let’s start it off by topping the Hokies on Labor Day.

dry dirt road

August 2nd, 2012
8:34 pm

TW fumbles too much by tossing it when he should keep it, and he gets tackled at the l o s on pass plays too much. He also seemed to cop out on Tech for the Georgia game last year, playing w/o enthusiasm he had during the zeal and excitement of the season, as if he had run out of interest in playing for Tech by turkey day week. Or maybe he didn’t want to play at 100% bc he didn’t like some of the criticism he got on these boards. Well, if PJ senses that his qb is protesting or losing interest, he will have plenty of other qbs to take Washington’s place.

Hayseed Dixie

August 2nd, 2012
8:37 pm

I think a lot of folks are going to be singing a different tune about Tevin Washington this fall. Just my gut.

O-line snafus (and there were plenty) and the pressure to throw to Steven Hill will be different this year.

We might see Vad a series here or there, but Tevin is still the man.

Congratulations Tevin, and Go Jackets.

Even us UGA fans...

August 2nd, 2012
8:51 pm

…can applaud when a college athlete graduates on time and under budget1 Way to go, Tevin…


August 2nd, 2012
9:13 pm

I think Tevin shouldered too much of the blame – it’s hard for anyone to throw accurately when you are running for your life.

One question -if Tevin is playing as a graduate student, is he still on scholarship?

Long Beach Jacket

August 2nd, 2012
9:15 pm

Great job and congratulations Tevin Washington (and the other graduates). I expect Tevin to excel at game management this season. He doesn’t have to be fantastic, just stay within himself and it will all work out just fine. Go Jackets!

5150 UOAD

August 2nd, 2012
9:21 pm

chas_jacket…..YES he has 5 years so I am sure CPJ kept him on scholarship.


August 2nd, 2012
10:03 pm

Talk about a kid “having his act together”. TW is a great representative for the Institute. Hope he finishes up with a super year on the field.

DRad Fan

August 2nd, 2012
10:10 pm

I met Tevin in person at a winter banquet for GT athletic scholarship contributors of which I am one. He is really a first-class, quality kid. He is the whole package as a student athlete, and he will never embarass the school. Like someone said here, it is hard to throw accurately when you are running for your life. The pass blocking was poor and receivers dropped balls. On top of that there were several critical situations where we could not make one stinking yard up the middle on 3rd or 4th down. Also there was the critical penalty in the VT game.I think Tevin played well enough for us to win nearly everyone of the games we lost. It was other factors. I’m hoping for a good season for GT and especially Tevin. He is a hard worker in and out of the classroom. I also met the person that funded his scholarship, and she was extremely happy that Tevin was the player who received it.


August 2nd, 2012
10:53 pm

nice job, tevin washington, bj elder and crew.

we’re anticipating big things out of u guys this year and in the future.

Ken Sugiura

August 2nd, 2012
10:55 pm

to answer questions, the internship counts toward credit hours and he’s still on scholarship. sorry that wasn’t clear.


August 3rd, 2012
12:18 am

always proud of athletes who graduate, especially in four years!
great guy, but i’m looking for vad lee!!!


August 3rd, 2012
12:21 am

Thanks, Ken, it’s great reading about the success of these student athletes. Can’t wait for VT. ” GO JACKETS “


August 3rd, 2012
12:38 am

I think we can all agree that Max Sizemore is a complete idiot.


August 3rd, 2012
12:47 am

Congrats, Tevin….you DA man! BE DA MAN!!! Go Tech!!!


August 3rd, 2012
12:48 am

Congratualations Tevin. It’s good to read positive things about student athletes. It seems his parents did a great job preparing him for life.


August 3rd, 2012
12:49 am

“Even us UGA fans…”,you’re a DGD

1 4 GT

August 3rd, 2012
1:03 am

It’s rare for athletes to graduate in 4 years! Especially at a college where the average time for just a student to graduate is 5 years + 2 quarters! To all the athletes that graduate, even if it’s not “on time”, congratulations. Job WELL done!! Now remember 9/3 and bring home a win. GOOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie

1 4 GT

August 3rd, 2012
1:04 am

Thanks to the Dawgs that made classy, congratulatory posts. Well done.


August 3rd, 2012
1:34 am

Congrats Tevin. Sounds like you have a real good future in store for yourself.


August 3rd, 2012
2:19 am

got to love finch. HAHA


August 3rd, 2012
6:07 am

Tech will go as far as the defense will take them!


August 3rd, 2012
6:48 am

Now that is a good story!!!!!!!!!!!

Sugar Hill Dawg

August 3rd, 2012
7:35 am

Always encouraging to see a positive story regarding college athletes – outstanding job by TW! As far as the “cop out for Georgia” comment, after a long season of non – stop hits, I’m sure the pounding the Dawgs delivered that day had more to do with Tech’s performance than a “cop out.” Keep in mind – if UGA plays just a little bit more intelligently on special teams, UGA beats USC in Athens and is top ten going into the Tech game. I know the Techies think the Tech/UGA game is not as important as conference games, but I can assure you as a UGA alum beating Tech must continue to be the # 1 priority in Athens – look what happened to Jim Donnan! Once again, congrats to all of the Tech kids who graduated – that’s something that will forever be yours!

GT Dude

August 3rd, 2012
7:41 am

Finch, that is one parade that I don’t want to see :-)


August 3rd, 2012
7:56 am

TW’s well earned and well deserved light course load ensures that he’ll have plenty of time for film study. I like our odds in `012. :)

jacket fan in wisconsin

August 3rd, 2012
8:58 am

Congratulations Tevin. I had the same major at Tech and although it is not an Engineering degree, it takes a lot of hard work, especially when you are working so hard on the field, also.
ALSO, I appreciate all the comments by real Dawg fans ( Sugar Hill, Even us, AH ). I know there are mostly classy fans on both sides, it’s the few idiots that sometimes make the most noise on these blogs.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 3rd, 2012
9:16 am

Ken in your list of graduates, you listed Jamal Cox twice

Road Scholar

August 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

Congrats Tevin and the other graduates, esp those who stuck it out and graduated. Tech is tough…tougher than most..you should be proud! The degree studies have opened your minds and will open doors for you to pursue your dreams. Good luck! Your learning has just begun!

William Casey

August 3rd, 2012
10:04 am

Congrats to the GT grads. It’s an accomplishment, especially for an athlete. IMHO, Tevin Washington may surprise some people. Take it from an old, retired high school coach, there is a lot to be said for havig a senior QB who is a solid citizen.

Go Jackets

August 3rd, 2012
10:16 am

If Tevin follows through and goes to law school, I know I’d be interested in interviewing him for my firm. Keep up the good work Tevin.

Jacket Backer

August 3rd, 2012
10:31 am

Great job Tevin! Good luck this season and Go Jaclets!!


August 3rd, 2012
10:45 am

Great job kid. Thats what its all about getting a education first. Good luck and keep up the good work. We’ll see you later this season.

Gorilla Biscuit

August 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

“Other summer graduates are former football players Jamal Cox, Rashaad Reid and Jamal Cox…”

This is called padding your stats.

Marine Jacket

August 3rd, 2012
10:54 am

@ Suger Hill Dawg. You are correct. Most of the frieds who are Dawg fans take the game serious. It’s just the crazy fans that act as if it is not important. I know CPJ has only won one, but he is respected by most Dawg fans I know, and they are always concerned about the TO.

@ Ken. I remember a Jamal Cox playing DB, but was there a second Jamal Cox that played for the team??

Congrats to all.

Go Jackets!!!

5150 UOAD

August 3rd, 2012
11:32 am

TAYLOR about to RUN the hurdles on NBC.

5150 UOAD

August 3rd, 2012
11:37 am

TAYLOR Strokes the Field stopped running after the last hurdle.


August 3rd, 2012
11:38 am

Dang Jamal is good, graduating twice in one year. LOL. Great article Ken. And I echo the kudos to the classy DAWG fans. In this time when we get so much focus on the failings of college athletics, it’s good to be reminded that those headline grabbing stories about drugs or fighting or abuse make headlines because they are rare. They are the aberrations. For every story we read about an athlete being kicked off a team, there are hundreds of stories never told about the ones who graduate early.

Dacula Dawg

August 3rd, 2012
11:45 am

Well done to both of these young guys. It’s so discouraging when guys have an opportunity to get that degree in 4 (or even 5) years and come away with nothing, whichever school it is. When our two teams square off this November, both starting QB’s will be college grads already.

Tech Troll 13

August 3rd, 2012
1:11 pm

I add my congratulations to TW, well done young man. I also thinks it says a lot about guys who return after their playing days are over to finish school. We’re not perfect, but I am proud of the student athletes we have. BJ could really shoot the rock.


August 3rd, 2012
3:47 pm

Let me be the first to say thanks to the dawg fans posting positive words to Tevin Washington. Hopefully we can give you a game this year.

Andre "Pulpwood" Smith

August 3rd, 2012
4:31 pm

Well done, TW. According to the new Forbes Magazine rankings of American colleges, you will have a diploma from the country’s 135th best college.

By the way, UGA came in at number 125.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

Andre, I don’t care what Forbes says. US News & World Report has Tech as the number 4 engineering school in the country; it is also one of the top engineering schools in the world. They also have Tech’s Business School ranked 32 and UGA 57. In addition they rank Tech the #84 college in the world; UGA is ranked #386, behind almost every ACC school and most SEC schools. UGA comes nowhere close to Tech in prestige, Enuf said.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 3rd, 2012
4:58 pm

If you want to check that ranking, here’s the link:


What do you have to say to that, Andre???


August 3rd, 2012
5:00 pm

They grow up so fast.