COLUMBIA — Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington will play football this season at Tuskegee University in Alabama.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Michael Stewart, Tuskegee’s sports information director, confirmed Monday that Washington will be listed as a senior this season and has been practicing with the team.
“He is starting for us opening day,” Stewart said.
Washington, a former team captain who starred at Raymore-Peculiar High School, saw a promising career at Mizzou end in 2010 because of legal problems. He was convicted in September 2011 for the off-campus sexual assault of a former Missouri athletics tutor, and pleaded guilty in February 2012 to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend.
Washington was sentenced last December to five years in prison but was eligible to be released in March upon completion of a 120-day “shock incarceration” program for first-time offenders.
During his three seasons at Mizzou, Washington was one of the best running backs in the Big 12. He was a two-year starter and rushed for 2,085 yards and 28 touchdowns for the Tigers. He was also a standout player on the high school level, leading Ray-Pec to the Missouri Class 5 state title as senior, when he rushed for 1,930 yards and 31 touchdowns and was a finalist for the Simone Award, which is given annually to the best high school football player in Kansas City.
Tuskegee, a historically black college, plays in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II. The Golden Tigers, who went 4-6 last season, open their season Saturday against Alabama A&M.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report