Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington will play football this season at Tuskegee University in Alabama.
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.