I wanted to know more about our new Chief, so looking around SB Nation...
Demond Washington showed his blazing speed with the fastest 40 time of the event, at 4.30 seconds. We knew he could FLY! I used to question whether a small corner could play in the NFL, and Washington measured only 5 feet 8 inches tall. However, former Tiger Jeraud Powers is about that size, and he got a ton of playing time in the league last year. Who knows? Washington may end up being a kick return specialist.
Throw a deep corner route at Demond Washington once, fine, try it again, and you get an interception in your face. Then when you do finally score, you kick the ball directly to him? Paid for that mistake too! A 94 yard stroll through the park later, TOUCHDOWN AUBURN!
Secondary: C+. The Tigers did uncharacteristically snag two interceptions, but both were bad throws caused by a ferocious pass rush. Auburn's weakness all year has been allowing receivers to catch the ball in the flat, and run. Oregon got the lion's share of their 449 yards doing just that. Seven different Duck receivers gouged the Tiger defense for 374 passing yards, six of which had multiple catches. Kudos to Demond Washington for adjusting and tracking down Jeff Maehl on the 81 yard completion. Maehl got behind both safeties, but Washington closed the gap and ran him out of bounds from the opposite side of the play. Maehl had the biggest Duck play, and he caught 9 balls for 133 yards. Subtract the 81 yarder, and that's 52 yards on 8 catches. Auburn did tackle pretty well in the secondary, particularly free safety Mike McNeil. McNeil had 14 total tackles, 12 solo. Demond Washington added 7 stops.
Demond Washington has 918 kick return yards this season, and that's already a single season record.
But no where on the team is more swag being emitted than from KR Demond Washington. This guy is a legitimate threat to break it wide open on every catch. He finally got his long one for a TD and he averaged over 35 per against Ole Miss. He's currently 3rd in the nation in total return yardage, and with McCalleb back there with him, it's a pick your poison dilemma for opposing place kickers.
I left out the one about nearly costing the game because of a ....fumble (nobody wants to hear about that stuff right?)