Maurice Washington has earned immediate playing time as a true freshman in a talented Husker backfield, rushing for 126 yards on 22 carries in his first two games. After debuting with 34 rushing yards, 16 receiving yards and 50 yards from scrimmage in the season opener against Troy, Washington led Nebraska with 92 rushing yards on 14 carries against Troy. His 92 rushing yards were the most by a true freshman Husker running back since Imani Cross in 2012. Heading into the Michigan game, Washington ranks third among all FBS freshmen with an average of 5.73 yards per carry and is seventh with an average of 63.0 rushing yards per game, including sixth among FBS freshmen running backs.
Before Nebraska (Trinity Christian Academy)
Washington was a big addition to Nebraska’s class, announcing his decision to join the Huskers on signing day in February. Washington was a three-time state champion at Trinity Christian Academy in Texas and was MVP of the 2018 Under Armour High School All-America Game.
Washington carried the ball 123 times for 1,253 yards as a senior in 2017 for Coach Aveion Cason. Washington averaged 10.2 yards per carry and 113.9 rushing yards per game and scored 15 rushing touchdowns. He also excelled as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 26 passes for 582 yards and nine touchdowns, while averaging 22.4 yards per reception. Washington amassed 2,112 all-purpose yards – an average of 192.0 yards per game – and boasted an average gain of nearly 13 yards every time he touched the ball in 2017.
Following his senior season, Washington competed in the Under Armour All-America Game, where he was named MVP. He shined in the all-star event, totaling 159 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. He set an Under Armour All-America Game record for touchdowns scored (3) and became the first player in the 10-year history of the game to post both a rushing and receiving touchdown.
Washington was tabbed as a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports. ESPN listed him as the No. 93 overall prospect in the country and as the nation’s fifth-best running back. Washington also visited Arizona State and had offers from many of the nation’s top programs, including Clemson, Ohio State, LSU, USC and Washington, among others.