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#3 Fabian Washington
Position: Left Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Bradenton, Fla.
High School: Bayshore

  • First-Round NFL Draft Pick by Oakland Raiders (23rd overall pick)
  • 2004 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Austin American-Statesman)
  • 2004 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP, Coaches)
  • 2004 Preseason No. 1 Cornerback in Big 12 (Sporting News)
  • 2003 Third-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches)
  • 2003 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP)
  • 2002 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
  • 2002 Second-Team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News)
  • Nebraska Freshman Record for PBU (13 in 2002) and Interceptions in a Season (Four in 2002)
  • 2002 First-Team Freshman All-Big 12 (The Sporting News)

2004 (Junior)
Fabian Washington became an elite talent in the defensive backfield while at Nebraska, and established himself as one of the top cover men in the Big 12 during his three seasons. He appeared in every game while at NU, including starting in 35 of the Huskers’ 37 games at left cornerback. Washington was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft to become the highest-drafted Husker since Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter each were among the top 15 selections in 1998.

Washington solidified his name in Nebraska’s record books with an All-Big 12-caliber junior season in 2004. He moved into a tie for fourth place on the all-time career pass breakup list with former Husker Erwin Swiney (38), and jumped to third on the career interception chart (11). Washington recorded 15 pass breakups in 2004, just two off of DeJuan Groce’s 2000 record of 17. His six PBU’s against Kansas were just one shy of the school’s single-game mark set by Ralph Brown in 1996. Washington tied a career high by registering three tackles for loss, and he led all cornerbacks with 41 tackles.

2003 (Sophomore)
Washington started all 13 games at left corner and made 55 tackles, including 36 solos. His 10 pass breakups led the team and his four interceptions tied for second behind Josh Bullocks' school-record 10 picks. He opened the year with a career-high 11 tackles in Nebraska's 17-7 win over Oklahoma State. He helped limit OSU All-American Rashaun Woods to just five catches for 47 yards. Washington had a dominant game in an 18-10 victory over Penn State, with a team-high nine tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss. He nabbed his first interception of the season, had two breakups and added a quarterback hurry.

Washington made his second interception of the year in Nebraska's shutout of Troy State, and also recovered a fumble in the game. His third pick of the year and seventh of his career came against Texas A&M, one of eight Husker takeaways on the afternoon. Washington made eight tackles in NU’s loss at Texas, forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss. He picked off his fourth pass of the season in the Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State. In addition to the Penn State game, Washington also broke up two passes against Southern Miss and Iowa State.

2002 (Freshman)
Washington emerged as a playmaker in 2002, setting NU freshman records for pass breakups (13) and interceptions (4). His play earned him second-team freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. He also earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the conference coaches.

Washington played in 13 games with 11 starts, including the final nine games as Nebraska's top left cornerback. He returned his four interceptions a total of 35 yards, including a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown in his Nebraska debut against Arizona State, when he also had a pair of pass breakups. Washington made 49 tackles on the season, including 34 solo stops and finished the season with five games with five or more tackles.

He picked off two passes at Iowa State, and added four tackles and forced a fumble in the game. The performance against ISU moved him into the starting lineup. He made six tackles and recovered a fumble at Oklahoma State, followed by seven tackles and a career-high three pass breakups at Texas A&M. He capped his rookie campaign with a season-high eight stops, including six solos, against Ole Miss in the Independence Bowl. He also had two breakups against the Rebels, the fourth time in 2002 that he broke up two or more passes. Washington was one of five true freshmen to play for Nebraska in 2002, but was the only defender in the group.

Before Nebraska (Bayshore HS)
Washington was a SuperPrep All-American and was widely regarded as the top defensive back to come out of Florida in 2001. Washington was a standout cornerback and return man for Coach Raymond Woodie at Bayshore High School in Bradenton, Fla., the same hometown as former Husker quarterback Tommie Frazier, who attended Manatee. Former Husker cornerback Leslie Dennis also hailed from Bradenton (Southeast HS) and was Washington’s position coach at Bayshore.

Washington totaled 60 tackles with 14 pass breakups and four interceptions as a senior. He scored 10 touchdowns, including five on kick returns. He had three picks and 12 PBU as a junior. He was a four-year starter at corner, a two-year starter at wide receiver and served as the backup quarterback. Washington earned first-team all-state honors as a senior from the Florida High School Coaches Association. Washington also played small forward for his basketball team and placed third in the state in the 100 meters as a junior and was the district champ as a senior.

Personal
The son of Chandra Washington, Fabian was born on June 9, 1983. He chose Nebraska after also visiting Auburn, Iowa, North Carolina and Michigan State. Washington is majoring in sociology.

Washington's Career Statistics

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Tackles

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Fum.

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

2002

13/11

34

15

49

1-2

0-0

2-1

0

13

4

0

0

2003

13/13

36

19

55

3-6

0-0

1-1

0

10

4

2

0

2004

11/11

27

14

41

3-7

0-0

1-1

0

15

3

1

0

Totals

37/35

97

48

145

7-15

0-0

3-2

0

38

11

3

0

Interception Returns: 11-72-1 total; 4-35-1, 29-yard TD vs. ASU, 2002;
     4-14-0 in 2003; 3-23, 2004

2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: Tackles, 6 UT, 2 AT, 8 TT, 2 PBU, fumble caused
2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Tackles, none; INT, 1-0; 1 PBU

Single-Game Bests:
Tackles- 
11
vs. Oklahoma State, 2003
Solo Tackles- 8
 vs. Oklahoma State, 2003
Tackles For Loss- 2
-3 vs. Penn State, 2003
Passes Broken Up- 6
 vs. Kansas, 2004
Interceptions-
2-6 at Iowa State, 2002
Long Interception Return- 19 yards vs. Pittsburgh, 2004