Washington leading way at Florida


Not only has Nick Washington become a full-time starter at safety in his senior season at Florida, he’s also emerged as the leader of a young secondary that is counting on several true freshmen to play this season.

“Nick is glue for us back there in the secondary and really the defense in general,” UF coach Jim McElwain said. “He’s a guy the team looks up to. He’s been a really, really good influence on those young DBs back there. Even as he was going through the injuries he was constantly there and does a great job not only while on the field, but does a great job in the practice piece as well.”

Wide receiver Josh Hammond said Washington is one of the most respected players on the team.

“Definitely the backbone of that secondary,” Hammond said. “He’s played the longest. He’s really smart, intelligent. He knows the game. I think he helps a lot of those younger guys get in the right spot and helps them flow and play without any mental errors.

“Everybody definitely respects Nick. He’s had a lot of injuries. But knowing that he bounces back and comes and plays hard every day, everybody respects him. And he knows he’s going do what he has to do.”