Abilene High grad Washington standing out at ACU
ABILENE, Texas —
Qua'Shawn Washington played all over the football field for the Abilene High Eagles, especially during his senior season.
During that 2016 campaign, which saw Abilene High win district and advance to the regional semi-finals, Washington played receiver, defensive back and routinely took the snap in the shotgun as a running back in the 'Wildcat' formation.
Now at ACU, it appears he has found his home in a new position.
"With our depth chart right now he would be the number one outside linebacker," second-year head coach Adam Dorrel said after the annual Purple-White scrimmage.
"He's not the only good kid we've moved this spring, but I think he's the one who's really taken off."
Washington played running back and on special teams during his freshman season with the Wildcats. But this off-season, Dorrel and his staff decided to move him to the defensive side.
The change seems to be paying off as the sophomore-to-be led the defense with 10 total tackles, and had the only interception of the spring game.
"He's really transitioned well there, and within three practices you knew. I saw him three practices and he looked like a seasoned vet," said Dorrel.
"He looked really comfortable, and he didn't really look that way last year on offense. He was really swimming. I've very proud of him. He's really thriving in that role. He's challenged himself to learn."
Washington is one of a few area talents that are looking to crack ACU's starting line-up next season.
Wylie graduate Kade Parmelly played in all 11 games of his freshman season, and is now on the first-string offensive line.
"Kade has been at right tackle since we started the spring, and he's been very consistent," said Dorrel. "He's a big, strong kid who's gotten better and better every day."
Abilene High grad Slayde Anderson is also competing for playing time on the offensive line.
"The guy who has improved more than anyone is Slayde Anderson," said Dorrel. "In my 19 years of coaching, I don't know if I've seen a kid improve as much as Slayde. His ability to compete every play every day has given his teammates a lot of confidence."
ACU kicks off the 2018 season on Saturday, September 1 at Baylor before hosting Angelo State on September 8.