Born Kenny Thomas Washington on Feb. 8, 1982 in Fullerton, Calif. Parents: Ken Washington and Darlene Young. Family: No brothers or sisters. High School (Coach): Brea Olinda (Jon Looney) ‘00. Major: Ethnic Studies. Redshirt: 2001.
Ran for a school-record 2,132 yards (9.8 avg.) and 28 touchdowns his senior season in addition to eclipsing school standards for one-year all-purpose scores (31) as well as most yards rushing in one game (283 vs. Western). The first-team all-CIF honoree and Orange County MVP also earned division offensive player-ofthe- year accolades in addition to all-Orange County plaudits by both the L.A. Times and Orange County Register.
Perseverence best describes the tailback who has patiently waited his turn behind some of the most decorated running backs in school history. Yet he has always been ready to take advantage of any opportunity that came his way, which appeared in the form as an all-conference caliber kick returner and from the line of scrimmage a year ago. Was limited in ‘04 spring because of a foot injury, but past performances shows the possibility for another bright year. Has great elusiveness and vision on the field and has demonstrated uncanny ability to cut back against the grain, possessing greatest acceleration to his top speed faster than any other Oregon back. Notched second-best 40 time (4.72) among running backs and tops in the 20-yard shuttle (3.78) in winter.
2003 • JUNIOR
Finally healthy, Washington took advantage of every opportunity given him. The result was being named as the Pac-10’s first-team all-conference kick returner. Although his carries were limited as one of four tailbacks used in rotation, his 4.4-yard per carry average topped all Oregon running backs. Rushed for a careerbest 61 yards in regular season finale vs. Oregon State while also contributing a 48-yard kickoff return. Eleven of his total rushes resulted in first downs. Also flourished in his role as the Ducks’ primary kick returner, accumulating 435 return yards on 14 kicks (31.0 avg.) in Oregon’s final four games to end the year third in the Pac-10 in kickoff return average (24.8 avg.). Capped season with five returns for 97 yards in the Sun Bowl. Also returned a 97-yard kick for a touchdown at UCLA, which stands as the fourth-longest in school history, to earn weekly Pac-10 special team’s honors.
2002 • SOPHOMORE
Played in seven games, mainly from a special team’s standpoint. Credited with one tackle against Stanford. 2001 • REDSHIRT Missed all of fall with a broken ankle suffered during preseason.
2000 • FRESHMAN
Squad’s fourth-leading rusher posted single-game best 35 yards against Idaho.