BEN WASHINGTON
Free Safety
1994-1997
Tallahassee, FL
Biography
Washington was the number one recruit in Brad Scottís first recruiting class. An all-state defensive back in 1993, he had multiple honors, including being named to the St. Petersburg Times Blue Chip list, the Florida Super Seniors, the Palm Beach Post National Top 25 and the Dallas Morning News National Top 100. SuperPrep named him an All-American and ranked him the number five player in Florida. He played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game and picked USC over Miami, Syracuse and Florida State. Washington took over the starting free safety spot midway through his freshman season (1994). He earned Freshman All-SEC honors that year and won the Scott Sinclair Outstanding Freshman Award. He made one of the big plays in Carolinaís first ever bowl win, picking off a West Virginia pass at the Gamecock nine yard line and returning it 42 yards to set up USCís winning touchdown. He moved to strong safety in 1995 and started 31 games at that position over the next three years. In 1995 he was named second team All-SEC and was the teamís leading tackler. Washington was fourth on the team in tackles in 1996 and had an interception in the 23-14 win over Georgia; he tied for the lead in tackles in 1997. One of his big plays that season was nailing Vanderbilt punter Joe Webb for a loss at the Commodore 10 yard line, setting up a Gamecock touchdown. He also forced a fumble against Kentucky that led to a touchdown in a 38-24 USC win. Washington was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1997 and played in the Blue-Gray Game that year. He went on to play for the Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League.
Prior Schools
SchoolLocation
Lincoln Tallahassee, FL

Roster Listings
YearRosterNumPosHtWtYrGmsGS
1994 Program vs Mississippi State 6 DB 6-1 190 Fr 6 6
1995 Media Guide 6 FS 6-1 203 So 9 9
1996 Program vs Georgia 6 SS 5-11 204 Jr 11 11
1997 Lindy's 1997 Annual 6 SS 6-0 200 Sr
1997 Auburn 1997 6 SS 6-0 200 Sr 11 11
Depth Chart Appearances
DescriptionPositionRank
10/15/1994 vs Mississippi State Free Safety 2nd String
1995 Media Guide Strong Safety Starter
9/2/1995 vs Georgia Strong Safety Starter
9/14/1996 vs Georgia Strong Safety Starter
Gamecock Archives Article Mentions
Article
Recruiting Class Review : 1994
Honors
AwardYear
1994 Scott Sinclair Outstanding Freshman
1994 SEC All-Freshman
1995 All-SEC 2nd Team
1997 Academic All-SEC
1997 Blue-Gray Game
Recruiting Rankings and Honors
SourcePositionRank
Athlon's Southeastern Elite 50 RB
BlueChip Illustrated National Top 100 ALL 5
BlueChip Illustrated National Top 100 DB 1
Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Florida Prospects DB
Max Emfinger All-Americans FS 1
Max Eminger Florida Blue Chips FS
Sporting News National Top 100 DB 1
Sporting News National Top 20 ALL 5
SuperPrep Magazine National Elite 100 DB 3
Defense
YearSoloAstTklTFLSacksIntPBUQBHFRFFBK
1994 21 32 53 4.0 6.0 1 0 0 0 0
1995 51 42 93 2.0 0.0 0 2 0 1 0
1996 35 53 88 0.0 0.0 1 4 0 0 0 0
1997 54 38 92 2.0 1.0 1 7 0 0 2 0
Tot 161 165 326 8.0 7.0 2 12 2 0 3 0
Games Started
DateOpponentPosition
1994-10-15 Mississippi State Free Safety
1994-10-22 Vanderbilt Free Safety
1994-10-29 Tennessee Free Safety
1994-11-12 Florida Free Safety
1994-11-19 Clemson Free Safety
1995-01-02 West Virginia Free Safety
1995-09-02 Georgia Strong Safety
1995-09-09 Arkansas Strong Safety
1995-09-16 Louisiana Tech Strong Safety
1995-10-07 Kent State Strong Safety
1995-10-14 Mississippi State Strong Safety
1995-10-21 Vanderbilt Strong Safety
1995-10-28 Tennessee Strong Safety
1995-11-11 Florida Strong Safety
1995-11-18 Clemson Strong Safety
1996-09-07 Central Florida Strong Safety
1996-09-14 Georgia Strong Safety
1996-09-21 East Carolina Strong Safety
1996-09-28 Mississippi State Strong Safety
1996-10-05 Auburn Strong Safety
1996-10-12 Kentucky Strong Safety
1996-10-19 Arkansas Strong Safety
1996-10-26 Vanderbilt Strong Safety
1996-11-02 Tennessee Strong Safety
1996-11-16 Florida Strong Safety
1996-11-23 Clemson Strong Safety
1997-09-06 Central Florida Strong Safety
1997-09-13 Georgia Strong Safety
1997-09-20 East Carolina Strong Safety
1997-09-27 Mississippi State Strong Safety
1997-10-04 Auburn Strong Safety
1997-10-11 Kentucky Strong Safety
1997-10-18 Arkansas Strong Safety
1997-10-25 Vanderbilt Strong Safety
1997-11-01 Tennessee Strong Safety
1997-11-15 Florida Strong Safety
1997-11-22 Clemson Strong Safety
Single Game Interceptions
SeasonGame DateOpponentIntYdsTDPasser
1997 1997-09-27 Mississippi State 1 0 0 Matt Wyatt
Scoring Plays
DateOpponentQtrTimeUSCOppPlay
1995-10-07 Kent State 3 02:38 70 0 Ben Washington, 15-yd fumble return (Reed Morton kick)
Defense - Tackles For Loss
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 2 8 CLM 30 Lamont Pegues rush for loss of 6 (Ben Washington)
Defense - Passes Broken Up
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1994 1994-11-19 Clemson 1 10 CLM 39 Louis Solomon pass for Antwuan Wyatt incomplete (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-09-13 Georgia 3 10 USC 15 Bobo pass for Small incomplete (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-04 Auburn 2 2 AUB 36 Craig pass for Goodson incomplete (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 3 5 VAN 25 Allen pass for Yoder incomplete (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 2 16 USC 32 Allen pass for Baker incomplete (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 3 16 USC 32 Allen pass for Winkler incomplete (Ben Washington)
Defense - Interceptions
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1994 1995-01-02 West Virginia 3 14 USC 29 Johnson pass intercepted by Ben Washington at SC 9, returned 42 yards (Purnell)
1997 1997-09-27 Mississippi State 3 9 MST 49 Wyatt pass intercepted by Ben Washington at SC 34, no yards on return
Defensive Plays
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1994 1994-09-17 Louisiana Tech 1 10 USC 37 Larry Jackson, 16-yd pass from Wade Hill (Ben Washington)
1994 1994-10-15 Mississippi State 2 10 MST 45 Davis rush for 9 (Ben Washington)
1994 1994-10-15 Mississippi State 1 10 USC 48 McCrary, 16-yd pass from Taite (Ben Washington)
1994 1994-11-12 Florida 1 10 USC 47 Jackson, 6-yd pass from Danny Wuerffel (Ben Washington)
1994 1994-11-12 Florida 2 1 USC 48 Williams rush for 10 (Ben Washington, Tony Watkins)
1994 1994-11-12 Florida 2 5 FLA 26 Taylor rush for 7 (Ben Washington)
1994 1994-11-12 Florida 1 10 FLA 29 Jackson rush for 8 (Ben Washington)
1994 1994-11-19 Clemson 1 10 USC 33 Lamont Pegues around right end for 7 (Ben Washington) - CU illegal block
1994 1995-01-02 West Virginia 1 10 WVA 26 Purnell, 6-yd pass from Johnson (Ben Washington)
1994 1995-01-02 West Virginia 2 4 WVA 32 Walker rush for 5 (Ben Washington, Terry Cousin)
1994 1995-01-02 West Virginia 2 3 WVA 37 Purnell, 27-yd pass from Johnson (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-02 Georgia 1 10 UGA 31 Robert Edwards rush for 11 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-02 Georgia 2 1 UGA 35 Robert Edwards rush for 6 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-02 Georgia 1 10 UGA 41 Hunter, 11-yd pass from Bobo (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-02 Georgia 2 15 UGA 49 Robert Edwards rush for 1 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-02 Georgia 2 13 UGA 39 Hines Ward, 38-yd pass from Mike Bobo (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 2 6 USC 46 J.J. Meadors, 11-yd pass from Barry Lunney (Ron Nealy, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 1 10 USC 35 Heringer, no gain on pass from Lunney (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 1 10 ARK 44 Madre Hill rush for 1 (Ben Washington, Ronnie Smith)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 3 3 USC 49 M.Johnson rush for 2 (Ben Washington, Aubrey Brooks)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 2 1 USC 8 Madre Hill rush for 7 (Aubrey Brooks, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 2 21 ARK 34 Johnson rush for 9 (Ben Washington, Benji Young)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 1 10 USC 18 Henry rush for 17 (Ben Washington, Chris Abrams)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 2 6 ARK 24 Madre Hill rush for 7 (Ben Washington, Patrick Garth)
1995 1995-09-09 Arkansas 4 9 USC 30 Nichols rush for 1 (Ben Washington, Mike Washington)
1995 1995-09-16 Louisiana Tech 1 10 USC 35 Mackey, 18-yd pass from Burks (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-30 Louisiana State 1 10 USC 43 Eddie Kennison rush for 7 (Jeff Kilgore, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-30 Louisiana State 2 6 LSU 35 Kevin Faulk rush for no gain (Hank Campbell, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-30 Louisiana State 1 8 USC 8 Kevin Faulk rush for 5 (Benji Young, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-09-30 Louisiana State 1 10 LSU 20 Eddie Kennison, 21-yd pass from Jamie Howard (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-07 Kent State 1 10 KNT 32 Santiago, 9-yd pass from Goebbel (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-07 Kent State 1 10 KNT 21 Walker, 4-yd pass from O'Brien (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-07 Kent State 2 13 KNT 20 Baker loss of 5 on pass from Reisland, fumble, recovered by (Ben Washington) at KS 15, returned 15 yards, touchdown
1995 1995-10-07 Kent State 1 10 KNT 30 Baker, 29-yd pass from O'Brien (Ben Washington, Jeff Kilgore)
1995 1995-10-07 Kent State 1 10 USC 41 Santiago, 22-yd pass from O'Brien (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 1 10 50 McGee rush for 5 (Arturo Freeman, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 1 10 USC 20 McGee rush for 11 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 1 10 MST 7 McGee rush for 3 (Ben Washington, Maynard Caldwell)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 2 7 MST 10 McGee, 21-yd pass from Taite (Ben Washington, Arturo Freeman)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 4 1 USC 49 McGee rush for 1 (Ben Washington, Mike Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 2 8 MST 45 Daniels, 9-yd pass from Taite (Jeff Kilgore, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 1 10 USC 45 McGee rush for no gain (Benji Young, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 1 10 50 Keffer McGee rush for 5 (Arturo Freeman, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 1 10 USC 20 Keffer McGee rush for 11 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 1 10 MST 7 Keffer McGee rush for 3 (Ben Washington, Maynard Caldwell)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 2 7 MST 10 Keffer McGee, 21-yd pass from Derrick Taite (Ben Washington, Arturo Freeman)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 4 1 USC 49 Keffer McGee rush for 1 (Ben Washington, Mike Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 3 8 MST 30 Coleman, 13-yd pass from Taite (Benji Young, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 2 8 MST 45 Daniels, 9-yd pass from Taite (Jeff Kilgore, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 1 10 USC 45 McGee rush for no gain (Benji Young, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-10-14 Mississippi State 3 10 USC 45 Taite scrambles for 6 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-11-11 Florida 1 10 FLA 45 Williams rush for 9 (Ronnie Smith, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-11-11 Florida 1 9 USC 9 Williams rush for 6 (Arturo Freeman, Ben Washington)
1995 1995-11-11 Florida 1 10 USC 40 Allen, 15-yd pass from Wuerffel (Ben Washington, Aubrey Brooks)
1995 1995-11-11 Florida 2 9 USC 21 McGriff rush for 9 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 2 14 CLM 36 Nealon Greene rush for 9 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 2 10 CLM 34 Lamont Pegues rush for 8 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 1 10 CLM 30 Lamont Pegues rush for 9 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 2 9 CLM 15 Lamont Pegues rush for 5 (Ben Washington)
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 1 15 USC 45 Lamont Pegues rush for no gain (Ben Washington, Selvesta Miller)
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 2 15 USC 45 Tony Horne, 25-yd pass from Nealon Greene (Ben Washington, Arturo Freeman)
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 1 10 USC 20 Lamont Pegues rush for 2 (Ben Washington, Lee Wiggins)
1995 1995-11-18 Clemson 1 10 CLM 30 Nealon Greene rush for loss of 3, fumble, recovered by (Ben Washington) at CU 27
1997 1997-09-06 Central Florida 3 21 UCF 11 Lee, 22-yd pass from Daunte Culpepper (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-09-06 Central Florida 3 3 UCF 40 Grant rush for 16 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-09-13 Georgia 1 10 UGA 20 Arnaud rush for 3 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-09-13 Georgia 1 10 UGA 35 Bobo rush for 7 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-09-13 Georgia 1 10 UGA 24 Gary rush for 4 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-09-13 Georgia 1 10 50 Gary rush for 11 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-09-27 Mississippi State 1 10 MST 12 Johnson rush for 8 (Arturo Freeman, Ben Washington)
1997 1997-09-27 Mississippi State 3 7 MST 26 Butler, 11-yd pass from Wyatt (Ben Washington, Kevin Brooks, Marco Hutchinson)
1997 1997-09-27 Mississippi State 1 10 MST 37 Jennings, 11-yd pass from Wyatt (Ben Washington, Corey Atkins)
1997 1997-09-27 Mississippi State 1 8 USC 20 Isaac rush for 5 (Ben Washington, Corey Atkins)
1997 1997-09-27 Mississippi State 2 13 USC 32 Johnson rush for 3 (Kevin Brooks, Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-04 Auburn 1 10 AUB 17 Rusty Williams rush for 1 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-04 Auburn 3 1 USC 41 Fred Beasley rush for no gain (Ben Washington, Marco Hutchinson)
1997 1997-10-04 Auburn 1 10 USC 45 Rusty Williams, 8-yd pass from Dameyune Craig, fumble, forced by (Ben Washington) recovered by (Homer Torrance) at SC 37, returned 10 yards
1997 1997-10-04 Auburn 1 10 AUB 24 Goodson,18-yd pass from Craig (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-04 Auburn 1 10 AUB 42 Rusty Williams rush for 3 (Cecil Caldwell, Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-04 Auburn 3 1 USC 39 Rusty Williams rush for 1 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-04 Auburn 2 15 AUB 18 Fred Beasley rush for 2 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-11 Kentucky 1 10 USC 39 Homer, 11-yd pass from Couch (Ben Washington, Ray Green)
1997 1997-10-11 Kentucky 1 10 UKY 25 Anthony White, 1-yd pass from Tim Couch (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-11 Kentucky 1 10 UKY 37 Homer rush for 13, fumble, forced by (Ben Washington) recovered by (Kevin Brooks) at midfield
1997 1997-10-11 Kentucky 1 10 UKY 28 Craig Yeast, 15-yd pass from Tim Couch (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-11 Kentucky 2 2 USC 20 Anthony White rush for 4 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-11 Kentucky 3 13 UKY 45 Craig Yeast, 17-yd pass from Tim Couch (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-18 Arkansas 3 10 ARK 30 Mike Williams, 3-yd pass from Clint Stoerner (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-18 Arkansas 1 5 USC 23 Eric Branch rush for 4 (Ben Washington, Arturo Freeman)
1997 1997-10-18 Arkansas 1 5 USC 7 Eric Branch rush for 2 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-18 Arkansas 2 3 USC 5 Eric Branch rush for 3 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 1 10 VAN 9 Morgan rush for 10 (Ben Washington, Kevin Brooks)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 2 1 VAN 29 Yoder, 33-yd pass from Allen (Ben Washington, Arturo Freeman)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 1 10 USC 11 J.Williams rush for 6 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 3 2 VAN 40 J.Williams rush for no gain (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 1 10 VAN 14 J.Williams rush for 16 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-10-25 Vanderbilt 2 2 USC 47 Jared McGrath rush for 7 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 3 19 FLA 17 Fred Taylor rush for 17 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 1 10 FLA 32 McGriff, 17-yd pass from Doug Johnson (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 1 10 FLA 49 Fred Taylor rush for 3 (Arturo Freeman, Ben Washington)
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 1 10 FLA 20 Bo Carroll rush for 26 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 2 7 FLA 26 Fred Taylor rush for loss of 3, fumble, recovered by (Ben Washington) at UF 23
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 1 10 FLA 20 Fred Taylor, 14-yd pass from Noah Brindise (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 1 10 FLA 15 Fred Taylor rush for 4 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 1 10 FLA 45 Fred Taylor rush for 7 (Ben Washington)
1997 1997-11-15 Florida 2 10 USC 28 Fred Taylor rush for 1 (Ben Washington)