1 Mario Washington
>> At Navy: Enters the fall as a starter at wide receiver ... has good speed and can catch the ball in traffic ... a capable blocker ... could replace Tyree Barnes as Navy's big play weapon ... wants the ball in crucial situations ... also expected to be Navy's punter returner ... has earned one varsity letter.
>> 2008: Played in all 13 games, contributing as both a wide receiver as well as returner on special teams ... caught three passes for 56 yards, an average of 18.7 yards per catch ... stepped in as Navy's punt returner, running back 10 returns for 62 yards (6.2 yds/return) ... also returned a pair of kickoffs for 30 yards (15.0 yds/return) ... held to just one yard on his only punt return of the EagleBank Bowl ... returned one punt for seven yards in leading the Midshipmen to a 34-0 win over the Black Knights, as well as their sixth-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy win ... it's the first shutout against Army since 1978 (28-0) ... caught his third career pass when he and Jarod Bryant connected on a 10-yard gain against Notre Dame ... returned one Temple punt 14 yards ... caught a 39-yard pass, his first career reception, from reserve QB Ricky Dobbs, also his first collegiate pass, against No. 23 Pitt ... the reception set up a four-yard TD run by Dobbs on the ensuing play ... returned a Pitt punt for three yards ... turned in three punt returns for 22 yards, including a long run of 12 yards against Rutgers ... returned a punt for 16 yards against Duke ... returned a pair of kickoffs for 30 yards, including the first of his career for 16 yards, against Ball State.
>> 2007: Did not see any varsity action.
>> High School / Personal: A 2007 graduate of Crest High School, Washington was a three-sport standout ... earned four letters each in football and track and two in basketball ... football team won the 3A state championship his freshman and sophomore campaigns ... selected to the North Carolina Shrine Bowl All-Star Game ... maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout high school ... full name is Mario Faneak Washington ... born June 18, 1989, in Shelby, N.C. ... son of Lakima Pearson ... majoring in Oceanography.