A closer look at Fresno State defensive back Malcolm Washington.
▪ Year: Sophomore
▪ Height/weight: 6-2/179
▪ Hometown: Houston
▪ High school: Alief Elsik
▪ 2014 review: Played every game last season and made seven starts as a true freshman, becoming the first true freshman on defense to make a start under coach Tim DeRuyter. Finished with 37 tackles on the season with three pass breakups. First career start came against New Mexico in Week 5 and had five tackles in a 35-24 victory.
▪ What they’re saying: “With the experience that he had as a young guy, hopefully it carries over to this year and he goes and meets the expectations that I have of him, which is to be a big-time playmaker. With Malcolm right now, his cover skills are phenomenal. He’s really looking good coming off the groin injury that he had that he got banged up. For him, the main thing I want to see is for him downing the ball from a physicality standpoint. If he can increase that area of his game and continue to take advantage of the opportunities and get his hands on the ball, he’ll be an all-conference player.” DBs coach Marcus Woodson
▪ Washington on 2015 outlook: “My personal goals for 2015 are to become the playmaker that I wasn’t for the 2014 team, become a leader and help the defense make plays. Also, I want to be a first-team Mountain West defensive back. I feel like my game has improved tremendously.”