Ohio State Football Linebacker Coach Al Washington
Al Washington was born on April 22, 1984 and is one of the great American football coaches of the times. What makes Washington so great as a coach, is the fact that he used to be an actual player of the game as well. Currently, Washington has earned his place with the Ohio State Buckeye football team as the Linebacker coach. Before he found his way to the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, he was the linebacker coach for another prestigious college football team, the Michigan Wolverines.
If you know anything about football, then you already know that the linebacker position is going to be one of the most important positions on the entire team. But what makes Al Washington so great at coaching them? Here is everything that you need to know about the current Ohio State Buckeyes football team linebacker coach, Al Washington.
Who is Al Washington?
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Al Washington is currently in the middle of his second season as the linebacker coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. He originally was given the opportunity to join the Buckeyes on January 8, 2019 and decided that this would be the best fit for him. He is currently on his 13th year of being a linebacker coach for several different teams at the collegiate level of football.
Washington actually not only played on the Boston College football team, but he would also end up coaching on the team as well. When he was the coach of Boston College, he would meet and become friends with Ryan Day, who is currently the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but just another coach at the time with Boston College. On top of this, Washington would also have some very serious ties to the Buckeye football team, as he did actually grow up around the Ohio Buckeye Stadium, as he attended high school at Bishop Watterson Hight School, which was nearby. Washington’s father, Al Washington Sr., would also have ties to the Buckeyes, as he played as a linebacker for them between 1977 and 1980, still ranking at the number eight spot for the most career tackles by a linebacker, sitting at 345.
Al Washington and the Ohio State Buckeyes
The younger Al Washington would end up helping the Buckeye’s defense lead the entire nation in four different statistical categories through the 2019 season. These different categories would include the total defense and total passing yards allowed, while the team would end up going to a 13-1 record, as well as an outright Big Ten Conference championship for a third consecutive year in a row. As if that wasn’t enough, he would also use his skills and his knowledge to help develop four different linebackers who would all make it into all-conference performers, having one of them, Malik Harrison, go as a first-team honoree, while the other three, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, and Tuf Borland, would all earn honorable mentions.
Al Washington and the Michigan Wolverines
During the 2018 season, Washington would spend his time coaching the linebackers at Michigan, helping the Wolverines football team reaching the number 3 rank overall for defense, as well as being the second ranked defensive team when it came to defense against the pass. Very similar to Ohio State, all of Washington’s linebackers would earn high remarks, as they would all earn themselves all-Big Ten honors, while one of them, Devin Bush, would be not just an All-American, but would also become a finalist for the Butkus Award, as well as the Big Ten’s Woodson-Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year, plus the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year.
Aside from working with just the linebackers while coaching at Michigan, Washington would also assist with the special teams as well. With his help, the Wolverines were able to work their way up to being tied for fourth nationally when it came to blocked punts, and they would actually lead the Big Ten (which is the conference that they play in) in punt average and would end up allowing only one kick for 30 yards or more, for the entire season.
When it comes to linebackers and just defense in general, you are going to have a very hard time finding somebody that is as knowledgeable and intuitive as Al Washington. He has not only played on the field as a linebacker but has been able to take his knowledge from those experiences and turn them into something that can be learned by the other linebackers that he coaches.