He quickly made his name known, playing in 11 games and tallying the most rushing yards by a Texas Tech Freshman in nearly a decade. Then in the blink of an eye his bright future turned gray.
“It just showed me, never take it for granted," Washington said.
A torn ACL ended his season and only raised questions. Washington would redshirt the next year, partaking on a wearisome recovery that would teach him more than he could ever have imagined.
"Just trials and tribulations; it's just part of the game,” Washington said. “Not only does it build you as an athlete but as a man and I think going through that was probably one of the greatest things that could happen to me.”
Washington said it helped build his character; a foundation supporting him on into the 2013 season that saw him reach career high’s in six offensive categories.
Now, Deandre is fully healed and with the move of Kenny Williams from running back to linebacker, he and his coaches are looking for him to take on a more featured role.
"Been very impressed with Deandre's approach this summer,” Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks said. “He's got his body in great shape he's almost two and a half years removed from his knee surgery and we're looking for big things from him."
“I just think you need to take advantage and I think it's a great opportunity for me as well as the other running backs,” Washington said.
An opportunity he’s been fighting for since he first stepped foot on the practice field.
“There were points in the last season where I wasn't 100 percent and right now I feel like I'm as healthy as I've ever been since I've been here. So, I think that will be huge going into this season."