One little tidbit that Smart mentioned in yesterday’s presser that probably didn’t get much attention because the Pickens injury sucked all the oxygen out of the tent was that Darnell Washington is still growing.
How big is it for Darnell Washington to go through first spring with the team?
“It’s big for everybody to go through spring, right? I mean, it’s a huge deal to get the spring practice. It really would have been his first spring practice anyway. He’s grown a lot. He’s a lot smarter. He’s in better condition. He’s in better mental toughness state. Part of being a good player is pushing through practice and being able to sustain. He struggled to sustain through tough practices last year. He’s done that this year. He’s practiced a little harder. He’s doing some good thing. He’s still really big. He’s 275, 280 pounds. He’s a different kind of matchup guy.”
He’s put on another 15-20 pounds! Assuming he’s done so without a loss of speed or flexibility, Washington may very well be the scariest offensive player in the SEC this season. And I’m here for that.