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Fan Appreciation Day (Football - 2014)
App State Football BIO
15 Tony Washington
One of the two senior members of Appalachian State’s ultra-talented corps of wide receivers (the other being Andrew Peacock) … is slated to start at the ‘Y’ receiver position that he manned last season, after moving from the ‘X’ position that he occupied as a sophomore in 2011 … is also the top kick returner in Appalachian history with a 26.5-yard career average, a full yard higher than the current school record-holder (Charles Fowler - 1978-81) … in all, the speedster is perhaps the most prominent big-play threat on a team loaded with players that can score every time the ball is in their hands … comes into his senior campaign with 26 career starts, tops among all current Mountaineers … is also one of the team’s top performers in the classroom as an FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star and academic all-district and all-conference honoree.

2012: Played in all 12 games, including 11 starts at the ‘Y’ receiver position … saw his string of 24-consecutive starts come to an end when he started the regular-season finale versus Furman on the sideline to allow senior Jonathan Shively to make his first-career start on Senior Day … ranked third on the team with 39 receptions and 472 receiving yards … three touchdown catches ranked fifth on the squad … biggest contribution to the squad may have come as a return specialist, where he earned second-team all-Southern Conference accolades from the league’s coaches … ranked 11th nationally with a 27.3-yard kickoff-return average and tied for 21st nationally with a 9.0-yard punt-return average (good for second in the SoCon in both categories) … 27.3-yard kickoff-return average was the second-highest in single-season school history … 629 total kickoff-return yards were good for seventh in Appalachian State’s single-season annals … ranked 66th nationally with 109.7 all-purpose yards per game (629 on kick returns, 472 receiving, 144 on punt returns and 71 on rushes) … made at least at least one reception in every game and had multiple catches in 11 of the 12 contests … opened the season with a career day as a receiver, piling up a career-high 102 receiving yards on seven catches (which matched a career high) at East Carolina … thanks to 176 yards on six kickoff returns, set a career high with 210 all-purpose yards in Week 3 loss to The Citadel … also recorded first rushing touchdown of his career (on only second-career carry) from 22 yards out in the setback to The Citadel … had two catches for 61 yards, including a career-long 54-yard touchdown in homecoming win over Elon … had a big day in loss to Wofford, matching his career high for the third time with seven receptions (for 75 yards) and a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown … the 99-yard kickoff return was the longest by a Mountaineer in 44 years, dating back to Keith Nash’s school-record 100-yard return versus Lenoir-Rhyne in 1968 … was named the Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. the Terriers … had first-career two-touchdown game (32-yard reception, 17-yard rush) in win at Western Carolina … jumped high over Georgia Southern safety Deion Stanley to make an acrobatic 23-yard fourth-quarter touchdown catch that proved to be the winning points in Appalachian’s 31-28 win over top-ranked GSU … made six catches for 37 yards in SoCon-title-clinching win over Furman in regular-season finale … amassed 159 return yards (118 kickoff, 41 punt) in season-ending overtime loss to Illinois State in second round of NCAA Division I Football Championship … hauled in a plethora of honors for his achievement on the field and in the classroom, including being named to the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team, earning first-team academic all-district accolades from the College Sports Information Directors of America and being named academic all-Southern Conference for the second-straight year.

2011: Started all 12 games at the ‘X’ wide receiver position … caught at least one pass in every game … finished third on the team with 355 receiving yards and fourth with 32 receptions … caught two touchdown passes and averaged 11.1 yards per catch, both good for third on the squad … season was a tale of two halves, with eight receptions for 116 yards in the first six games of the campaign and 24 catches for 239 yards over the final six contests of the year … highlights of the first half of the season were a 41-yard reception in the opener at Virginia Tech and a 28-yard touchdown catch at The Citadel … opened the second half in style with six catches for a season-high 78 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown, in homecoming win over Samford … caught three passes for 32 yards in win over No. 1 Georgia Southern … hauled in a season-best seven receptions for 59 yards at Furman … caught five passes for 33 yards in victory over Western Carolina … had two receptions for 21 yards in come-from-behind triumph at Elon … had a 16-yard catch in season-ending loss to Maine … earned academic all-Southern Conference recognition for achievements on the field and in the classroom.

2010: Appeared in all 13 games, splitting duties between special teams and wide receiver ... made seven tackles (six solo) and forced two fumbles on special teams ... made one of the biggest plays of the season in his collegiate debut, a 42-41 come-from-behind triumph at Chattanooga in the season opener ... following an Appalachian touchdown in the final period,  Washington forced a fumble on a UTC kickoff return that was recovered by ASU and set up a touchdown that helped the Mountaineers’ rally from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit ... caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown and rushed twice for five yards as a wideout ... three of his four receptions came in the first three games of the season — a 32-yarder versus Jacksonville and two catches for 34 yards, including a diving 35-yard touchdown reception, versus North Carolina Central ... had three touches during the postseason ... returned a punt 15 yards and ran once for seven yards in win over Western Illinois and caught a five-yard pass in season-ending loss to Villanova.

2009: Redshirted.

High School: Local product amassed over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a senior, including 43 receptions for 600 yards and 350 rushing yards ... tallied 16 total touchdowns in 12 games (eight receiving, five rushing and three kickoff returns) ... also threw a touchdown pass ... helped lead Andrews to an 8-4 overall record and playoff appearance in 2008 ... earned Piedmont 3-A all-conference recognition ... an honorable mention all-area selection by the Greensboro News & Record ... carried a stellar 4.6 grade point average ... coached by Rodney McCoy.

Personal: Full name is Michael Anthony Washington II ... born Oct. 18, 1990 (turns 23 during season) ... son of Barbara and Michael Washington ... majoring in architectural design ... member of Appalachian State athletics’ and Southern Conference academic honor rolls … was honored as Appalachian State’s Most Outstanding Architectural Design Student in 2012-13 … earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the 2012 fall semester …  was the winner of the architectural design department’s portfolio competition for the 2013 spring semester.
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
City/State: High Point, N.C.
High School: T.W. Andrews
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