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Pat Washington
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Auburn
Graduating Year: 1987

When Pat Washington joined the Mississippi State football coaching staff in January 2007, one of the premier wide receiver instructors in the Southeastern Conference and a coach with a connection to offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey -- was added to Sylvester Croom’s staff.

With Washington at the helm of the receiving corps, MSU threw for more touchdowns than one year prior. Under his direction, Jamayel Smith improved his pass-catching numbers from 20 for 335 yards to 31 for 503 yards. Smith had 208 yards receiving against Arkansas in 2007, tying for the second-most yards receiving in a game by a Bulldog.

Washington, 43, may have come to MSU from Kansas State University of the Big 12 Conference, but it was in the SEC that he gained his reputation as an elite developer of wide receivers. In his lone season as wide receiver coach at KSU, he helped the Wildcats finish 7-5 overall and earn a post-season invitation to play Rutgers in the Texas Bowl at Houston. Along the way, K-State defeated conference opponents Oklahoma State and Texas, two foes who earned post-season bowl wins.

He oversaw a receiving corps that accounted for 2,601 yards in 2006, a total that was 63.5 percent of the Wildcat offense and the most receiving yards at the school in three years. He had four pass catchers with 23 or more receptions this past year.

Prior to his one season in Manhattan, Kan., Washington had an ultra-successful 11-year run as the receivers coach at the University of Tennessee, from 1995-2005. It was in Knoxville where he was widely credited with helping develop the Volunteers’ traditionally strong passing game.

During his tenure with the Vols, Washington coached a string of celebrated pass catchers, including Donte’ Stallworth, Cedrick Wilson, Peerless Price, Marcus Nash and Joey Kent. In all, Washington produced 11 National Football League draft picks, including first-team, all-SEC selections Kent and Nash. Those two, with Wilson and Price, are the top four names on UT’s career receiving list.

He also helped coach Tennessee to 10 bowl berths during his 11 seasons, three Florida Citrus Bowls, two Fiesta, Peach, and Cotton Bowls, and one Orange Bowl selection. UT’s 1998 SEC Championship Game win over Mississippi State and 1999 Fiesta Bowl win over Florida State capped the Volunteers’ undefeated, national championship season.

Prior to joining the staff at Tennessee, Washington served one season as running backs coach at Baylor University (1994), two years as quarterbacks and receivers coach at Texas Christian University (1992-93) and three seasons as receivers instructor at Louisiana-Lafayette (1989-91). He began his coaching career with two seasons as a graduate assistant at Auburn University.

He also helped those schools attain post-season bowl recognition. Washington was with Baylor at the 1994 Alamo Bowl and in back-to-back Sugar Bowls with Auburn (1988-89).

A native of Mobile, Ala., Washington graduated from Auburn in 1987 with a degree in management. He played quarterback for the Tigers from 1982-85, starting his junior and senior seasons and helping coach Pat Dye’s teams to four-straight bowl games. Auburn played in the 1982 Tangerine Bowl, the ’84 Sugar Bowl, the ’84 Liberty Bowl, and the ’86 Cotton Bowl. Playing in the same backfield with Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, Washington guided AU to a 17-8 record as the school’s starting QB.

Washington and his wife Claudette have two sons, Tyson and Justin.

Playing Career
- Played quarterback for Auburn from 1982-85, starting his last two seasons
- Helped led the Tigers to four straight bowl games under coach Pat Dye
- Was 17-8 as Auburn's starting signal-caller

Coaching Career
- 1987-88: Graduate Assistant Coach, Auburn University
- 1989-91: Wide Receivers Coach, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
- 1992-93: Quarterbacks/Receivers Coach, Texas Christian University
- 1994: Running Backs Coach, Baylor University
- 1995-05: Wide Receivers Coach, University of Tennessee
- 2006: Wide Receivers Coach, Kansas State University
- 2007-present: Wide Receivers Coach, Mississippi State University

Spent 11 years as Tennessee WRs coach, tutoring 11 NFL draft picks ... Career includes 14 bowl games, five conference championships and one national title ... Started at quarterback for Auburn in the backfield with Bo Jackson.


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