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Paul Johnson praises senior QB Tevin Washington

Georgia Tech senior quarterback Tevin Washington leads the team with 18 rushing touchdowns on just 142 carries.

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

Although he has been the subject of criticism at times, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson was very complimentary of senior quarterback Tevin Washington on Tuesday. Speaking to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnson said that Washington has been consistent and solid for the Yellow Jackets in 2012:

"I think he's been resilient, he's kept a pretty good attitude," he said. "He's just been a good kid, a good teammate, somebody that likes to compete. I think he's gotten the max out of his ability."

Although he's only attempted 105 passes in 2012, Washington has completed throws at a much more efficient rate than he did in his junior and sophomore seasons. After completing 41.0 percent and 49.3 percent of his passes in his sophomore and junior seasons, respectively, Washington has completed 59.0 percent in 2012.

In the Georgia Tech triple option, though, the main focus for quarterbacks is to be another rushing threat for the offense. Washington has accumulated 598 yards on 142 carries with a career-best and team-leading 18 touchdowns. He sometimes rotates out with freshman quarterback Vad Lee, who has a higher amount of yards per carry but half the touchdowns of the senior.

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