|#2 DERRICK WASHINGTON|
TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY TIGERS
The 2012 SIAC Football Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, Washington, is one of eight finalists selected from a field of 24 candidates within the four Super Regions across Division II. The finalists were selected by the NCAA Division II sports information directors during regional voting and will now be placed on the national ballot where 155 of the division's SIDs will select the award's 27th winner.
In his first and only season at Tuskegee, Washington, a transfer from University of Missouri, has been the lightning rod for Tuskegee's 9-1 record this year. As the seventh overall rusher in the nation, the Raymore, Missouri native, led the conference in rushing with 1,399 yards and 13 touchdowns while leading Tuskegee to its 26th SIAC Football Championship. He also averaged 8.1 yards per carry and rushed for more than 100 yards in six games, while running for 200-plus yards three times this season. In his last two outings, Washington rushed for 208 yards against Miles and 224 yards against Fort Valley State in the SIAC Championship game.