Multiple members of Oklahoma’s football team have a big decisions to make – turn pro, return for another season, or hit the transfer portal. Woodi Washington’s mind has been made up as he confirmed during the Alamo Bowl press conference that he’ll be back in Norman in 2022.
A redshirt sophomore, Washington had all three options at his disposal. He’s three years removed from high school so he could have thrown his hat in the NFL Draft, he certainly could have explored the transfer portal considering the coaching change, and he would absolutely be welcomed back to Norman for another year of development. It’s the last of those options that made the most sense and it’s the one that he chose.
Washington definitely has the talent to play at the next level. In three seasons at Oklahoma he’s produced 80 tackles and four interceptions but what was supposed to be a career defining season in 2021 was instead a year of frustration due to injury. Washington missed more than half of the season, only appearing in five games, resulting in just 20 total tackles (16 solo). However, his performance in the Bedlam game (7 tackles/2 interceptions) showed just how special he can be when completely healthy.
The 2021 season didn’t launch Woodi Washington into the NFL but perhaps the Alamo Bowl can launch him into an All-Conference projection in 2022.
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