92 Adolphus Washington

Adolphus Washington Ohio State
usaUnited States
Cincinnati, OH
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Post-OSU Update: Adolphus Washington was selected with the 80th overall pick (3rd round) in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Washington played three seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Bills, and recorded 62 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 35 games. (updated: Dec. 2023)

Major: Sport Industry (2014-15), Undeclared (2013)

Weight: 290 (2015), 288 (2014), 292 (2013), 289 (2012)

2015 Media Guide: Adolphus Washington is one formidable defensive lineman who is coming off his best season as a Buckeye and who is being considered among the finest defensive linemen in college football, as evidenced by his preseason All-America honors by The Sporting News, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele … a true senior who has played in 37 games, Washington is a 19-game starter and a leader along the line … he has been in on 93 career tackles, including 18.0 tackles-for-loss (83 yards) and 10.5 quarterback sacks … Washington’s honors and accolades include being named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference in 2014 and earning OSU Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2013.

2014: Washington started 14 games and played in all 15 games for the College Football Playoff national
champions … he set season and game career highs in virtually every defensive category, with 48 total tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss (42 yards) and 4.5 quarterback sacks and was named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference … he had a career high eight-tackle game vs. Minnesota, a game he also recorded a personal-best six solo tackles … registered quarterback sacks against Navy, Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan and in the national title game vs. Oregon … opened the season with a personal-best two TFLs vs. Navy … was in on 832 plays, including helping out on special teams in 13 of 15 games.

2014 Media Guide: Adolphus Washington is a true junior who has played in 22 games and started five times … he is once again healthy after being slowed throughout last season with a groin issue … that’s a good thing, because Washington can be a really fine player and his presence in the lineup reinforces Ohio State’s already-noteworthy defensive line … he enters his junior campaign with 45 career tackles and 7.5 tackles-for-loss, including five quarterback sacks … Washington has been named an OSU Scholar-Athlete.

2013: Washington played in 12 games and started five times along the defensive line (vs. Buffalo, San Diego State, Northwestern, Michigan and Clemson) … he came on the latter part of the season after missing two games – and not being 100 percent for others – with a groin issue … he registered 36 tackles, including 4.0 tackles-for-loss (12 yards) … he had quarterback sacks vs. Penn State and half-sacks vs. both Purdue and Illinois … he had a personal-best six tackles vs. Illinois and again vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.

2013 Media Guide: Adolphus Washington, on the strength of a fine freshman season in 2012 and an even better spring drills, is furiously gaining top-of-mind awareness as a young player to watch along the Ohio State defensive line … he played in 10 games last year for the undefeated Buckeyes and ranked third with 3.0 quarterback sacks for losses totaling 27 yards … his sacks, part of a nine-tackle freshman
campaign, came against Miami (in his first collegiate game), vs. Illinois and vs. Michigan … he managed to play 156 snaps on a veteran defense with a high of 31 plays vs. Central Florida … Ohio State lost all four last season starters along the defensive line to the NFL, but Washington looked powerful and unstoppable at the defensive end position this spring … and that is a really good thing.

High School: Adolphus was a Parade Magazine All-American, U.S. Army All-American and five-star recruit (Rivals.com; Scout.com; 247Sports.com) as a high school senior … he helped lead Taft High School to the 2011 Ohio state playoffs, registering 23.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 90 tackles for coach Mike Martin’s Senators … he was named the state’s Division III co-defensive player of the year and a first-team Associated Press all-state selection … the No. 1 player in the state by Scout.com and 247Sports.com and the No. 2 player in the Midwest region by SuperPrep, Washington was regarded as the nation’s 25th-best senior by Rivals.com, and he was also considered the No. 3 defensive end prospect by Scout.com, No. 5 by Rivals.com and No. 7 by ESPNU … his junior stats were similar to his senior numbers (107 tackles and 19 sacks in 2010) when he helped Taft make its first-ever state playoffs appearance … an outstanding basketball player as well, he lead the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference in scoring and rebounding … he was named the Division III basketball co-player of the year in 2011 (after leading Taft to the state Final Four) and again in 2012 when he averaged 23.1 points and 14.3 rebounds per game … he also was named in 2012 as the Gatorade Ohio player of the year in basketball.

Personal: Adolphus is the son of Adolphus Washington, Sr. and Rhonda Edwards.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2012Ohio State1009543.5293.0271000010
2013Ohio State1253618184.0122.090000000
2014Ohio State151448252310.5424.5281000300
2015Ohio State13134923267.0304.02011120101