November 3, 2009

Notebook: Washington makes move

Demond Washington has played cornerback. He's played running back, receiver, quarterback and returned kicks and punts.

But the Auburn junior had never played safety -- until Tuesday.

Washington, who has worked as a backup corner and nickel corner this season, moved to safety following the season-ending injury to Zac Etheridge.

"Our goal is to put the four best players on the field," head coach Gene Chizik said.

Washington, who learned of the move early Tuesday morning when he was told to report to the safeties meeting, said he was pleased about the opportunity for more playing time.

"It goes to show that the coaches trust me to get in and get the job done. I'm not going to let them down," Washington said.

Washington, who is listed as 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, said he won't have any problem stepping up in the box and playing against the run.

"I'm a physical guy. I love to hit. It's going to be great," he said.

Washington said he'd already received advice and encouragement from Etheridge and was also getting help from injured safety Mike McNeil and redshirt freshman T'Sharvan Bell during his first practice as a safety Tuesday.

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