51 Tyler Washburn
51 Tyler Washburn
Height: 6-1
Weight: 230
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Sammamish, Wash.
High School: Skyline HS '08
Position: LB
Experience: 2L*

Career:  Has started 19 career games, the fourth-most on the Eagle defense.

2011: Listed as a co-starter with Grant Williams at strong-side inside linebacker on preseason depth chart. Did not participate in spring drills because of surgery following a knee injury suffered late in the 2010 season.

2010: Started all 15 games, and came up with one of the biggest plays in the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs with a 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the semifinals against Villanova (12/17/10). David Gaylord forced the fumble as EWU took a 34-24 lead with 13:56 left in the game before winning by a 41-31 margin. However, Washburn played sparingly in the NCAA Division I Championship Game (1/7/11) after suffering a knee injury in a practice before the game. He had only one tackle in the 20-19 victory over Delaware, but two games earlier, he had a season-high 10 with a pass broken up in a 38-31 overtime victory over North Dakota State (12/11/10) in the quarterfinals. He had nine tackles in a 37-17 first-round victory over Southeast Missouri State, and earlier in the season had nine tackles in back-to-back games versus Weber State (10/2/10) and Northern Arizona (10/9/10). He also had an interception and 32-yard return versus Weber State. He returned an interception 55 yards (21st-longest in school history) for a touchdown and had three tackles in a 35-32 win over Central Washington (9/11/10), as he earned honorable-mention accolades nationally by the College Football Performance Awards. His performance against CWU also earned him team defensive player of the week honors. He helped the Eagle defense rank first nationally in interceptions (total of 26) and turnovers gained (47), and finish sixth nationally in red zone defense, as it allowed just 38 scores in 58 opponent trips inside the Eagle 20-yard line. He had 17 tackles in four spring scrimmages.

2009: Played in all 12 Eastern games, including four as a starter as an injury replacement for senior Kyle Wilkins. He made his first career start against Montana (10/17/09) and had nine tackles, then had a season-high 11 against Montana State (10/24/09). He had nine versus Portland State (10/31/09) and five versus Southern Utah (10/14/09) before a knee injury kept him out of the starting lineup for EWU’s final two games of the season.

2008: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from Skyline HS in 2008. Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Was a first-team All-KingCo 3A League selection as a running back. He rushed 212 times for 1,388 yards (6.6 per carry) and 21 touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 78 yards and a score. He helped lead Skyline to a perfect 14-0 record and the State 3A title with a 42-35 victory over O’Dea in the championship game. His top performance of the season was 190 yards in a 28-0 victory over Mount Si. He earned honorable-mention All-KingCo 3A League honors as a junior when he had 59 carries for 335 yards (5.7 per carry) and five touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 60 yards. His Eagle teammates Evan Day (’10) and Jase Butorac (’10) also attended Skyline, and former Eagle Jason Harris (’06) and Washburn helped the school win the State 4A title in 2005.

Personal: Born 11/8/89 in Oakland, Calif. Will turn 22 four days before Eastern plays at Cal Poly. His brother, Nick, plays for the Eagles as a reserve running back. Visual communication design major.

Year GP     TT    Hi     S    TL-Yds     FF-FR PBU  I-Yds
2009 12   58    11    0    3-5            3-0   0    0-0
2010 15   86    10   0.5  7-10          0-1   1    2-87
Tot.  27   144  11  0.5  10-15      3-1  1    2-87

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