High school football fans around the nation
fill stadiums to see great players make great
plays. But with each great play, there is plenty
of hard work that is invested off the field – and
behind the scenes. We’ll attempt to shed some
light on the life of a high school football player
off the field in our 24-7-365 series.
TWO DAYS AFTER HIS SOUTHLAKE Christian team won the state champi- onship, Robert Washington was already preparing for the 2014 season.
While most players stepped away from the
game for a rest or prepared for a winter or
spring sport, Washington began an individual
training program that he adheres to until returning to practice in August.
The 5-foot- 10, 205-pound junior running
back, who has rushed for 3,529 yards and 39
touchdowns in two seasons, has been training
with a former professional football player in
Gastonia, N.C., for the past three years and has
improved his speed, power, strength and size.
“You don’t want to get big and slow or too little
and fast,” he said. “You want it to be balanced.”
Four days a week, Washington and his train-
er, Tremayne Stephens (Chargers and Colts),
do speed, power and weight training to develop
explosiveness with squats, jumps, calisthenics
and sled, rope and resistance drills.
“The legs are the biggest part of the body
They’ll keep up the Monday, Wednesday, Fri-
and it’s the most important part for a running
back,” Washington said. “The first 20 yards are
the most important [to elude a defender].”
Under Stephens’ tutelage, Washington has
shaved his 40-yard dash time down to 4. 47
day and Sunday routine until a couple of weeks
before summer camp.
“[Tremayne] trains me well and keeps me in
tip-top shape,” Washington said.
In addition to physically training him, Stephens mentors Washington on the recruiting
process and offers guidance on nutrition such
as replenishing muscles with proteins and staying away from fast food.
Once the season starts, Washington lifts
once a week with his team at practice and uses
the rest of the week to mentally prepare for the
“Our coach does a good job of keeping our bod-
ies fresh so we can do our thing on Friday night,”
he said. “Depending on how my legs and body
feel, I can’t do anything if they’re not working.”
With over 30 scholarship offers, Washington
plans to verbally commit after National Signing
Day in February and enroll at his chosen school
in January 2016.
rB, Southlake Christian
“DEPENDING ON HOW MY LEGS AND BODY FEEL, I CAN’T DO ANYTHING IF THEY’RE NOT WORKING.”
— ROBERT WASHINGTON
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