The folks at Sporting News apparently thought enough of his 2015 that they've immortalized him in Buckeye lore, making him a 2015 first team All-American. Any Buckeye named to a reputable outlets first team All-American team gets a tree planted in their honor Buckeye Grove just outside Ohio Stadium.
Washington finished his final year in Columbus with seven tackles for a loss and four sacks. He completed the season with 49 total tackles, 23 solo. He also forced a fumble and put himself into the Piesman mix with a pick 6 early in the campaign.
Washington is joined by junior safety Vonn Bell, who'd already been named a first team All-American by other outlets. Lineman Taylor Decker was named to the Sporting News All-American second team.
Perhaps most curiously, Ohio State's best defender Joey Bosa was relegated to yet another second team All-America team as well. Though Bosa's stats were far from elite in 2015 -- he was double or triple teamed literally every snap he played -- arguably no Buckeye had a more defined impact on either side of the ball this year. Bosa may have to settle for being a Top 5 NFL Draft pick and one of the best ends to ever have suited up in the scarlet and gray though consensus All-America honors would've been more than merited.
Congrats to all four Buckeyes on outstanding 2015s.