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’25 RB maybe the best at his position and squarely in the “Mr. Football” race

Kalen Washington is nicknamed “Jaws.” We covered him in middle school, and can tell you they called him Jaws even then. He can do some freaky, scary stuff. Washington back squats 530-pounds, front squats 460-pounds, push-presses 225, and power cleans 250. He gained close to 8-yards a carry last year, playing big-boy football (Kentucky 6A), and was the team’s leading scorer, logging points on offense and special teams. He figures to have the Defenders in the title chase in 6A, like the team was in ’23. Washington figures to be in the “Mr. Football” race as well.

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There was a movie in 1975 which launched the career of Steven Spielberg as a major motion picture director even though he didn’t win the Oscar for “Best Director” for his work on the film. The movie was based on a novel by Peter Benchley written in 1974.

The movie focused on a small-town police chief hunting a man-eating, great white shark attacking beachgoers at a summer resort town. Spielberg used ominous music, often times, to “suggest” the shark’s presence. Spielberg compared this suggestive approach to that of director, Alfred Hitchcock.

Many years later, a running back would be christened “Jaws” by football fans and coaches, across Kentucky, when that RB was still a middle school phenom. That RB is a high school super star now. They still call him “Jaws.”

Kalen “Jaws” Washington will be entering his senior year in high school. The three-star, nationally recruited RB is scarier than ever.

Over his junior year, Washington led his team to an 11-4 finish and berth in the 6A title game. The Bryan Station Defenders have rounded into one of the scarier opponents any high school team can possibly schedule.

Over his junior year, Washington led his team to an 11-4 finish and berth in the 6A title game

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Washington gained 1,311-yards, and scored 16-rushing TDs, on 165-carries; averaging 7.95 or so yards per carry. Washington led the team in scoring, tossed in a couple of two-point, special team conversations, to go along with his prodigious efforts rushing the football across the goal line.

Washington, entering his senior season, is already sporting Division-One offers to play at the collegiate level. Washington has been offered by Miami of Ohio, Ohio University, UT Martin, and Akron. We would expect some in-Kentucky heavyweights to throw their hats in the ring here pretty soon.

Washington squats 530-pounds, front squats 460-pounds, power cleans 250-pounds, and push presses a couple plates (225-pounds). That is a ton of lower-half explosiveness for the 5’9,” 210-pounder.

Washington is a nationally ranked recruit, carrying a three-star rating by both 247Sports and Rivals. He seems a sure-fire, candidate to make our Big School All-State team (again) and should be in the “Mr. Football” discussion as the season progresses.

No doubt this guy here is every bit as scary to opposing coaches and defenders as the great white shark who terrorized theaters in the 70s. Be very careful; this guy will bite defensive players just as quickly.

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Bryan Station High’s, Kalen “Jaws” Washington. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. Don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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