Sterling, VA (August 20, 2015) – Dominion senior running back / defensive back Taliek Washington has committed to play football for Bryant University beginning the 2016-2017 academic school year.
“I committed to Bryant because of their solid academic program, I felt their athletic program was on the rise, and I had a very positive recruiting experience with them, said Washington. Coach Marty Fine and I would often email each other just to get to know one another. He was very easy going.”
“I was sitting at home doing some research on Bryant and I just felt like it was the best fit for me. I truly believed I would personally benefit from the experience, so I sat down with both my family and Coach Buck (Dominion) to discuss the commitment. Their support and guidance about making the right choice made the decision much easier.”
Bryant University is a private university, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, perfectly situated in the center of New England. Bryant has earned a distinguished reputation for preparing students with the knowledge, skills and qualities of character to succeed in an interconnected world of unlimited global opportunity. Bryant is ranked 14th in the Regional Universities (North) category, and as a result of innovations in academics, faculty and student life, is ranked second on a list of “up-and-coming” universities, both by U.S. News & World report. Nearly 50% of its students study abroad, 100% of its classes are taught by professors as opposed to teaching assistants, 100% of its students complete both a major and minor, and 98.6% of the class of 2014 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Washington’s head football coach will be Marty Fine. Fine begins his 12th season at the helm of the Bulldog football team. In 11 years, Fine has posted seven winning seasons and an overall 70-49 record. The football program enjoyed its best season under Fine at the Division I level in 2014 when he guided the Bulldogs to a program record-tying eight wins (8-3) and its first and highest national ranking (25th and 21st) at the Division I level. That same year, he was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the top coach in the Football Championship Subdivision.
“I truly respect the coaching staff, said Washington. They told me that their main goal was to get their players to graduate. And if a player got injured, they would still have the team’s support. No matter what, the ultimate goal was to get a college degree.”
Asked about one of his fondest memories playing high school football Washington shared, “Our homecoming game against Loudoun County! We were pretty much down the entire game and went into the half down 21-7. In the locker room we stressed the need to give it our all and we came out of the half strong. Our defense didn’t let up, our offense was firing on all cylinders, and then our quarterback, Scotty Forbes threw a touchdown pass assisted by a phenomenal catch by Luke Thompson to win the game 28-21 in the final seconds. We came together as a family that night.”
“I am thankful for God, Coach Buckwalter and my family for always having my back and giving me support when I needed it.”
Asked what advice he’d give others pursuing their dream Washington replied, “Keep working towards achieving your goals. You will face adversity, but you have to stay positive and never give up.”
Please join us in wishing Taliek Washington the very best in his success on the gridiron, and in his pursuit of broadcasting degree at Bryant University.