Former Missouri WR L'Damian Washington shows off his speed on first XFL TD
L’Damian Washington has another “first” to add to his list of professional accomplishments. The former Mizzou wide receiver scored the first touchdown of his XFL career on Sunday.
Washington’s speed helped turn a bubble screen into a scoring play for the St. Louis BattleHawks during a fourth-quarter rally. Former Tigers teammate Marcus Lucas threw a key block to open things up for Washington. The TD is even more impressive considering Houston had 12 men on the field (the penalty was declined).
.@MizzouMonstar2 put on the BURNERS.
— XFL (@xfl2020) February 17, 2020
Here’s how Washington celebrated his first league score:
— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) February 17, 2020
It was a big play for the BattleHawks as they faced fourth-and-11 down 28-18 in the fourth quarter. While Washington’s touchdown kept St. Louis’ hopes alive, the rally fell short as the Roughnecks were able to run out the clock for a 28-24 win. Washington finished with six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
The 28-year-old is well-traveled as a professional football player. After going undrafted out of Missouri, Washington bounced around the NFL in 2014 and ’15, unable to make a regular-season roster. He made his pro football debut in 2017 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. After being cut by the Bombers in May of 2018, Washington signed with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football, which folded before completing its first season in 2019.