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Penn State WR Parker Washington Declares for NFL Draft

Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (3) November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

Penn State receiver Parker Washington has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft, he announced via Twitter Friday afternoon.

Washington was Penn State’s leading receiver in the 2022 regular season, despite missing the last two games with an injury.

He ended the year with 46 catches, 611 yards and two touchdowns.

Washington couldn’t opt-out of Penn State’s Rose Bowl matchup with Utah because his season had already ended due to the injury. Mitchell Tinsley has been Penn State’s No. 1 receiver in Washington’s absence and will stay there assuming he doesn’t opt out. KeAndre Lambert-Smith has been Penn State’s No. 2 receiver, and Harrison “Trey” Wallace has slotted into the lineup at No. 3.

Washington released a statement expressing gratitude for his time at Penn State and formally announcing his decision to enter the Draft.

“The memories I have made during my time so far with this Penn State family have been unforgettable,” Washington’s statement read. “The fans, the Penn State White Out, the roar of 107K strong… unbelievable.”

Washington went on the thank his “brothers” on Penn State’s team.

”There is nothing more treasured to me than having the honor of competing and preparing with you guys each and every week,” Washington wrote. “As well as having the opportunity and all the experiences of such a unique brotherhood. That alone is truly a blessing.”

Washington then thanked his coaches and support system.

”Words can never express my humbleness and gratitude for allowing me the opportunity to develop and mature, not only as a football player, but as a man.”

Washington thanked his family and coaches for “helping me weigh the pros and cons, for helping me choose the next path in my journey.”

Washington‘s career at Penn State lasted three seasons. He ends his Penn State career 12th on the school’s all-time receiving list. Had he stayed, he would have been 1,206 away from surpassing Bobby Engram as the school’s all-time leading receiver.

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