Oct. 3, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Power have traded wide receiver Mike Washington to the Spokane Shock for quarterback Arvell Nelson and offensive lineman Ben Ossai.
Washington (5-8, 175, Hawaii) is the Power’s all-time leading receiver with 365 receptions, 4,446 yards and 105 total touchdowns. The Aliquippa, Penn. native joined the Power for the 2011 inaugural season and set 11 Power franchise records in his three years with the team. He will join a Shock receiving corps led by 2013 Cutters Wide Receiver of the Year Adron Tennell. The Shock also return receivers Brandon Thompkins, Jeffrey Solomon, and Duane Brooks.
“I believe this will be the most talented group of receivers the Shock have had to open a season,” Spokane head coach Andy Olson said. “Mike Washington has produced huge numbers for the Power over the past three seasons and I’m really looking forward to adding him to the mix with his ability to create big plays and put pressure on opposing defenses.”
Washington played his collegiate football at the University of Hawaii. During his senior season in 2008, he was named Second Team All-WAC after starting all 14 games and leading the team in receptions (62) and receiving touchdowns (6).
“Trading Mike was an extremely tough decision to make, but for the future of this franchise, it was what had to be done,” Power head coach Derek Stingley said. “We are in the process of building a team that will win, not once, but continuously. Mike will be missed. He is a true professional with a great approach to the game, and our organization wishes him well. With the additions of Nelson and Ossai, we are thrilled to get two players that will have an immediate impact on our team,” added Stingley.
Nelson (6-5, 225, Texas Southern) will backup starting quarterback Tommy Grady
, but is expected to contribute on both sides of the ball. In his 2013 rookie season with Spokane, Nelson appeared in 17 games, lining up at quarterback, receiver, and Jack linebacker. He completed 16-of-20 passes for 162 yards and five touchdowns to go along with four rushing touchdowns and six receiving scores. He also made 16 tackles on defense.
Ossai (6-6,315,Washington) is a three-year AFL veteran. The standout offensive lineman also spent time with the Canadian Football League’s British Columbia Lions in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.