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Sylvester signs with Falcons
Release: Wednesday 07/26/2011 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 26) - FAMU's fourth leading rusher of all-time, Philip Sylvester, has been invited to the Atlanta Falcons camp as a free agent after enduring the delay of the lockout. Sylvester, finished his career with 2,998 yards rushing, crrying the Rattlers on his back, with six consecutive 100-yard games to spark a six-game winning streak to end the 2010 season.

Sylvester said, "I feel great to have another opportunity to get on the field and represent FAMU, my city and my county. My agent called me around 9:30 p.m last night and then a representative from the Falcons called this morning. I'm packing and getting things in order to leave ."

In addition to Sylvester signing with the Falcons, defensive end Kendrick Washington is now active with the Chicago Rush Arena Football Team. The Rush are hosting a playoff game this week, after going 13-5 on the season and leading the National Conference Central division.


Sylvester:

2009: The speedy Sylvester started in nine of the
Rattlers' 11 games, missing the first two
games of the year due to injuries. He finished the
season with 455 yards on 112 carries with seven
TDs with his longest rush for 42 yards. Also, he
tallied five catches for 57 yards out of the backfield.
Sylvester rushed for a season high 92 yards
on 18 carries with one TD against Norfolk State
(10-24-09) and rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries
with one TD against North Carolina A&T (11-7-
09).

2008: Sylvester played in all 12 of the Rattlers'
games, finishing the season with 717 yards on 166
carries with eight TDs and 101 receiving yards on
17 catches, reaping Second Team All-Conference
honors. He ranked seventh in the conference in
rushing averaging 59.8 yards rushing yards per
game. Sylvester earned MEAC Offensive Player
of the Week honors on September 22, 2008 for his
performance against Howard University (9-20-08)
as he rushed for 132 yards on 14 carries with a TD,
with his longest rush being 82 yards. Sylvester
also rushed for the century mark against Norfolk
State University as he rushed for 105 yards on 16
carries with one TD.

2007: Sylvester saw action in 10 of the Rattlers' 11
games, finishing the season with 858 yards on 151
carries with seven TDs and had 14 catches for 90
yards and as a kickoff returner. Sylvester also finished the
season with 695 kickoff return yards on 29 returns, earning
the 2007 Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of
the Year Award. He finished the season ranked No. 1 in
the conference in all-purpose yards per game (164.3), and
finished fifth in rushing (858 yards).

High School: Sylvester lettered in both football and track
at Marianna High School in Marianna, Fla. He earned 2A
first team all-state honors, was the 2A state runner up in
the 100 meters. He was a Dothan Eagle Super 12, a second
team all-big bend and a first team all big bend in track and
field.

Personal: Phillip Martin Sylvester was born on November
1, 1988 to Ruby and Danny Sylvester in Marianna, Fla. He
has two siblings, Danny and Siera, and is a member of the
St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church.

Philip Sylvester is an outstanding Rattler Athlete.
"Philip will go down in history as one of the top
running backs to come through this storied program".
He finished his career 2,998 yards, making
him third in rank in the football team's history.
Sylvester also gained 968 rushing yards in the nine
games he played this season. His season high was
against Morgan State University on October 30,
when he racked up 192 rushing yards for the Rattlers.
He is the "full package", with a 3.0 GPA,
civil engineering major, and president of the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes. "He will certainly
be playing on Sundays next year."
-Coach Taylor on Philip Sylvester

Washington:

2009: He finished the 2009 season with
nine tackles (6 solo, 3 asst), 2.5 tackles for loss of
nine yards, one sack for a loss of two yards, one
force fumble and quarterback hurry, in a backup
defensive end role this past season. He tallied a
season high three tackles against Delaware State
(2 solos, 1 asst).

2008: Washington recorded nine tackles (7 solo,
2 asst) in the back up defensive end position. He
tallied a season high three tackles (2 solo, 1 asst)
against Howard (9-20- 8). He also recorded an interception
against North Carolina A&T (11-8-08).

2007: Washington saw action in five games at the
defensive end position, while starting in one of
them. He garnered seven tackles (2 solos, 5 asst),
two tackles for a loss of nine yards and one forced
fumble. Washington recorded two tackles against
Winston-Salem State (10-6- 07) and Norfolk State
(10-18-07).

High School: Washington attended Sebastion
River High School in Sebastion River, Fla., where
he was a four-sport letter winner in baseball, basketball,
football and track. He garnered 77 tackles,
15.5 sacks, nine pass breakups and two interception
his senior season, reaping the Most Outstanding
Senior Award. Washington was tabbed the team's sixth
man in basketball and was the outstanding field events
performer in track and field. He tallied 52.5 takedowns,
5.5 sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles his
junior season, earning the team's best defensive lineman.
Personal: Kendrick ReShawn Washington was born on
December 6, 1986 to Lynn and Charles Washington, Jr.,
in Monticello, Fla. He has two siblings, Ashli Washington
(20) and Stefan (17) and is a member of the Church
Youth Group. He enjoys playing video games, working
out and playing football in his spare time.

Kendrick Washington has been an excellent addition
to the Rattler defense this year. "When we first
saw Kendrick Washington, we expected a lot based
on his physique and work ethic. We really felt like
he had a breakout year as a senior, he proved himself."
Washington is very athletic, a great decision
maker, he has outstanding discipline and has a tremendous
passion for the sport of football. Kendrick
Washington attained a total of 11 tackles in
the 8 games he played, and he also had 1.5 sacks
in his season this year at Florida A&M.
-Coach Taylor on Kendrick Washington


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