What was your reaction when Cleveland released you earlier in the season?
"To be honest, I was relieved. I wanted a fresh start with a different team because I think the Cleveland coaching staff had made up their minds about me. I didn't see much of a future with Cleveland, so I was glad they let me go. There were several teams that wanted me and that was a great feeling. I almost went to Carolina, but I ended up in Washington and I love it here."
What's it like to play for coach (Mike) Shanahan?
"I enjoy it because he's a straightforward kind of coach. There are not any games. He's going to tell you like it is and what he expects from you. He's going to treat you like a man. He runs a lot of zone read stuff and that's similar to what we ran at Clemson, so the transition has been pretty easy for me."
What's Donovan McNabb really like?
"He's actually a really nice guy. I've got to admit I was a little nervous the first time I stepped into the locker room and got around him. I didn't want to go up and talk with him, but he kind of came up to me and started a conversation. He remembered me from Clemson and remembered 'Thunder and Lightning' with me and C.J. (Spiller). He's a huge college football fan, so that made it a lot easier to talk with him."
Speaking of C.J., do you hear much from your "Lightning" partner these days?
"I haven't talked with him in about a week, but we've both been pretty busy. C.J. and Jacoby Ford are still two of my best friends and we were talking about once a week when the season started. I'm so proud of those guys, Jacoby especially. I think he's surprised a lot of people this season. I think everyone knew C.J. was going to be a great player in this league. He just needs to get healthy."
Washington has certainly had its share of controversy on and off the field with Albert Haynesworth and McNabb. Has that been a distraction?
"Maybe for some of the guys, but not really for most of us in the locker room. It's the end of the season and right now most of the guys are just worried about keeping their jobs and finishing out the season strong. Those were decisions that the coaching staff made, but that doesn't mean we can use that as an excuse for not winning."
South Carolina beat Clemson for the second straight year. That's got to be tough for a guy like you who bleeds Clemson orange.
"It was very hard to watch, but you've got to give South Car-olina and coach (Steve) Spurrier credit, they had a great season. I used to go watch Marcus Lattimore play when he was at Byrnes (High School) and I knew he was going to be an impact player for them. I just didn't think he'd have this much of an impact on their program. He's a difference maker."
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11, 220.
TEAM: Washington Redskins.
POSITION: Running back.
EXPERIENCE: 2nd season.
DRAFT: 6th round (195th overall) by Cleveland Browns in 2009.
LAST CONTRACT: Signed a four-year, $1.85 million contract in July 2010.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:Saw action in two games in 2009 for the Cleveland Browns and played in four games in 2010 for the Browns, carrying the ball four times for 9 yards … Made his NFL debut against Minnesota (9/13), rushing for five yards on four carries and added three receptions for four yards. … Placed on injured reserve on Oct. 3. … In preseason, rushed for a team-high 186 yards on 24 carries (7.4-yard average). … was released by the Browns and picked up by the Washington Redskins. He has rushed 15 times for 51 yards and has four receptions for 45 yards for Washington this season.