DESMOND TRUFANT

Cornerback

University of Washington Huskies

#6

5:11.1-190

Tacoma, Washington

Wilson High School

 

OVERVIEW

For a recruiter for any college in the state of Washington, it is advisable to check in on

Constance and Lloyd Trufant before making any trips, as they seem to have become the “royal family” for universities in the Pacific Northwest in recent years. First, there was son, Marcus, who went on to star at Washington State before he was selected in the first round of the 2003 draft by Seattle and has enjoyed a ten-year NFL career.

 

The next member of the family to have recruiters parking at his door was middle son, Isaiah, who was also a cornerback, only honing his skills at Eastern Washington University before having a few “cups of coffee” with the New York Jets and Philadelphia. He also played in the Arena Football League and the United Football League since graduating college in 2006.

 

Now, NFL scouts see the same thing recruiters coveted in younger son, Desmond, who is expected to match Marcus as the next first round cornerback to hail from the Tacoma, Washington family of pass defenders. Desmond is very similar to Marcus – a versatile athlete with experience at both field and boundary cornerback with very fluid footwork to close on the ball in a hurry.

 

Like Marcus, Desmond’s sub 4.4 speed allows him to mirror the receiver throughout the route’s progression. He has exceptional balance and loose hips that allow him to come out of his backpedal with no wasted motion and he appears to be very natural moving in space. He is a solid wrap-up tackler who knows how to attack the ball carrier’s outside leg to impede forward progress.

 

Desmond also carries on the Trufant family trait that his two brothers possess – doing anything and showing little regard for his own body going up and fighting for the ball in a crowd. This has seen 39 of his opponents’ passes either get picked off or knocked down by the talented cornerback during his 47 starting assignments with the Huskies.

 

Both parents come from big families. Lloyd is the second oldest in a family of ten off-spring, dominated by seven brothers. Constance comes, by way of Dallas, from a family of seven sisters. They raised their three boys on working-class wages, Lloyd as a framer at Milgard Windows, and Constance working 25 years as a manager for the Social Security Administration before retiring.

 

They placed an emphasis on establishing tight bonds with their children. The focus of their marriage was taxiing the boys to football, soccer and basketball practices, beginning at the Al Davies Boys and Girls Club. “It was just all about the kids,” Constance said. “We were raising the kids, and all of our energy was spent toward doing what they wanted to do in sports and in school to just make them the best people they could possibly be.”

 

“And so that was just our motto, and to be together as husband and wife, to raise our three kids together. So it’s like the vows were serious, they meant something to us and we stuck with it, and kept those family values to respect your parents, respect one another and respect people out there in the world.”

 

 

Wilson High School’s football coach Don Clegg benefited from having all three of the Trufant brothers play for him. He noted that with rare athletic ability, they also played with great anticipation.  “They just have a sixth sense on where plays are going to develop,” Clegg said. And because of that, Clegg said they had the perfect skills to play cornerback.

 

“All of them do because they all have the three things in common – great feet, great hips and great hand-eye coordination. And they’ve got very good foot speed.” Isaiah ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds at Eastern Washington. Desmond ran the fastest time of any Husky during 2012 spring drills at 4.33 and equally his brother Marcus’ NFL Combine numbers, as both clocked 4.38 seconds at their respective events in Indianapolis.

 

“We’re all fast,” Marcus said. “I’m the older brother, so I’ll probably run somebody over before I let them beat me across the finish line.” All three excelled in track, too. Marcus took second in state in the triple jump his senior year, leaping 47 feet, 71/2 inches. Not to be outdone, both Desmond and Isaiah took second in state in the triple jump as well with marks over 46 feet.

 

Clegg described the three this way: “Marcus was an extremely humble person who actually kind of blossomed into his own. He worked extremely hard to make himself good. He was always a great competitor. He was in a class that had great athletes. He always knew his role to play, and always was a team guy.”

 

Isaiah “was the quickest of foot of the three of them. A lot of people say if you’re small you can’t play football. Don’t tell that to Isaiah. His heart and competitiveness were out-standing. Because he was so small, he really overcame a lot of things. He was extremely competitive, never backed down from anybody, and he was extremely tough.”

 

“Desmond always had to prove he was the best of the three. He was very competitive that way. Desmond was a little more jovial, outspoken and had a little more of a chip on his shoulder because he had something to prove – a little more salty.” Like college recruiters and the Seattle Seahawks scouts that recommended Marcus to organization executives before the 2003 draft, Clegg wouldn’t mind seeing a few more Trufants.

 

“I’ve been very blessed to be able to coach all three of them,” Clegg said. “When you have three athletes like that from one family, they’ve got to be some good genes from mom and dad. But most important, they were willing to go beyond their athleticism to try and be good citizens and good students, which opened up the door for them to be great athletes and great people.”

 

Desmond was named first-team all-state by the Seattle Times following his senior season at Wilson High School, where he also earned a spot on the All-Narrows League first-team as both a running back and cornerback that year. As a junior, he posted 47 tackles and eight interceptions, along with four stops for loss, scoring five times while gaining 440 receiving yards and finding the end zone six more times on 36 carries for 360 yards.

 

Trufant was regarded as a “red chip” prospect by the Seattle Times and named a “North-west Nugget” honorable mention by the Tacoma News-Tribune. He was rated the sixth-best overall player in the state of Washington and the country’s 56th-best cornerback by Rivals.com and tabbed as the nation’s 70th-best cornerback recruit by Scout.com.

 

Trufant was a standout long jumper and triple jumper on the Rams’ track team. He took second place in the Class 4A state track meet in the triple jump (46 feet, 5.75 inches) and placed 11th in the long jump (21 feet, 2.25 inches) as a junior in 2008. He also played basketball at Wilson, earning second-team all-league accolades as a junior.

On the gridiron, Trufant recorded 67 tackles and collected twelve total touchdowns rushing, receiving and on special teams as a senior. He also put up some impressive training numbers, as his coach stated that he bench-pressed 260-pounds, had a 380-pound squat and posted a 37-inch vertical jump at just a shade under 170 pounds. In the classroom, he graduated with a 3.0 grade point average and had a 1200 SAT and 19 ACT scores.

 

Asked what his best football assets are, Trufant said, “I have good coverage ability. I also have great agility and am real good guard receivers man-to-man. “I’m real aggressive and like going one-on-one. I have good technique and am smooth with everything I do, but I want to be better on the run. I want to take better angles and run better routes. I’d like to improve my changing directions and have quicker feet.”

 

On January 17th, 2009, Trufant signed his national letter of intent to attend the University of Washington. His stellar play off the bench during the first three games forced the staff to put him in the lineup at field cornerback for the Huskies’ final nine contests. He rewarded their faith in him by capturing the Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman Award, as the All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention added Pac-10 Freshman Team honors from the Sporting News.

 

As a freshman, he finished sixth on the team with 47 tackles, breaking up six passes while intercepting two others. He was again named All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention as a sophomore, as he delivered 48 tackles with a pass theft and four break-ups while starting all thirteen contests in 2010.

 

Trufant earned All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention as a junior, shifting to the boundary cornerback slot for thirteen starting assignments. He served as game captain and was the recipient of the Don James Perseverance Award as he tied for third on the squad with a career-high 64 tackles.

 

He led the team and tied for 21st in the nation with sixteen passes defended, breaking up fourteen throws while picking off two others. His fourteen deflections were one shy of the school season-record of fifteen, established by Ray Horton in 1981. His total of 29 passes defended through three seasons also surpassed the Husky all-time record of 26 by Omare Lowe (1998-2001).

 

Trufant finally snapped his postseason conference honorable mention string with an All-Pac 12 first-team selection in 2012. He was also named All-American first-team after he delivered 36 tackles and broke up nine passes. Just eight of 54 ball targeted into his area were caught (14.82%), as the Huskies followed their captain to rank 23rd in the nation in pass defense (197.31 ypg), a drastic improvement from 2011, when the Huskies finished 116th of 120 major colleges, yielding 284.62 yards per game.

 

Invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl, Trufant shined above all other cornerbacks attending practices thrusting him self into the early round draft projections. His athleticism and field awareness were regarded as exceptional and he showed true aggression playing in tight coverage, along with excellent route anticipation, demonstrating the balanced and timing to go for the ball at its high point.

 

CAREER NOTES

Trufant played in fifty games at Washington, starting his final 47 contests – 22 at field cornerback and 25 at the boundary position…Recorded 195 tackles (151 solos) with two sacks for minus 15 yards and 8.5 stops for losses of 45 yards…Caused three fumbles and recovered five others, including one that he returned 17 yards for a touchdown…Had 39 passes defended, shattering the previous school career-record of 26 by Omare Lowe (1998-2001)…His 33 pass deflections also established a school all-time mark, adding six interceptions for 57 yards in returns…Also blocked a kick.

 

2012 SEASON

Trufant earned second-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report and Fox Sports, as the team captain won both the Sports Radio 950 KJR Most Outstanding Defensive Player and the Guy Flaherty Award (the team’s oldest and most prestigious honor) at the team’s postseason awards banquet…The senior had a streak of 45-straight starts broken when he sat out the Colorado game due to hamstring injury…Trufant had started the team’s first ten games of the 2012 season and every game since early in his freshman year…Recorded 36 tackles (27 solos) with an 8-yard sack and 4.5 stops for losses of 21 yards…Caused and recovered a fumble…Blocked one kick, as he deflected nine passes and registered on interception…Allowed just 8-of-54 passes targeted into his area (14.82%) to be caught…In the San Diego State contest, he had six tackles, including two-and-a-half for a loss and a sack, vs. the Aztecs…Made three tackles at Louisiana State and was in on two tackles, one for a loss, in the win over Portland State…Produced a terrific game vs. Stanford, when his interception on the Cardinal’s final drive essentially secured the UW win, in addition to deflecting two other throws…Posted five tackles at Oregon and was credited with ten tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss in the win over then seventh-ranked Oregon State…After sitting out Colorado game, Trufant returned to start at Washington State, where he had four tackles, forced a fumble and broke up three passes…Added two tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Boise State in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

Trufant was named All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention and won the team’s Don James Perseverance Award at the postseason banquet…The game captain started all thirteen games at boundary cornerback, tying for third on the team with a career-high 64 tackles (46 solos), as he assisted on a sack, caused two fumbles and recovered two others…Led the team with sixteen passes defended that included two interceptions, as his fourteen deflections were one shy of the school season-record of fifteen by Ray Horton in 1981…Named Pac-12 Player of the Week after the Eastern Washington game, as he totaled 11 tackles, a forced fumble and also intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal the 30-27 victory in the season opener…Collected four tackles and an interception in the win over Hawaii and posted five tackles and a fumble recovery at Nebraska…Delivered six stops and a forced fumble at Utah…Was in on three tackles, including half a sack, in the win over Colorado…Registered five tackles each at Stanford and vs. Arizona…Recorded six tackles each vs. Oregon and Oregon State, followed by five stops at USC…Closed out the season with three tackles vs. Baylor in the Alamo Bowl.

 

2010 SEASON

The All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention started all thirteen games at field corner-back, where he recorded 48 tackles (34 solos) that included an assisted sack and 1.5 stops for losses of 16 yards…Gained five yards on an interception return, as he deflected four passes and recovered one fumble.

 

2009 SEASON

Named All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention, Trufant was selected to The Sporting News’ Freshman All-Pac 10 team and was the recipient of the Travis Spring Most Out-standing Freshman Award at the team’s postseason banquet…After playing a key role as a reserve through the first three games, Trufant took over field cornerback chores for the final nine contests, ranking sixth on the team with 47 tackles (44 solos), adding two stops for losses of three yards…Recovered a fumble that he advanced 17 yards for a touchdown vs. Notre Dame, as he also recorded six tackles (5 solos) with one for a loss and broke up two tosses vs. the Irish…Intercepted two passes, returning his first 32 yards to set up a scoring drive vs. Arizona, followed by a 13-yard runback vs. UCLA.

 

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season…Sat out the Colorado contest with a hamstring pull.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.38 in the 40-yard dash…1.47 10-yard dash…2.47 20-yard dash…3.85 20-yard shuttle…

6.67 three-cone drill…37 ½-inch vertical jump…10’5” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times…30 5/8-inch arm length…8 ¼-inch hands…73 ½-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Trufant attended Wilson (Tacoma, Wash.) High School, playing football for head coach Don Clegg…Named first-team all-state by the Seattle Times following his senior season…

Also earned a spot on the All-Narrows League first-team as both a running back and cornerback that year…Recorded 67 tackles and collected twelve total touchdowns rushing, receiving and on special teams that season…As a junior, he posted 47 tackles and eight interceptions, along with four stops for loss, scoring five times while gaining 440 receiving yards and finding the end zone six more times on 36 carries for 360 yards…Was

regarded as a “red chip” prospect by the Seattle Times and named a “North-west Nugget” honorable mention by the Tacoma News-Tribune…Rated the sixth-best overall player in the state of Washington and the country’s 56th-best cornerback by Rivals.com and tabbed as the nation’s 70th-best cornerback recruit by Scout.com…Standout long jumper and triple jumper on the Rams’ track team…Took second place in the Class 4A state track meet in the triple jump (46 feet, 5.75 inches) and placed 11th in the long jump (21 feet, 2.25 inches) as a junior in 2008…Also played basketball at Wilson, earning second-team all-league accolades as a junior…Put up some impressive training numbers, as his coach stated that he bench-pressed 260-pounds, had a 380-pound squat and posted a 37-inch vertical jump at just a shade under 170 pounds…In the classroom, he graduated with a 3.0 grade point average and had a 1200 SAT and 19 ACT scores.

 

PERSONAL

Business Administration major…Son of Constance and Lloyd Trufant…Older brother, Marcus, was an All-American cornerback at Washington State in 2002 and selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, starting for them until 2011. In 2007 Trufant played a big part in the Seahawks defense, intercepting a career high seven passes and returning one for an 84 yard touchdown. He also deflected fifteen passes and made 85 tackles, and was voted into the 2008 Pro Bowl in Hawaii…Another brother, Isaiah, played cornerback at Eastern Washington, but was not selected in the 2006 draft. He was on the practice squads with the New York Jets (2010-11) and Philadelphia (2011), but his only professional playing time came in the Arena Football League and defunct United Football League…Born 9/10/90 in Tacoma, Washington.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK BK
2009 12 09 047 044 003  01  00  02  2.0-03   06  0.0-00  00
2010 13 13 048 034 014  01  00  01  1.5-16   04  0.5-02  00
2011 13 13 064 046 018  02  02  02  0.5-05   14  0.5-05  00
2012 12 12 036 027 009  01  01  01  4.5-21   09  1.0-08  01
TOTAL 50 47 195 151 044  05  03  04  8.5-45   33  2.0-15  01

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS ADVANCED FUMBLE RECOVERIES
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  02        45 22.50  00    32  01        17 17.00  01    17
2010  01        05 05.00  00    05  00        00 00.00  00    00
2011  02        07 03.50  00    07  00        00 00.00  00    00
2012  01        00 00.00  00    00  00        00 00.00  00    00
TOTAL  06        57 09.50  00    32  01        17 17.00  01    17

 

 

TRUFANT GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

San Diego St. 09/01/12 San Diego St. 21-12

Yes

0

0

0

1

5

1

2

10

0

1

8

0

0

0

0

LSU 09/08/12 at LSU 3-41

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Portland St. 09/15/12 Portland St. 52-13

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 09/27/12 Stanford 17-13

Yes

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Oregon 10/06/12 at Oregon 21-52

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

USC 10/13/12 USC 14-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Arizona 10/20/12 at Arizona 17-52

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 10/27/12 Oregon St. 20-17

Yes

0

0

0

1

9

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 11/02/12 at California 21-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Utah 11/10/12 Utah 34-15

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 11/17/12 at Colorado 38-3

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 11/23/12 at WSU 28-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

0

Boise St. 12/22/12 Boise St. 26-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

0

0

9

27

1

4

21

0

1

8

8

1

0

1

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Eastern Wash. 09/03/11 Eastern Wash. 30-27

Yes

1

0

0

3

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Hawaii 09/10/11 Hawaii 40-32

Yes

1

7

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Nebraska 09/17/11 at Nebraska 38-51

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

California 09/24/11 California 31-23

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

Utah 10/01/11 at Utah 31-14

Yes

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

Colorado 10/15/11 Colorado 52-24

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

1

0

5

1

0

5

1

0

Stanford 10/22/11 at Stanford 21-65

Yes

0

0

0

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona 10/29/11 Arizona 42-31

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon 11/05/11 Oregon 17-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 11/12/11 at USC 17-40

Yes

0

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Oregon St. 11/19/11 at Oregon St. 21-38

Yes

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Washington St. 11/26/11 Washington St. 38-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Baylor 12/29/11 Baylor 56-67

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

2

7

0

18

46

1

0

5

1

0

5

14

2

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

BYU 09/04/10 at BYU 17-23

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Syracuse 09/11/10 Syracuse 41-20

Yes

0

0

0

3

1

1

0

2

1

0

2

2

0

Nebraska 09/18/10 Nebraska 21-56

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 10/02/10 at USC 32-31

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 10/09/10 Arizona St. 14-24

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 10/16/10 Oregon St. 35-34

Yes

1

5

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona 10/23/10 at Arizona 14-44

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 10/30/10 Stanford 0-41

Yes

0

0

0

2

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Oregon 11/06/10 at Oregon 16-53

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

14

0

0

0

0

0

UCLA 11/18/10 UCLA 24-7

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

California 11/27/10 at California 16-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 12/04/10 at Washington St. 35-28

Yes

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nebraska 12/30/10 Nebraska 19-7

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

5

0

14

34

1

1

16

1

0

2

4

0

 

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

LSU 09/05/09 LSU 23-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Idaho 09/12/09 Idaho 42-23

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 09/19/09 USC 16-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 09/26/09 at Stanford 14-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Notre Dame 10/03/09 at Notre Dame 30-37

Yes

0

0

0

1

17

1

1

5

0

1

2

0

0

0

2

0

1

Arizona 10/10/09 Arizona 36-33

Yes

1

32

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 10/17/09 at ASU 17-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Oregon 10/24/09 Oregon 19-43

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCLA 11/07/09 at UCLA 23-24

Yes

1

13

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 11/14/09 at OSU 21-48

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 11/28/09 WSU 30-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 12/05/09 California 42-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Season Totals

2

45

0

1

17

1

3

44

0

2

3

0

0

0

6

0

1

 

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