I had a chance to speak with UW cornerback Desmond Trufant, pictured right breaking up a pass against Notre Dame, a couple of days before the spring game, about his health and a few other matters.
The sophomore from Wilson HIgh in Tacoma sat out the spring to recover from what was described as a groin injury.,
Trufant clarified that he had been dealing with a sports hernia and had surgery in the off-season to put it in the past for good.
“I’ve had it for two years, since high school,” he said. “And I’ve just been playing with it, so I finally had to deal with it because it was getting real bad. I had surgery in the off-season and this is like my 11th week (since the surgery, so more like 12th now, as you read this) so I’m pretty good now.”
Anyone who attended practice the last few days saw Trufant take an increasing role in the workouts, usually working with the starting unit during the non-contact portion of practice. Once the real hitting start, Trufant stepped aside, and he did not play in the Spring Game.
But he said the injury will not be a factor once fall camp starts in August.
“It’s feeling good,” he said. “I’ve been rehabbing every day and doing a lot of situps and just doing what I can go get out here on the practice field as much as possible. … It’s not issue at all. I’m just going to get in the weight room and then I’ll be ready for camp.”
The weight room will be key for Trufant, however, as he said he lost about 10 pounds in the weeks following the surgery when he was unable to lift weights, dropping to about “165-168 pounds” — he’s listed at 6-foot, 172.
Trufant said he weighed about 175-178 when he played last season and was about 180 prior to the surgery.
“I want to get stronger because I lost a lot of weight and strength from my surgery,” he said. “I didn’t lift for about three months, so I really need to get in the weight room and grind it out in there. But I should be all right for the season. … I’ll probably be about 180-185 for the season, hopefully.”
And while he had to sit out much of the spring, Trufant said he got a lot of valuable work in, in terms of learning the playbook — remember that he showed up late to training camp last year due to a Clearinghouse issue, so he’s still a pretty young player.
“I’ve been getting a lot of visual reps and mental reps, studying my playbook a lot and watching the other coners do their jobs and just learning that way,” he said. “So I got ahead in the playbook, even though I wasn’t out on the field. It helped me in the end. I’m still a young guy and I’ve got a lot to learn. We are putting in new defeness every day, so I’ve just got to keep studying and I’ll be all right.”
One thing the Huskies hope to do more of is play press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Trufant could be a key part of that as his ability to play that kind of coverage is one reason he ascended quickly to the starting unit last season. If the corners show they can play that kind of coverage consistently well this season, UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt will then call more of it.
“Last year was like our building year,” Trufant said. “We learned our techniques. So now we are just perfecting it, so now everybody is closer (to the line of scrimmage) in coverage and getting more picks and more pass breakups. Everybody is more advanced from a year ago.”
May 5, 2010 at 5:24 PM
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