Trufant says tussles with Lee all healthy competition

uw notebook: Desmond Trufant loved playing as USC’s Marqise Lee’s shadow

Staff writersOctober 14, 2012 

SEATTLE – Even coaches not part of Saturday night’s game wondered how the showdown between Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant and USC receiving weapon Marqise Lee would go.

Stanford coach David Shaw said earlier in the week it was one of the prime matchups in the country. It turned into a rout by Trufant.

Lee caught two passes for 32 yards, both in the first half, with Trufant shadowing him most of the night.

Trufant and Lee tussled and jawed throughout the game. Lee tried double moves, quick hitches and other routes to get loose. Trufant countered with press-bail coverage, jamming him at the line and giving a cushion.

“We were just competing,” Trufant said. “We were out there having fun. Nothing disrespectful, just two guys out there competing. I loved it.”

The Trojans did not. They’re second in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency. They were snuffed out Saturday night by Trufant.

“Desmond’s a hell of a player,” defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said.


Marcus Peters tried to play it cool. Sure, he’d been getting reps with the first-team defense, but when the coaches told him he’d be starting on Saturday against USC, he admitted “it was kind of a shock.”

But Peters didn’t look shellshocked. He picked off Matt Barkley on USC’s third possession of the game.

“I just read back to the receiver and went and grabbed it,” Peters said.

The redshirt freshman was battling for a starting spot opposite Trufant since spring practice. Injuries slowed him in fall camp, and he lost the battle to Tre Watson. But Peters found himself starting against the best receiving tandem in the conference and possibly the country in USC’s Robert Woods and Lee.

“I was pretty excited, but I tried to keep everything to minimum and stay level headed,” Peters said.

That minimum didn’t make the night before the game easier.

“Man, I didn’t sleep too much,” he said.

Peters tied for the game-high with nine tackles and also had a tackle for a loss.

“If anything, Marcus has played a little better every week and he’s practiced better,” Wilcox said. “That’s what needed to happen because Marcus has some good tools, he’s still a young player, but he’s practiced better and earned those reps.”


After three consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Washington running back Bishop Sankey was slowed for just 54 yards on 14 carries against USC.

Washington tried inside runs after it felt USC sealed the edge well, then, when that appeared to loosen, tried to get back to the edge in the second half.

No matter the direction, there was little production.

“It’s tough sledding,” Sankey said. “Especially in the first half.”


Offensive tackle Ben Riva, who is recovering from a broken forearm, dressed out and even warmed up before the game but did not start. ... Junior college transfer Josh Banks made his first start at defensive tackle. He had four tackles and a tackle for loss. ... Offensive lineman Erik Kohler came to the field on crutches. He has not played since injuring his knee in Week 2 against LSU. ... USC has now gone a school-record 187 consecutive games without being shut out. The last time it was shut out was in 1997 by Washington. ... UW quarterback Keith Price threw his 41st and 42nd touchdowns and is now fourth on the Huskies’ career list. ... Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 70 career catches, which moves him to fourth on the school’s all-time list for tight ends.

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