Trufant-less pass D aims to stay stout

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comAugust 10, 2013 

SEATTLE — There’s a moderate difference in frame, but the most telling contrast between Marcus Peters and Desmond Trufant comes when the helmets come off and mouths start moving.

Trufant, a former Washington Husky who was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons this year, moved his feet much more often than his lips on and off the field. Diligent might be the best word to describe his approach.

Peters, however, likes to whoop. He often played on the opposite side of Trufant last season and is running with the No. 1 defense in UW’s fall camp. Greg Ducre is his cohort at corner so far.

Peters is a talker, whether it’s with his pal wide receiver Kasen Williams or with another receiver silly enough to think he could get open against Peters.

A 5-foot-11, 193-pound redshirt sophomore, Peters showed sparks in practice last year before being moved into the starting lineup. Ducre, who could be the fastest player in the secondary, showed flashes, too. But, neither player had the steadiness or leadership of Trufant’s.

“Tru’s main thing is he practiced so hard every day,” Peters said. “That’s one thing on defense, we’ve just been trying to practice hard — practice hard, the games are easy.

“Tru, his leadership was amazing. I think that’s one thing I need to improve. I’m getting older in the system. Just keep building to be a leader.”

Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian mainly wants the duo to be consistent.

“You can’t be a sometimes guy when you play corner in our system,” Sarkisian said.

Peters made 44 tackles last season and tied linebacker Shaq Thompson for the team lead with three interceptions. Ducre made 15 tackles.

Redshirt freshman Cleveland Wallace is pushing to be part of the cornerback rotation, too.

They hope to keep UW strong against the pass. They were second in the Pacific-12 Conference in receiving yards allowed last season.

“Everybody is going to have compete to earn that spot,” defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said. “Marcus has played for us last year, Greg has played for us some. But those other guys are going to push them.

“We need depth. We can’t just have two starting corners, then fall off the face of the planet.”

COOPER FEELS GOOD

Running back Deontae Cooper had his largest workload of camp on Friday. Cooper is coming off three anterior cruciate ligament tears in three years and is just trying to make it through a camp healthy.

He was involved in more drills this week than he had been in camp, and he was the back for the first or second units at times.

“The closer we get to game day, the more I’m starting to get comfortable with my body,” Cooper said. “I’m completely fine. When I watch film, I do see some of the timid things that I do. But, as far as how I feel, I feel good.”

EXTRA POINTS

Freshman running back Dwayne Washington was popped toward the end of practice by linebacker Princeton Fuimaono and sat out the rest of the day. … Friday was a light day for RB Jesse Callier, DE Hau’oli Jamora and DT Lawrence Lagafuaina, all coming off knee injuries. … OL Shane Brostek, who was in a walking boot earlier in the week, is out of the boot but is not participating much in practice yet.

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