University of Washington

Trufants seek elusive victory

SEATTLE - Everyone wants to drive the purple-colored Camaro this week.

However an Apple Cup victory can be transported back to the Trufant household in Tacoma.

Marcus had his chances at Washington State University from 1999-2002, but the Cougars lost all four games to Washington during his time, including the memorable 29-26 triple-overtime loss in Pullman when the Cougars were ranked No. 3 in the country.

The cornerback is now in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.

Now it’s Desmond’s turn at the UW. He’ll start at cornerback when the Huskies host WSU at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I’m going to try and get a win for my family now,” Desmond said.

Which sort of outweighs program loyalty, both siblings from Wilson High School agreed.

“I’m kind of a fan of the state of Washington,” Marcus said after Seahawks practice on Wednesday. “I got a younger brother over there (at the UW) playing and I’m a Coug at heart.”

Back to the Camaro. The car belongs to the brothers’ father, Lloyd, who lets them drive it when they want.

“It’s a nice car. I kind of had to hold my breath when I got in there,” Marcus said. “My dad’s got more cars than anyone in the family. I would say Des is probably driving it this week.”

When Marcus played, the family motto was simple: Root for WSU.

“One hundred percent, basically,” Desmond said. “We had (WSU) jerseys, sweat shirts and sweats. Nothing but the Palouse at the Tacoma house.”

Now that Desmond is at the UW, it has switched in the Huskies’ favor.

“They’re rooting for me,” Desmond said. “Everybody’s rooting for me.”

Is Desmond expecting his big brother to pull for the Huskies?

“He better be,” the true freshman said. “He’s got his blood out there.”

Marcus has sound advice for Desmond on how to treat his first Apple Cup.

“Just stay focused, and try not to get too nuts before the game,” Marcus said. “Sometimes you can get too fired up and you can play out of character, and you don’t play as your normal self. It’s still football, even though it’s the Apple Cup.”

Polk’s pursuit of 1,000

One of the elements of the offense that Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian has found really consistent over the past month was the running game.

Redshirt freshman Chris Polk has 889 rushing yards this season, including three consecutive 100-yard games. His total is the second-most by a Washington freshman behind Jake Locker’s 986, set in 2007.

If he reaches 1,000 yards, “it’s great for him and for our program. It sets a stage of who we are and who we want to continue to become – that we are a physical football team and pride ourselves on running the ball,” Sarkisian said.

Extra points

UW linebacker E.J. Savannah (broken left wrist) is out for Saturday, and Sarkisian did not sound too hopeful the senior would return for next week’s game against California. … Receiver Jordan Polk (head) has been having recurring migraine headaches, hasn’t practiced all week and his availability “doesn’t look good,” Sarkisian said. … It appears receiver-turned-cornerback Anthony Boyles could see time Saturday, especially against WSU’s three-receiver sets. Boyles has seen a lot of practice time with the No. 1 defense this week. … Defensive tackle Cameron Elisara (neck stinger) ran through his third consecutive day of practice and is ready to go on Saturday. … Reserve safety Alvin Logan (broken leg) and receiver Tony Chidiac (hamstring) suffered injuries this week in practice and won’t play. … After practice today beginning at 11:45 a.m., the team will be excused to spend the holiday with family – or with a player or coach’s family. … At WSU, Kevin Lopina has been appointed the starting quarterback for the Cougars in the Apple Cup. Now it appears Jeff Tuel is out of the running for backup duties. He didn’t practice again Wednesday, leaving Marshall Lobbestael at No. 2. … Junior Chima Nwachukwu (ankle) has practiced every day this week, but WSU coach Paul Wulff said if he starts, it will be at cornerback in place of Brandon Jones (back), and not at strong safety. … With B.J. Guerra (concussion) out, Joe Eppele and Reed Lesuma continue to share first-string snaps at right guard. Eppele is expected to start.

Staff writers Ryan Divish and Don Ruiz and correspondent Howie Stalwick contributed to this report.