Desmond Trufant: Video Highlights for Former Washington CB
Some have pegged Desmond as the best cornerback in the 2013 NFL draft class despite the fact that he only intercepted one pass in 2012.
His quick-twitch athleticism, natural coverage skills and grittiness in press coverage have led to the high praise he has received.
Here are the top plays from Desmond Trufant's college career.
Blocked Field Goal vs. USC in 2012
An impressive demonstration of his burst off the snap, Trufant got his fingers on a field-goal attempt against the USC Trojans in 2012.
Pass Breakup on Slant Against Washington State in 2012
Starting at the bottom of the screen with plenty of cushion, Trufant instantly recognized the slant route being run by the receiver he was assigned to cover.
He planted his foot in the ground and displayed his closing speed on the in-breaking route.
Trufant waited to slide his left hand in front of the pass until the last moment, avoiding an interference call but still forcing an incompletion.
Pass Breakup vs. Washington State in 2012
Trufant showed great awareness and reaction on this deep fade to the corner of the end zone in the Apple Cup against Washington State in 2012.
As the ball was being thrown, he found the receiver he was covering and ran stride-for-stride with him.
Then, he quickly found the football in the air and high-pointed it, which led to an incompletion.
Sure, an interception would have made this play more impressive, but Trufant's fine coverage instincts were evident.
Diving Pass Breakup vs. Oregon in 2012
On the first play of the game against the uptempo and ultra-efficient Oregon Ducks, Trufant showed off his speed and athletic ability with a diving pass breakup.
Lined up with a 6'5'' tight end, Trufant played the out-breaking route perfectly.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota delivered a strike near the sideline, but the Washington cornerback lunged and fully extended his arms to tip the ball away at the last moment.
Tip That Led to Interception vs. Oregon in 2012
Later in the same game, Trufant's instincts were extremely noticeable.
He lined up at the top of screen on Oregon's outside receiver. Mariota decided to make a throw into a tight window after Washington's outside linebacker ran into the flat.
Trufant read the pass from the beginning.
As it arrived on target, he got his hands on the ball which sent it straight into the air and into the hands of safety Shaq Thompson for the interception.
Victory-Sealing Interception vs. Stanford in 2012
Down by four with under two minutes to go, the Stanford Cardinal faced a fourth-down situation from Washington's 35-yard line.
Head coach David Shaw sent 6'8'' tight end Levine Toilolo out wide, and Trufant lined up with him in man coverage.
Not surprisingly, quarterback Josh Nunes threw a jump ball that may have been slightly overthrown.
Trufant climbed the latter and made the interception, sealing the Huskies' upset win.
Tipped Pass vs. Boise State in 2012 Bowl Game
Because Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick floated the football down the field, Trufant was able to adjust and make a play on the football, but the replay shows that he had perfect coverage the entire time.
In all likelihood, Trufant expected the Broncos receiver to challenge him for the jump ball, hence why he went up with only one hand to tip the pass instead of attacking it with two, but it resulted in an incompletion nonetheless.
A fine play from the snap to the time the ball hit the turf.