One of the biggest graduation losses for the Washington Huskies following the 2012 season was cornerback Desmond Trufant. The senior had a very nice final season in Seattle and has done wonders for his draft stock this offseason at workouts and the NFL combine. Despite losing a potential first-round draft pick in the secondary, head coach Steve Sarkisian is confident the Huskies will be just fine against the pass next season.
There’s no question that Trufant will be missed in Seattle next season, but the Dawgs seem well-positioned to absorb his departure in stride. Marcus Peters will be counted on in his first full season as a starter after he emerged as a starter opposite Trufant midway through his freshman season in 2012. Sarkisian believes that Peters will continue to improve and could become an All-Conference selection in 2013 and will likely get an opportunity to be the No. 1 corner for UW in the fall.
Opposite him could be senior Greg Ducre, who has started seven games during his career with Washington and served as the primary nickel corner last season. He became even more relied on as the season went along and could emerge as a solid starting corner for the Huskies. He spent the offseason getting solid work in as a sprinter with the UW indoor track team, and Sarkisian is excited about getting that speed and athleticism into the defense in 2013.
A dark horse for playing time could be junior Travell Dixon. The former junior college transfer initially signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide, but never played a game for the Tide and transferred to UW last September. Nobody is completely sure just what Dixon brings to the secondary, but Sarkisian will be anxious to find out just how well he can play corner and to create ways for him to help the Dawgs’ defense in 2013.
It will be nearly impossible to completely replace the cover skills lost with the graduation of Desmond Trufant. But as the former UW standout makes his money in the NFL, there are plenty of Huskies’ ready to step up in his place and take their shot.