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A lot of Desmond Trufant, a little recruiting and some UW alumni for your reading pleasure.
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- Going into USC week, much will be made about the matchup of Desmond Trufant against the USC wide receivers. Of course, this is an absurd premise to build an analysis upon. For one, Trufant is just one person and he won't be going against all USC receivers at the same time. For two, part of Trufant's surge this season has been sparked by how Wilcox has been moving his pieces around, including lining Tru up in the slot where he can disguise his intents. It is entirely likely that Tru will find ways to impact the game on Saturday in ways that don't just involve his matchups with Marqise Lee and Robert Woods. Regardless, his performance has caught eyeballs. David Shaw mentioned Tru in the Pac 12 conference call yesterday
Shaw says matchup of USC WRs & Huskies CB Marcus Trufant is an interesting matchup. Calls Trufant "one of best in the nation."— ESPN_Pac12blog (@ESPN_Pac12blog) October 9, 2012
- Gregg Bell writes a detailed feature on Trufant's rise up the ranks in the national dialogue of best defensive backs. He notes that Rob Rang has Tru as a second round-type pick who is effectively tied with Jordan Poyer as the best DB in the Pac 12.
- Condotta is also thinking about Tru and the UW secondary. The focus of his beat report today is our guys against that USC passing attack.
- Scott Johnson is still thinking about Keith Price and reports on how Keith needs to return to having fun.
- CBS Sports has this preview of the USC game.
- So, did you know that USC has been on the road four of their last five games? That fact is an interesting subplot as the Trojans bring it to the CLink.
- This USC notebook covers some relevant topics including a note that Zach Banner is going to make the travel squad. I don't wish Zach any ill will but I find it laughable that he thinks people will be "booing him" when he comes out of the tunnel. Message for Zach - nobody will be hating on you because they won't even know who you are.
- The Left Hand Stance series continues on Sark's blog. This one is pretty good if you have ever wondered what a day in the life of a UW lineman is like.
- On the recruiting front, it looks like that one-time UW commit and stud DE prospect, Joe Mathis, is ready for his official visit ($). This is a big chance for Sark and Wilcox to close the deal on a great recruit.
- Another UW commit and a great prospect in his own right, Daeshon Hall, also gets some pub time on ESPN ($).
- Also of note, UW has offered a local man-child as a RB for the 2014 class ($).
- Turning attention to UW alums, it looks like Jake Locker is going to be out for a few more weeks as he recovers from a separated shoulder.
- Dashon Goldson, in the midst of another stellar season, has a big fan in Ronnie Lott.
- Here is a guy that we don't get to Dot about very often: Will Conroy is featured in this article as he teams with Brandon Roy in his quest to make an NBA roster. We are all rooting for Will.
- Tony Wroten made his pro debut and was up and down, as one would expect. Terrence Ross also was solid in his debut against Real Madrid.