While University of Louisville cornerback Trumaine Washington joined a talented Cardinals secondary as a true freshman last fall, it didn't keep the product of Miami (Fla.) Killian from gaining notable playing time as a rookie.
He logged his first significant playing time in week three at Virginia, where he registered four tackles and recorded his first career sack. Despite being hampered with a mid-season injury, Washington appeared in eight games, registering 14 total tackles. With a secondary that lost all four starters from last year's 9-4 squad, Washington's experience will be counted on in 2015.
"It helped me out a lot, because I'm not new to the defense." "I know the defensive playbook now, so it's kind of easier and things slow down on the field. I can move faster because I know the plays and I can know what the offense is going to do."
With the departure of both starting corners, the competition among those returning and newcomers on the depth chart was notable during spring practice and despite those loses, Washington is confident that the unit will be a strength again.
"We have some big shoes to fill from last year, so we're all working together as a team," Washington explained. "We're going to be pretty good this year.
"I'm the only corner coming back that actually played, so everybody came in competing. We have a freshman that is pretty good, plus Cornelius Sturghill, who moved from receiver to corner, is doing pretty good. It's going to keep being a competition."
Known as an aggressive defender, Washington has the confidence that is needed to become a successful cornerback in the Cardinals secondary.
"I can bring interceptions and I can tackle, so those are things all bring to the cornerback position," he said.