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40 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Spencer Trussell

In which BracketCat counts down the 40th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Spencer Trussell.

#40 Jarrod Cooper
Jarrod Cooper (40) was one of K-State’s most legendary hitters on the defensive side of the ball. Spencer Trussell has a ways to go to even aspire to that same level of physicality, but then, that’s true for most redshirt freshmen, isn’t it?

#40 Spencer Trussell

Redshirt Freshman | 6-3 | 222 lbs. | Arlington, Texas
Spencer Trussell
Spencer Trussell
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Special Teams
  • Status: On Scholarship

Spencer Landon Trussell (b. Oct. 18, 1998) is a promising weakside defensive end from Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. He played on kickoff coverage at TCU last season, but still was able to maintain his redshirt in 2018.

Trussell lettered three years for the Warriors under head coach Bob Wager. He was viewed as the 79th-best defensive end in the nation for the Class of 2018 by ESPN and was named a finalist for the Dallas-Fort Worth Defensive Player of the Year award.

Trussell totaled 59 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, two blocked field goals and a blocked punt as a senior in 2017, when he helped Martin High to advance to the regional round of the Texas Class 6A D1 state playoffs.

He earned first-team All-District 4-6A honors in 2017, while he was a second-team pick as a junior, and he also participated in track and field, competing in shot put and discus.

Trussell’s father, Randy, played football at East Central Oklahoma and his older brother, Jess, played the first three years of his career as a tight end at Purdue, while another brother, Connor, played at North Texas. So there are some athletic bloodlines there, for sure.

Spencer Trussell chose K-State over offers from Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Illinois State, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane, Tulsa and UTSA.