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40 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Spencer Trussell

In which BracketCat counts down the 40th day until the 2020 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 sophomores, isn’t it?

Disclaimer: As the 2020 current football season still is technically set to proceed as planned in Manhattan on Sept. 5, we will continue the Countdown as normal for now.

#40 Spencer Trussell

Redshirt Sophomore | 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, who is majoring in communication studies.

Trussell played on kickoff coverage at TCU in 2018, but still was able to maintain his redshirt.

He then saw time in three games as a reserve defensive end and on special teams in 2019, making one tackle against Nicholls.

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 and finished his career at UTEP, while another brother, Connor, played at North Texas.

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.