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40 MINUS 2 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Spencer Trussell

In which BracketCat counts down the 40th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Spencer Trussell.

#40 Spencer Trussell
Junior defensive end Spencer Trussell (40) had a bit of a breakthrough season in 2020, notching his first career sack against the Iowa State Cyclones.
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#40 Spencer Trussell

Redshirt Junior | 6-3 | 238 lbs. | Arlington, Texas
Spencer Trussell
Spencer Trussell
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • 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.

In 2020, Trussell saw time in seven games as a reserve defensive end, including each of the first six contests. He totaled four tackles on the year, including a career-high two at Iowa State, and also notched his first career sack against the Cyclones.

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 football 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.