Countdown to Kickoff 7 - James Truxillo


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Position: Defensive Back
Classification: Senior
Prep credentials: All-Metro player as a senior, Two time all-district
2008 stats: Five tackles in an injury shortened season
2008 Honors: ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team
Career stats: 108 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, and two
Best game in 2008: In the season opener at Auburn, Truxillo played his
only full game of the season, as he was injured early on in the week two
Arkansas contest. Against the Tigers, he collected four tackles, one qb
hurry, and one pass break up.
Scouting Report: The time away from the game through the 2008 season,
allowed him to fully recover and is now in the best shape of his playing career
at ULM. His speed has increased along with his physical stature,
positioning him to be an impact player in the new 3-3-5 defensive scheme at the
Hawk position.
The big hope… With a career high of 68 tackles in 2007, Truxillo
should be able to break that mark as the new scheme will allow him to roam the
field to make plays. The 2007 season also saw him land two interceptions,
which should also be broken with this new playing freedom.
The big worry… Despite having physically recovered from his season
ending knee injury, questions surround his mental recovery from it.
Although his practice play shows no signs of any lingering affects, only a true
game environment will determine his status.
Did you know? Despite not being able to play last season, he was
elected a permanent team captain by his teammates and traveled for all games.
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