Two Huskies Make PFF’s List Of Top 50 College Football Players In 2021

As we draw nearer and nearer to the beginning of the 2021 football season, more and more Huskies are finding their way onto preseason lists by different websites and publications. Earlier this week, two more Huskies were named to Pro Football Focus’s Top 50 College Football Players.

Junior corner Trent McDuffie settled in at 19th on the list. After two very good seasons, most expect the St. John Bosco product to take the next step and to possibly push for All-American recognition.

After bursting onto the scene as a true freshman in 2019, McDuffie again looked the part in 2020. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback has earned an impressive 88.3 coverage grade in his college career. He is one of just three outside corners in the Power Five who has generated a coverage grade above 75.0 in both man and zone coverage since 2019.

And McDuffie might also be the best tackling cornerback in college football. He has missed just two of his 64 career attempts while earning a run-defense grade that ranks second among Power Five corners over the past two years.

As a prep, McDuffie was one of the top cover-corners in the country and he had offers from all over, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and USC, among others, but in the end, it came down to Washington and Stanford with the Huskies, obviously, being the choice.

“The biggest things were the education and my relationships with the coaches,” McDuffie told shortly after he committed. “I love coach (Jimmy) Lake and he’s been recruiting me since I was a sophomore, so we’ve had a long time to get to know each other and establish that strong relationship. I also really like what coach (Chris) Petersen stands for and the ‘Built For Life’ program he has set up for his players to succeed in life as well as on the football field. They are all about football there, but they expect you to be the best you can be as a football player and as a person off the field.”

As a freshman in 2019, McDuffie played in all 13 games, starting 11, and finished the season with 45 tackles, three pass breakups, one interception, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He earned Second Team Freshman All-America honors from PFF and also received honorable mention Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and Pro Football Focus All-Pac 12 Second Team.

This past season, McDuffie started all four games and racked up 14 tackles and had the game-ending interception against Utah to seal a 24-21 come-from-behind win over the Utes and he was a Second Team All-Pac 12 selection by several publications. He also added punt return duties in his second season with the Dawgs as well.

Fourth-year junior linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio also made the list, coming in at 30th…

Ulofoshio, a 2018 walk-on, looked like a prime breakout candidate for 2020. And he dominated in each of his four outings, finishing the year with an 87.8 PFF grade. Across 452 career snaps, he has an 84.8 run-defense grade, a 92.6 pass-rush grade and an 82.3 coverage grade. If he keeps this up, no one is catching him for the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in college football.

“He embodies what a Dawg is,” head coach Jimmy Lake told the media back in April. “He is a big-time person and a big-time football player. He has fought for every rep we’ve given him on special teams and on defense. He fought and clawed to get on scholarship. He fought and clawed to be an all-conference player and you can see the look in his eyes — the determination. He wants to be a better Eddy this year than he was last year and the year before.

“That’s what we are all about around here, a constant state of growth and development. He leads by example. He’s also leading with his voice now, because he has a ton of respect around the locker room. You can see that he is not resting. He’s competitive as all get-out, and I’m glad he’s a Dawg.”

As a sophomore last season, Ulofoshio earned All-Pac-12 Second Team and some All-America Honorable Mention recognition after leading the Huskies with 47 tackles in four games. He also posted one sack, four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

Coming out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Ulofoshio went under recruited and had just two offers — Northern Arizona and Robert Morris — but he eventually chose to walk-on to Washington due to his strong relationship with Bob Gregory and Jimmy Lake as well as his admiration for Chris Petersen who was the head coach at the time he signed. A

Ulofoshio played three games in 2018 and forced a fumble on his first play, but was able to preserve his redshirt. He was a part-time starter in 2019 and finished with 47 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and one forced fumble.

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