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#29 Mason King

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-3/175

Position: Punter

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Product of St. X High School)

Twitter: @KingMason502

Thoughts: Mason is a walk-on from St. X who will likely try and compete for the starting punter job next season after the departure of Josh Appleby. While Wallace has been a consistent contributor at kicker, we are breaking in a new punter (likely Appleby), a new long snapper (likely Colin Holba) and fairly certain we'll have a couple new return guys as well. We could see some bumps in the road for our specialists but bear with them, because I feel like we should be used to "bumpy" special teams from the last, let's say 6 years??

I doubt King will test Appleby in 2015 but good luck to Mason next year as he battles for the job.

Sweet Tweet:

I can’t remember if we’ve discussed this or not, but I’ll throw it out there. Chick-fil-A is hands down the best chicken fast food joint in all the land. This may be sacrilege to some folks in KY, but honestly, it’s not even close. You want to debate about the merits of Popeye’s or throw a Bojangles argument at me…I’ll lend you an ear, but don’t even mention the Colonels recipe. Seriously, not even in the same category.

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#29 Trumaine Washington

Class: Sophomore

Ht/Wt: 5-10/183

Position: Cornerback

Hometown: Miami, FL

Twitter: @NoFlyZoneTru

Thoughts: I was high on Washington last season and thought he projected into a solid corner here at UofL, but seeing him get into eight games last season and grab 14 tackles, (with an injury) was even more than I expected from the true freshman. Washington has always been slightly undersized at 5-10 but Coach Buckley praised him last season for his “fight” mentality, never taking no for an answer and saying he was a borderline starter towards the end of the year. As I hinted yesterday I think Shaq Wiggins has a corner job locked up on one side, but the other side is still open season heading into camp. My opinion? It’s Tru’s job to lose. He’ll get pushed by Sturghill and Alexander but I think he pulls it out. There were some times he wasn’t in proper position or got beat on a couple balls last year, but he played well in the Spring, covering the field well, bodying up his defender, showing off some speed and I believe he ended camp with 8 interceptions. Not too bad.

There are 39 practices left before we take the field against Auburn so things can change, but for now, Tru is my man. #TeamDreads  

(Hearing that Tru may actually wear #15 this year, but we’ll stick with official roster for now)

Sweet Tweet:

In case you didn’t know, yours truly was quite the track star growing up. I had that “white boy speed” through middle school and early into my high school career, but as with most other athletic achievements in my life I seemed to peak at about 16. Did I ever tell you all about the time when I was 10yrs old, pitching in a Little League game, coming off 3 hours of sleep, and ended up with 12 strikeouts while also hitting for the cycle? Well, I did now.

Pics or it didn’t happen, you say?

Found it in the basement last weekend. You can tell your friends you know me…