Former No. 37 takes his talents to South Beach
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Montana: Trumaine is one of the most talented cornerbacks to ever play at Montana. He has played and started in 33 career games. He begins his senior year tied (with Blaine McElmurry, who had 13 picks from 1993-96) for fourth in career interceptions with 13. His 23 pass break-ups rank him second in school history.
2010: He was tabbed a first team All-American by every entity, including American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, The Sports Network, Phil Steele, and Walter Camp.
He was named first team All-Big Sky Conference for the second season in a row. He was co-recipient of the Terry Dillon Award (Outstanding Back or Receiver), sharing it with fellow cornerback Brandon Dodson.
He was ninth on the team in tackles with 44 stops. He was second at UM with four interceptions, and returned two of those picks (18 yards vs. Western State and 53 yards at Eastern Washington) for touchdowns. He tied for 40th in the FCS with .36 picks a game. He also had eight kickoff returns for a 22.2-yard average, and rushed twice for nine yards.
2009: He had team-highs of five interceptions and 12 pass deflections in 11 games (he missed four contests due to injury). He would be ranked first (tie) in the league in pass deflections (1.09 pg) and second in interceptions (0.45 pg).
"Tru" was fourth on the team with 31 solo tackles, and was the team's fourth leading returning tackler with 54 stops. He was a first team All-Big Sky pick. He was named the Sports Network's co-National Player of the Week on defense on Sept. 12th because of his outstanding play (six tackles and two interceptions) in a 17-10 victory at UC Davis. He was also named the Big Sky's "Player of the Week" on defense that week.
2008: He was a rare starter at corner as a true freshman. He was a Big Sky honorable mention selection. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions and tied for sixth in the Big Sky with .36 picks a game. He started in the first 11 games, but suffered an injury against Idaho State and missed UM's last five games.
High School: As a senior quarterback he passed for 1,800 yards (with just 5 interceptions), rushing for 500 yards, and scored 22 total touchdowns, and was named first team all-league on offense and defense. He was voted to his high school's football "Hall of Fame" at defensive back.
As a junior he was first team all-league at wide receiver with 750 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also chosen his team's MVP as a junior in football. His high school football coach was Elliot Burke. He also earned three letters in basketball. As a senior in hoops he was team captain, team MVP, and an all-conference pick.
Career highs: He had a career-high eight tackles and tied his career best with two interceptions in a 31-10 home win over 19th-ranked Weber State in 2009. He also had two interceptions against Southern Utah in 2008. His long kickoff return is 44 yards against Idaho State in 2010.
Personal: His parents are Lynn Stallworth and Curtis Johnson of Stockton. His major is sociology. Birth date: January 1, 1990.
Quoting Coach Pflugrad: "He's really got it all. He's got the size to play safety. We played him a little bit on offense last year as a receiver and we probably should have played him there more. He's done a outstanding job for us the past three years. He's a lock down corner; he's physical; and he tackles very well. A lot of teams go away from him, so he doesn't get the opportunities to be a ball-hawk and get as many picks like a lot of other corners in our league do, as well as the other corners on our team. If we can get him some help on the other side of the field it should help Trumaine get even better stats than he did last year, although his stats last season were impressive."
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