Washington: Good run stopper who became a dominant pass rusher in 2000 ... one of 52 players on the preseason watch list for the 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top lineman ... a strong candidate for All-America honors in 2001. 2000: Dominating defensive lineman posted best numbers of career ... named second-team All-American by The Sporting News ... espnmag.com first-team All-American ... named first-team All-Pac-10 at defensive tackle ... one of three team captains (also Marques Tuiasosopo, Chad Ward) ... an Associated Press third-team All-American ... a third-team All-America selection, and first-team all-conference, by CollegeFootballNews.com ... third-team All-America selection by Football News ... also named All-Pac-10 on the defensive line by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... a Nagurski Award nominee ... started all 11 games, one at nose tackle and the rest at defensive end ... has now started every game on defense over the past two seasons ... affected the game in every aspect of defense ... was a major disruption to opposing passing games, tallying six and a half sacks, the sixth-highest total in the Pac-10 ... also made an impact against run, breaking into the backfield for 11 tackles for loss, for 68 total yards this season ... blocked three kicks on the season (two field goals, one extra point) ... swatted down a Drew Brees pass in the fourth quarter of Huskies’ 34-24 Rose Bowl win over Purdue ... tormented Colorado quarterback Bobby Pesavento, sacking him three times for 19 total lost yards, breaking up one pass, forcing one QB hurry, and recovering the game-deciding fumble in the final minute, in addition to leading the team with eight tackles, six unassisted ... earned National Defensive Player of the Week, Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, and the coaches’ defensive player of the week honor for effort in Huskies’ 17-14 win over the Buffaloes ... twice sacked Hurricanes quarterback Ken Dorsey in Huskies’ 34-29 victory over No. 4 Miami ... also against Miami, blocked a second-quarter field-goal attempt and recovered a key fumble in the fourth quarter to preserve the Huskies’ win ... named the Columbia Bank/KOMO Radio player of the game for the Miami game ... last two blocked kicks both came against Arizona, for which Tripplett earned coaches’ special teams MVP honors ... blocked a Wildcats extra point, then later blocked the potential game-tying field goal as time expired ... made potentially game-saving plays in four of Huskies’ ten wins ... in addition to fumble recovery that ended Colorado’s final drive in the last minute, and the last-second field-goal block against Arizona, forced a fumble by Cal’s Joe Igber that led to go-ahead score in fourth quarter of Huskies’ 36-24 come-from-behind win, and dropped Oregon State’s Ken Simonton for a 3-yard loss on the Beavers’ final play from scrimmage, pushing back a potentially game-tying field-goal attempt that went just wide ... against UCLA, recorded 1.5 sacks and three tackles, all for loss ... won second consecutive John P. Angel College Club Outstanding Defensive Lineman award at the annual postseason banquet. 1999: A second-team All-Pac-10 selection … had an outstanding season in Washington’s new-look 3-4 defense … started all 11 regular-season games plus the Holiday Bowl … eight starts came at nose tackle … moved out to defensive end for three games when Mac Tuiaea was slowed due to injury … finished the year with 35 tackles … that total was tops amongst UW’s defensive linemen … had six tackles for loss and one sack … broke up four opponent pass attempts … named the team’s winner of the John P. Angel Outstanding Defensive Lineman award. 1998: Appeared in four regular-season games and the O'ahu Bowl ... was the backup to Mac Tuiaea during the season ... finished the season with four tackles ... had a tackle for loss against Washington State. 1997: Redshirted the season ... named the defensive backup player of the week for his practice efforts prior to the Arizona State game ... had two tackles and a tackle for loss in 1998 Spring Game.
High School and Personal: Born Jan. 18, 1979 ... first-team all-area pick on defense by The Daily Breeze ... garnered all-city and All-Central City honors as a senior ... named Most Valuable Player of the Coastal Conference ... recorded 13 sacks as a senior ... blocked two punts and one field goal in 1996 ... was a first-team All-Westside and All-City selection as a junior ... also played fullback at Westchester ... selected to play in the California-Texas Shrine game ... from same high school as current Husky linebacker Chris Waddell ... majoring in geography.
Year G-S UA A Tot Loss FC FR PD Int Sacks 1998 4-0 2 2 4 1-1 0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1999 11-11 21 14 35 6-9 1 1-0 4 0-0 1-10 2000 11-11 24 14 38 11-68 1 1-0 3 0-0 6.5-58 Tot 26-22 47 30 77 18-78 2 2-0 7 0-0 7.5-68