New Program, New Opportunity
Tance and Brynden Trull have found a college football home – coincidentally, the same home.
The twins who played their high school football for Interlachen will become part of the inaugural season at St. Thomas University, an NAIA Catholic school in Miami that kicks off Sept. 7 against Thomas More University of Kentucky.
Both are coming off all-county seasons with the Rams, who were 2-8 in 2018. A 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback, Brynden Trull passed for 872 yards and ran for 211 with eight passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns. He also saw time at defensive end. An inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter – but a few minutes older – Tance Trull was a wide receiver-defensive back who had 42 tackles, 12 pass breakups and one interception last year along with catching 12 passes and scoring twice.
Tance identified a short touchdown pass from his brother as a highlight of the season and both cited location as a reason for choosing St. Thomas. But according to Brynden, they didn’t insist on being a package deal.
“My decision was based on staying close to home and playing in front of family and friends. It was more cost-effective, too, to stay in state,” he said. “They’re a new program and a new team, so that’s exciting.”
Brynden logged little time as a junior behind second-team all-state pick Carter Kutchko and spent the spring of 2018 with Palatka High School. He rejoined the Rams, but not before picking up a few things from Palatka coaches.
“I have to thank the staff at Palatka High School, (offensive coordinator) Ulysses Tobler and the staff at Interlachen, (assistant) coach Erik Gibson and (head) coach Matt Yancey,” said Brynden, also thanking his parents. Their father, Bryan Trull, starred at Interlachen High in the 1990s.
Tance began to believe he’d get a chance at college ball during 7-on-7 workouts last summer.
“Being able to play with my brother and a couple of my closest friends is what I enjoyed the most,” Tance said. “I think I’m strong on fundamentals, have good hands and I’m a team player.”
Both considered another Miami school, ASA, along with Georgia’s LaGrange College and Maryland’s McDaniel College before settling on St. Thomas. Tance also had an offer to play from NCAA Division III Wagner University in New York.
Tance plans to study sports administration, Brynden either business or sports administration.
Yancey wishes them well.
“Both are very hard-working kids. Tance is a very smart kid, does many things right and runs good routes,” he said. “Brynden came in without a lot of playing time, backing up Carter. He developed as the year went along. He makes the right reads and has a good pocket presence.”