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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

July 29, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Secondary school: Walter Thurmond

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Walter Thurmond arrived at training camp with a little old-school flair: He's rocking a vintage '90s high-top. Like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air though he's got a little bit to go before he could be mistaken for a member of Kid 'n Play.

Thurmond qualifies as a veteran in this Seahawks secondary, though. Someone who is playing with the first-unit defense opposite of long-time starter Marcus Trufant.

There are 14 defensive backs in the Seahawks' training camp. Six are rookies, and four -- like Thurmond -- are in their second year.

Lawyer Milloy isn't present, his No. 36 being worn by Ron Parker, an undrafted free agent from Newberry College. Jordan Babineaux isn't here, either, though he's a free agent who hasn't ruled out or given up on a return to the Seahawks.

So where does that leave the rest of the secondary:

"We really just had to grow," Thurmond said. "We all had some playing time to where we know what it takes to be able to play at a high level, playing in the playoffs and stuff like that. I think that was very crucial for us last year, and they're just going to carry on to this year."

Thurmond was coming back from a serious knee injury suffered his senior season at Oregon. Does he feel different this year?

"I feel a lot different," Thurmond said. "My speed is back. My quickness is back. Everything I didn't have last year is back, pretty much. My legs are underneath me. I feel real confident. Last year was a great stepping stone for me to be able to get back on the field to know where I was at. To be able just to play with the NFL guys, knowing that I'm not 100 percent, that just gave me a lot of confidence."

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