Tiger From New Orleans Worried About Family

New Orleans native Patrick Trahan discusses his concerns about what is happening back home in the Crescent City.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn linebacker Patrick Trahan says he is glad he is a long way from the projected impact of Hurricane Katrina, but the freshman linebacker says he wishes he could be with his family who has evacuated its home in New Orleans.

Trahan and fellow Auburn freshman Alonzo Horton practiced football on campus at Auburn on Sunday evening along with backup punter Patrick Martyn, who is also from New Orleans.

"After practice we started praying and I started thinking about it," Trahan says. "It kind of hit me hard again."

Patrick Trahan moved from safety to linebacker this preseason.

Trahan was up early on Sunday and when he found out that the hurricane had strengthened to a category five he woke up Horton and told him to be sure he called his family and convinced them to get out of New Orleans, which they have done.

"It is hard being so far away from home with everybody in danger from the storm," says Trahan, who notes that his neighborhood as well as "anywhere you go in New Orleans" is in danger of going underwater because the city is seven to 10 feet below sea level.

"I talked to my girlfriend and she told me they are trying to get everybody off the west bank, which is where I stay, because they might flood the west bank to stop the downtown from flooding," Trahan says. "A lot of people in my family are concerned.

"I am originally from Baton Rouge, but I went to school in New Orleans so I have a lot of family and friends up there (Baton Rouge). Everywhere you go there are going to be floods.

"We have a pretty sturdy brick house in Baton Rouge, but they have trees and the big danger from the storm is debris. I tried to get her (his mother) to get out of the house and go to Texas or something."

Trahan notes that his girlfriend headed west for Texas in the middle of the night. "They packed up five cars and left at 3 o'clock," he notes. "Everybody in their family is getting out of town."

Trahan says that he will be concerned about his family even though Baton Rouge should be a much safer place to ride out the storm than New Orleans. "I still wanted to be with my family through the hard times," he says. "A lot of my family looks up to me. I have become a man in my house and I want to take care of my family. I want to make sure everybody gets out of harms way. I tried to call everybody. It is hard to get through. Everybody is trying to call their families."

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