AU's Trahan Knows LSU Very Well

Auburn linebacker Patrick Trahan is a young player with a ton of potential who is seeing more playing time.

Auburn, Ala.--It doesn't get any bigger than this for Patrick Trahan, a redshirt freshman linebacker from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.

"I'm from Baton Rouge, I just went to high school in New Orleans," Trahan says. "From my house in Baton Rouge I can hear Tiger Stadium from my front steps. It's a big game and I played against half of the people on the LSU team.

"It's just a big game," he adds. "Everyone back home is going to be watching. I want to make a name for myself and this will be a good game to try to do that."

Growing up to the sounds of "Bum bum bum buh! Geaux Tigers!" Trahan says that he's still friends with many players on the opposing team.

"I went to a lot of LSU games growing up and I went to a lot of LSU games for recruiting," he notes. "Like I said I could hear LSU from my steps and it's just a part of my life. They said I was a traitor when I went to Auburn.

"I felt like Auburn really wanted me," Trahan continues. "LSU wanted me, but not as bad as Auburn wanted me. I thought Auburn was the right fit for me football-wise and that's why I'm here."

Trahan has worked on adding size and muscle. He is up to 220 pounds this season.

As Will Herring's backup at strongside linebacker and also in on the punt and kickoff teams, he hopes to see more action this Saturday against his home-state Tigers.

"I'm going to be mainly special teams, but I think that I will play a little bit helping Will out if he gets tired or something," Trahan says. "Unless something comes up I'm the No. 2 man and in on special teams.

"I like play special teams because that's my role right now and that's what I'm going to do. If that's what they want me to play then I'm going to give it everything I've got. When my time comes to play another position I'll play that and do whatever I need to."

After switching from safety to linebacker during his redshirt season, Trahan has been a standout in his 11-on-11 work during Auburn's practices and scrimmage, often times causing fumbles or having his hand in big plays.

He played on special teams against Washington State and Mississippi State and adding some more snaps on defense late in those game. When called on against LSU, he says he'll be ready.

"I think that from week one to week two was a big difference," Trahan notes. "On special teams where I start on I did a whole lot better than week one. I'm getting to learn the game a whole lot better. As far as defense I'm getting a better feel for it when I got a couple of snaps in the (Mississippi State) game."


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