Sophomore Linebacker Playing Well This Spring

Patrick Trahan is in the mix for a starting position for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--With two major spring scrimmages in the books, Patrick Trahan has positioned himself to take over the starting strongside linebacker spot vacated by 2006 senior Will Herring.

Trahan, a redshirt sophomore from New Orleans, has been an active and aggressive player as the Tigers head into the stretch run of spring training.

"Patrick has been a very productive guy for us this spring," says defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. "He is doing a good job. He has a lot of speed on the field. He is a guy we really feel good about."

Trahan says he feels good about how his spring is going, but notes that he is not satisfied.

"I think I am really starting to get into my role at linebacker," says Trahan, who played safety in high school. "I am gaining some weight. I am up to 220 pounds now and I am hoping to get to 230 pounds, maybe even 235, by the start of the season.

"I think I am getting to know the position a little bit better, but I still am working to improve," he adds.

Patrick Trahan played in all 13 games last season and finished with nine solo tackles and five assists.

Trahan and his teammates held the upper hand over the offense in Saturday's second major scrimmage of the spring. Trahan and the first team defense kept the number one offense in check much of the session.

"We are having a lot of fun on defense," he says. "We didn't do as well as we wanted to in the scrimmage, but I think we had a lot of great points. Everybody is flying around out there. There is nothing but speed out there and we are beginning to come together as a defensive team."

Trahan and the Tigers are off on Monday and are scheduled to return to the practice field on Tuesday. Auburn will hold its annual A-Day spring football game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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