"I redshirted in 2005 and played every game last year. I had 33 tackles and 3 sacks last year. I led the team in tackles in two games, and after Spring drills, I kept my starting job," added Patrick Trahan.
But after a stellar redshirt freshman season and spring drills, academics took its toll.
"I got behind, academically, and I had to leave Auburn. I transferred to N' West CC this summer to get my books back in order. It was a tough lesson, but one that made me grow up in a hurry. Really, I would not take back any of it if I had to do it all over again. I am a much better man because of this."
Auburn's loss was N' West CC's gain, as Patrick took over the strong side linebacker from day one, and has made an immediate impact for the Ranger's program.
Trahan has collected 30 tackles, 5 for losses, 3 sacks, and 9 QB hurries for the 2-1 Rangers.
"We have had a really good start this year. I am having a blast over here. Being back with Alonzo Horton is cool. And there are so many great players and coaches over here. Like I said, I would not take back any of this back. I am learning more and more every day I am out on the field."
Now we know why Coach Tuberville for Auburn was sick in his stomach after learning that his star defensive player was academically ineligible for the '07 season.
Where next for Patrick?
"I do not know. I am going to Ole Miss today with Alonzo (Horton) to talk with them and look at things. Back in high school, they started recruiting me. Coach Frank (Wilson) is real good friends with my father, so there is that comfort level with him."
Will this be Patrick's first trip to Oxford?
"No, I have been there before. We (Auburn) played Ole Miss there last year. I had a pretty good game against them. I went over there my junior year on a visit. I saw some of the campus, but not the whole campus. I just want to check out the school. I have already been through the recruiting process. I am just trying to see if the situation is going to work out for me."
The Rebels troubles at linebacker this season has also caught Trahan's attention.
"I only have two years left when I leave here, so I really have to focus on that. I know Ole Miss is looking for some immediate help. That is a plus for me."
Anymore schools involved?
"Not right now. I have not gotten any calls, but several schools have talked to my coach, but I have not spoken to any of them."