BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) - Former Northeast Mississippi Community College standout safety Brynden Trawick found success at the next level at Troy University and was recently named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First Team Defense.
Trawick, who was a second team All-Sun Belt selection in 2011, finished his senior season with 83 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups. He intercepted Sun Belt Player of the Year Ryan Aplin – one of just four on the year by Aplin – and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. Trawick earned Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording 15 tackles, including a pair for a loss, at North Texas.
Trawick was rewarded for all his hard work at the end of his senior campaign as one of nine Troy players who were named to the 2012 Sun Belt All-Conference Team by the league office.
“He has been a tremendous player for us over the past few years,” said Troy’s Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs coach Jeremy Rowell. “Brynden came in and made an impact on our team and I think he will have a shot at the next level.”
Trawick is a 6'3", 230-pound safety from Marietta, Ga., who started his career at Sprayberry High School and spent two seasons (one redshirting) at Michigan State University.
However, Trawick decided to transfer to Booneville, under the direction of head coach Ricky Smither in 2010.
While at Northeast, Trawick started all nine games for the Tigers during the 2010 season and tallied six pass break ups and one interception, which he returned 67 yards for a touchdown against Holmes Community College. Trawick recorded 58 total tackles, including nine tackles for a loss, along with four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Trawick also spent some time on offense and had 29 return yards along with two receptions for seven yards.
Trawick transferred to Troy University after one season at Northeast and made an immediate impact with the Trojans and in the Sun Belt Conference.
During the 2011 season, Trawick led the Trojans and the Sun Belt with 123 tackles and was named second team All-Sun Belt and the Sun Belt Conference’s leading tackler by a tackle per game.
Trawick was the only player in the Sun Belt to average double-digit tackles on the season (10.2) and finished 16th in the NCAA with his tackles-per-game total, sixth with 75 solo tackles and 20th with 123 total tackles. He also recorded double-digit tackles in six of his 12 starts and finished with a fumble recovery, two pass-breakups and 2.5 tackles for loss.