May 12, 2012

Trapp goes country

Growing up in California and having only spent a few days in Mississippi on his official visit, Joey Trapp really did not know what to expect when he arrived in Starkville last January.

But after a year immersed in southern culture he plans on sticking around a while even after his playing days with the Bulldogs are done.

"All my teammates took me in like a brother," Trapp said. "During that first week it was like 'Woah' but the hospitality in this state is just unbelievable. Everyone is so nice and caring. People know who you are and everyone is loving you so it's not that bad of a change for me."

Trapp is on track to graduate in December with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and will attend Mississippi State for graduate school as well.

During his first season with the Bulldogs, the Los Angeles Harbor Community College transfer appeared in 11 games as a reserve offensive lineman. With only one year of eligibility remaining Trapp is working hard to secure a starting role at State.

"I have to have more of a sense of urgency to grasp things quicker than someone who came in at the same time as me but is a freshman," Trapp said.

Since his arrival, Trapp has packed on 37-pounds going from 263 to 300-pounds in only a matter of months. He has also transition from guard where he practiced and played in 2011 to tackle this spring.

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