11 Youthful Questions for Greg Trent

IT SEEMS LIKE yesterday when Will Derting's career came to an unexpected end and Greg Trent, a true freshman from a small Dallas suburb, was thrust into prime time. Today, it's Trent who is the elder statesman of the Cougar D. Like Derting, he hits like a freight train – a fact driven home in the season opener against Oklahoma State when he knocked a Cowboy return man back to the Jurassic era.

Greg Trent plays with infectious enthusiasm. It makes him a team leader on and off the field, and a feared presence to opposing offenses. He leads the Cougs in tackles, with 24 stops -- 3 1/2 for loss -- through four games. And with 259 career tackles, he's on pace to become one of the 10 most prolific tacklers in WSU history.

The File On
GREG TRENT
YEAR:
Fourth-year senior

HOMETOWN:
Keller, Texas

MAJOR:
Criminal Justice

SIZE:
5-11, 231.

NOTABLE:
Recently became just the 17th Cougar in history to post more than 250 career tackles.

HONORS:
All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2007; Sporting News second-team Freshman All-American in 2005

Trent recently took time to answer a few questions from me -- a 15-year-old Cougar fan -- as part of a periodic column aimed at asking WSU players and coaches the questions adults don't seem to think of asking.

CF.C: What was it like playing with Will Derting early in your career?
Trent : "I was pretty excited because, coming in, I heard a lot about him. I knew that when I was coming in I could learn a lot from watching and listening to him. He was the man (for that defense) and I wanted to learn everything I could from him … I always try and have is his kind of intensity, and using that intensity when getting off the line, and getting off blocks. I've watched a lot of his old tapes and I try and learn from what he did."

CF.C: What Pac-10 team has the craziest fans?
Trent: "I'd have to say us. Like really, I think we've got the wildest fans."

CF.C: When you're playing do you feed off of their energy?
Trent : "Oh yeah, the crowd can definitely get you ready for the next snap. When you make a big play and the crowd goes wild, you're nothing but juiced up and ready for the next play."

CF.C: What has been the biggest hit of your career so far?
Trent : One that I can think of off the top of my head is the one against Jonathan Stewart on the goal line last year."

CF.C: What made you want to become a Cougar?
Trent : "After I checked it out on my visit, I saw it was kinda the same atmosphere (as home) ... it's small but it's a nice community, you know a nice little college town. There's not all those distractions like at big city schools, and it's just like college and school, and that's kinda what made me want to become a Cougar."

TRENT AT SUMMER SKELLY DRILLS.

CF.C: As a freshman, when you played the USC team with Dwayne Jarrett, Reggie Bush, and Matt Leinart, how hard was it for you to try and contain that offense?
Trent : "In my view, because I was a freshman, everything is already pretty fast, so for me, yeah, I thought they were pretty tough to stop. Cause coming straight out of high school and running with these All-Americans, it's pretty challenging."

CF.C: How has the Cougar defense changed with the new coaches?
Trent : "Our schemes are a little bit different, we're mixing up the front a little bit."

CF.C: Describe the events that occur between the end of one play and the beginning of another.
Trent : "You're in control, you know no matter what, you control the start of the play and you control how you finish it, so I feel like if you can control what you do from the beginning to the end of the play then the end result will be good."

CF.C: When did you first realize that college football was a legitimate option for you?
Trent : "….I had my first scholarship offer from Wisconsin after my junior year and that's when I realized that I could really play in college."

CF.C: If you get the chance to play in the NFL is there one specific team you would like to play for?
Trent : "Well I'm a competitor so I hope I just get blessed with any opportunity, but my whole family is from Kansas City, Missouri, so I would love to play for the Chiefs."

CF.C: You're one of the primary leaders on this year's Cougar team. What's it like to have that responsibility?
Trent : "I feel honored that so many guys would look at me as a leader … it feels good."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hayden Eller, 15, is a tenth-grader attending the International School of Latvia after moving there with his family from Chelan a year ago. His addiction to crimson and gray started six years ago when he attended his first game at Martin Stadium, a Cougar win over Idaho. His father, Jeff, is a 1985 WSU graduate. Hayden has named his dog Butch, and is working to turn his little brother and mom into avid Coug fans.


TRENT CAN'T HELP BUT FLEX AFTER COUGS WON APPLE CUP TROPHY LAST NOVEMBER.

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