By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE – A pair of former Northeast Mississippi Community College Tiger football players are hoping to become the next Arian Foster, Wes Welker or Kurt Warner.
Former Tiger football players Brynden Trawick and Josh Jarboe, both of Atlanta, Georgia signed undrafted free agent contracts with National Football League teams following the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27.
Trawick joined the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens while Jarboe took his talents to Washington, D.C. to become a Redskin under the tutelage of long-time NFL head coach Mike Shanahan.
Trawick and Jarboe become the sixth and seventh Northeast football players to sign NFL contracts since 2005. Former Tiger Mario Addison (2006-07) has seen time with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers while Bruce Hall (2005) clocked time with the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos.
Trawick becomes the second former Tiger to sign with the Baltimore Ravens as Michael Ricks (2005-06) joined the squad as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Former Tiger Chris Bradwell (2005) saw times with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams while Justin Sanders (2004-05) was signed by the Detroit Lions.
Both Trawick and Jarboe were standouts at Northeast under the direction of head coach Ricky Smither.
While at Northeast, Trawick (6-3, 240-pound safety) 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 — nine tackles for 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.
Trawick, who was a second team All-Sun Belt selection last year, 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 and was one of nine Troy players who were named to the 2012 Sun Belt All-Conference Team, which was released Wednesday, December 5, by the league office.
During the 2010 season at Northeast, Jarboe (6-3, 215 pound wide-out) helped lead the Tigers to a 5-4 record and a tie for the runner-up spot in the North Division of the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC).
In 2010, Jarboe hauled in 42 passes for 495 yards – 11.8 yards per catch average – and a pair of scores while leading the Tigers in receiving five different times during the nine-game season including his last three games as a Tiger.
After Northeast, Jarboe inked with Arkansas State and during his 2011 season Jarboe was selected to the Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference, College Football Performance Awards honorable mention and was National Wide Receiver of the Week.
Jarboe played in all 13 games, including nine as a starter, and had 54 receptions which was the second most on the team — ranked No. 10 in the Sun Belt Conference and were the seventh most in school history for a single season. Jarboe posted 730 receiving yards that was the third most on the team, ranked No. 8 in the Sun Belt Conference and was the tenth most in school history.
Jarboe recorded two 100-yard receiving games, including a career-high 162 yards against Memphis that was the eleventh most in school history while piling up 112 receiving yards on a career-high
nine receptions at Western Kentucky . Jarboe also scored two touchdowns, both against Memphis and caught multiple passes in every game with four or more in