Louis Trinca-Pasat enrolled early at Iowa in January 2010.
Enrolling early under coach Kirk Ferentz is mostly a rarity, but arrive early did Trinca-Pasat, who weighed around 245 pounds out of Chicago’s Lane Tech High School as an 18-year-old.
Four and a half years later, the now 6-3, 290-pounder is a force at defensive tackle. Trinca-Pasat enters his third straight year as a starter. He was honorable mention all-Big Ten in 2013 after recording 38 tackles — eight of those for a loss of yards — along with one sack and two pass break-ups.
Lining up next to fellow senior Carl Davis, the Hawkeyes boast a formidable defensive line. Davis and Trinca-Pasat will be at the two tackle spots while senior Mike Hardy and junior Drew Ott are the starting defensive ends.
He worked his way up, and Trinca-Pasat is reaping the rewards.
“This will be Louis’ third year starting,” defensive line coach Reese Morgan said. “He has the most experience out of anybody. He’s earned the respect of everybody in our group, and hopefully on the team, by his style of play. His motor, his effort, the way he finishes plays.
“One thing about Louis is he’ll give you everything he has every play. Doesn’t matter the fatigue, doesn’t matter the opponent, doesn’t matter any other influences, he’s going to go hard.”
The defensive line is ready for Aug. 30 when Iowa opens play against Northern Iowa in Kinnick Stadium.
They are ready to take on blocks, making sure the three linebackers behind them — all three first-year starters, by the way — are free to run down running backs, receivers, and tight ends. If Davis or Trinca-Pasat is able to get around the offensive linemen, though, look out.
That’s a combined 605 pounds going after the quarterback.
“He pushes me to get better,” Trinca-Pasat said of Davis. “When he makes a play, I’m like, ‘I want to make a play.’ He pushes me to go harder, and that’s how I am for him too. We both understand football. If he’s doing what he can do, it makes everybody’s job easier. Guys have their individual part and if we just do our part, then the defense will come together.”
Morgan was complimentary of his position group last week at Iowa media day, pointing out Trinca-Pasat’s ability to bring along younger players in a leadership role.
Junior Darian Cooper, sophomores Faith Ekakitie and Jaleel Johnson, and redshirt freshman Nathan Bazata are also expected to be in the rotation at defensive tackle.
“Guys respect three things: hard work, toughness, and people that care about other people,” Morgan said. “That’s Louis. He does all three things.”
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