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By LARRY VAUGHT
Danny Trevathan has had no problem adjusting to his decision to stay at UK rather than putting his name into the NFL draft like teammate Randall Cobb did after the 2010 season ended even though he readily admits his initial reaction was to leave as well.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was gone, man. I was out of here. Then I did a lot of self-evaluation and started looking at my future and talking to my family and stuff,Ã¢â‚¬Â Trevathan said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I just learned the easy way is not always the best way.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The average (playing time) in the NFL is like three years and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want it to end that short and just have to rely on football and stuff. I want to have my education, finish school and try to build for my future and my family. Education is real important. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s they key thing my mother told me before I came to college was to stick with my education. I am going to graduate in December and I am ready to knock it out of the way before I get to the NFL.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He says coach Joker Phillips helped him with his decision to come back.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I talked to coach Joker and he really just put it in my hands. I think that was respectful of him and is what makes him a great coach and great friend at the same time. He just told me some things and trusted me to make my own decision,Ã¢â‚¬Â Trevathan said.
Trevathan says the fear of the current NFL lockout did not impact his decision, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s glad now with the lockout in progress that he is at UK.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think it was the best decision for me. There is a lot of stuff about the lockout working in my favor. I prayed to God to do what is best for and I hope they do what they need to do to get the lockout over,Ã¢â‚¬Â Trevathan said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Randall will be all right either way. That guy, you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t keep him off the field. But I am glad I am back here.Ã¢â‚¬Â
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not putting any pressure on himself, either, to improve his draft status. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more concerned with helping UK improve its 6-7 record from a year ago.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am just trying to take it one day at a time. I know I am preseason all-American and stuff, but that is in the past. I am just trying to be a No. 1 draft pick and stuff like that,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That is how I try to prepare myself and I know anything is possible through God. I am trying to get myself on one accord with him.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Coach (Rick) Minter talks to me and the whole defense a lot about the mental game. The mentality of this game is important. A lot of people overlook that. Last year I overlooked that. I was kind of like a jokester. I could play around and still able to make plays because of my speed. This year I am going to try and make plays with my speed and use the defense more. I want to use my line more. We have a lot of great defensive linemen. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be a great year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I will still be basically doing the same things. Just more me covering the tight end and blitzing. Just getting me more all over the field to try and make plays. Use my speed and willingness to fly around and be the motor of the defense. We have a lot of people that are going to be the motor of this defense. I can promise you that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also finally over the emotional loss of his dog who died late last season.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was like the loss of a child. I tried to treat my dog just like it was a family member, but I have finally got over it,Ã¢â‚¬Â Trevathan smiled and said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have had a new dog since November. I had it when he died and he picked up his characteristics. I had the dog that died a year before.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A dog never complains. I took them to class and everywhere with me. Everybody loved them. He was really lovable and I really missed him. But I am over that now and happy with my new dog. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve adjusted, just like I have with football.Ã¢â‚¬Â