Ryan Travis

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Ryan Travis
No. -- Free agent
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-18) January 18, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth: Massillon, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Tuslaw High School
College: West Liberty
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
2× Consensus first-team Division II All-America (2009–2010)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Ryan Travis (born January 18, 1989) is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at West Liberty University, where he was a consensus first-team Division II All-American in both 2009 and 2010. He led Division II in receptions in his senior year, while also tying the Division II season record for touchdowns by a tight end. He finished his college career as the fifth leading all-time Division II receiver. Undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Travis played with the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 preseason before being waived.

High school[edit]

Travis was a 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 185-pound (84 kg) sophomore at Tuslaw High School when he caught 41 passes. He grew to 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 205 pounds (93 kg), and switched positions to running back where he finished with 1,321 yards and 27 touchdowns for the 9-2 Mustangs.[1] He was named first team All-Ohio and was league player of the year.[2]

In 2011, the Tuslaw Local Board of Education was considering a proposal by Tuslaw High football coach Nate Held to retire Travis' number—44.[3]

College career[edit]

Travis played H-back for West Liberty. He caught 104 passes for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns and was a consensus first-team NCAA Division II All-American a junior.[1][4] In his senior year, Travis caught an NCAA-best 126 passes for 1,402 yards, and he led Division II with 140.2 receiving yards a game.[1][5] His 15 touchdowns tied the Division II single-season mark for tight ends. He was the only college football player that season—all divisions—to catch at least 10 passes in every game. Travis' 126 catches and 12.6 catches per game rank second in NCAA Division II history. He was named consensus first-team NCAA Division II All-America for the second consecutive year.[6]

Travis ended his career with 285 receptions, the fifth-highest total in NCAA Division II history.[6] "He was a mismatch for linebackers because he could run around them," said West Liberty head coach Roger Walalae. "And he was a mismatch for cornerbacks who came up because he just ran them over."[1]

Professional career[edit]

Travis was undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. He signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks.[7] Travis was listed as the second-string fullback behind Michael Robinson.[8] He was waived on August 29, 2011.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas, Jim (December 10, 2010). "Tuslaw grad Ryan Travis leads NCAA in pass receptions". The Repository. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Travis". HillTopperSports.com. West Libery University Athletics. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Pustay, Erin (August 9, 2011). "Tuslaw to retire Ryan Travis' number?". IndieOnline.com. GateHouse Media, Inc. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Former WLU Star Anything But Sleepless in Seattle". The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. August 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Doerschuk, Steve (Mar 12, 2011). "Travis turning scouts' heads at West Liberty". The Repository. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "WLU’s Travis, Amedro All-Americans". The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. December 15, 2010. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ "West Liberty's Travis To The Seahawks". WVMetroNews.com. West Virginia MetroNews Network. July 26, 2011. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ Dorksen, Aaron (August 21, 2011). "Following Travis' shot at the NFL". The Daily Record. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tuslaw grad Ryan Travis cut by Seahawks". IndieOnline.com. GateHouse Media, Inc. August 29, 2011. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 

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