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Ross Travis Makes Kansas City Chiefs’ 53-Man Roster

Ross Travis, Penn State third-leading rebounder in program history, can now call himself an NFL tight end. Travis follows in the footsteps of former University of Miami basketball star and Seattle Seahawk Jimmy Graham in making the Kansas City Chiefs’ final 53-man roster Saturday.

Travis initially gave his football dream a shot last year when he participated in Penn State’s Pro Day and eventually earned a preseason camp invite with Bill O’Brien’s Houston Texans. However, the 6-foot-7, 235-pound Travis would head to Kansas City and impress head coach Andy Reid enough to earn a spot on the Chiefs’ 2015 practice squad.

The Chaska, Minn., native was a high-flying force for the Nittany Lions during his career in Happy Valley, proving athleticism certainly wouldn’t be an issue for the 23-year-old, but hammering down the intricacies of playing tight end in the NFL — especially learning how to block — came naturally to Travis.

He’s currently listed third on the depth chart out of four tight ends to make the roster, joining starter Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, and James O’Shaughnessy. Travis recorded four catches for 28 yards during the preseason and could make his NFL debut as soon as next Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. season opener at Arrowhead Stadium against the San Diego Chargers. Pat Chambers is surely grinning ear to ear.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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