Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Travis Kelce has spent a lot of time in the shadows as a Bearcat. When he came to Clifton he was Jason's brother. He was originally a quarterback before bouncing around and settling at tight end. He was suspended for the 2010 season and when he returned he had the large shadow of Adrien Robinson to deal with. Finally, in his Senior season Travis Kelce is making a name for himself.
I am going to go out on a limb here. The single most difficult weapon, among the multitude of options, for opposing defensive coordinators to deal with is Travis Kelce. Not George Winn or Ralph David Abernathy IV. Not Kenbrell Thompkins, Damon Julian or Anthony McClung. It's Kelce. For a tight end he has the complete package. He is 6'6" 260 accordingly he has the ability to dominate at the point of attack, and he does, frequently. Kelce is also a good route runner, has excellent hands. Best of all he can run with speed or for power. No defense yet has come up with a way to cover him.
At this time last year no one was talking Adrien Robinson as an NFL prospect. That was before he unleashed a pro day performance that saw him run a 4.5 40 at 6'6" 264. Kelce is a similarly jaw dropping athlete. Jason is one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the league, but Travis has always been the athlete. TK will almost certainly have a crazy day of testing come march, and will rocket up boards accordingly. But here is the thing, his production this year has been outstanding.
After 8 games Kelce has 19 catches for 385 yards and four TD's. He is also averaging 20 yards per catch for good measure. The four TD's are, as far as I can tell, a single season UC record for tight ends. His 385 yards are the most since Connor Barwin had 399 yards in 2007. And Kelce still has a chance to track down Brent Celek who set the single season yardage record at 481. At his current pace he will pass Celek at some point during the South Florida game.
None of which is really surprising. Kelce is bigger and faster than ever before, but he has always had the ability to impact games the way he is currently doing. He just couldn't get out of his own way before. His suspension for the 2010 season comes to mind.
Even this year, a year where he is playing at another level he still has moments where the old TK pops up. The TK that really doesn't think twice when prompted to describe how he feels after the biggest win in school history, Consequences to potential employers be damned. Against Syracuse Kelce had a monster game with 4 catches for 77 yards, and two TD's, one of which will live forever. He also had two drive stalling personal foul penalties. Take the bitter with the better is suppose. One thing is clear, every game is an adventure if TK is involved.