FOS Audio: McBride in the Spotlight

HERSHEY - Travis McBride has loved football from the first time he saw the game. For the star WPIAL tailback, playing in the Big 33 game is a great honor, and at Penn State he hopes to follow in the footsteps of the many great Nittany Lion backs who have come before him.

The Penn State coaches are impressed with McBride's football instincts, and have considered the possibility that Travis could end up in the defensive backfield, but McBride has the hands and the ball handling skills to make a difference at tailback. Due to specific rules designed to favor a passing offense in the Big 33, McBride has had the opportunity to catch a lot of balls out of the backfield, and the sure handed back has delivered on those opportunities.

Soft spoken and reserved off the field, Travis' goal for the Big 33 game is simply to get a win for Pennsylvania and have fun doing so.

During his senior season, McBride ran for 1,638 yards on 149 carries. He also earned first team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State and All-WPIAL honors and was named to the MSASPORTS "Elite 11" team. McBride was also chosen as the WPIAL Class AAAA Player of the Year.

With the Nittany Lions well stocked at tailback, the best opportunity for McBride to see early playing time appears to be on the defensive side of the ball. McBride played both ways for his McKeesport Tigers, and could step into the backfield, but the most likely path to the field for the WPIAL star runs through a redshirt season.

McBride spoke with FOS after a Big 33 practice this week:

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