Mr. Dynamic, Do-It-All: Travis Lee

Mt. San Antonio College has a lot of talent on their roster and one of the most versatile and most explosive is WR Travis Lee (5-9, 170). He might be small in stature, but he's one of the top all-purpose offensive threats in the entire country.

"I'm a bounce-back from San Jose State," Lee recently told JCFootball.com.  "I qualified out of high school and was recruited by Washington, Oregon and Arizona along with San Jose State, but they (SJSU) were my only offer, so I took it.

"I really didn't enjoy myself there and I didn't like it very much so I decided to leave and I came here and I've been much happier."

Lee redshirted his freshman season at San Jose State and has been a big contributor in his new home at Mt. SAC. 

In 2005, he posted solid numbers, catching 28 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, rushing it six times for 99 yards and two more touchdowns and returning kicks and punts, averaging 17.1 yards on 14 punt returns and scoring two touchdowns while also posting a gaudy 38.5 yard average on 16 kick returns including one for 100 yards and a touchdown.

So far, 2006 has been more of the same.

"Someone told me the other day I'm leading the country in all-purpose yards, which was pretty cool," Lee, who has 917 total yards in five games, said.  He has 30 receptions for 381 yards and three touchdowns and has a 31.8 yard average on punt returns and a 29.8 yard kick return average. 

"As a receiver, I'm at my best when catching the ball and then getting the yards after the catch," Lee said.  "This summer I worked on my routes because when you play in high school all you do is run the route.  You don't realize how precise you need to be, but here, I've worked on that and I think I've gotten a lot better.

"When I return kicks, I've done it since I was seven, so I feel really comfortable returning them.  People always say ‘you have to have some heart to return punts' and they think I'm crazy."

"I prefer to be called fearless," Lee added with a laugh. He claims a 39-inch vertical and 4.49 forty.

On the recruiting front, surprisingly, Lee hasn't gotten much attention, but he said that's because teams haven't seen his film yet and which is something he's getting ready to rectify.

"I'm heading out right now to finish it up actually," Lee said.  "We wanted to get some good game-tape to send out and I've had a good first few games this year so we should have it out early next week."

Lee said he plans to mail out his tape to the entire Pac-10, the WAC and some Big 12 schools looking for a playmaker who can contribute on offense as well as in the return game.

"I think I can help some teams because I really want to do well and succeed at what I do," Lee said.  "I think I'll get my chance.  I just have to wait and see what happens."

Lee, who plans to major in Sociology, will graduate in December and have two years to play two at the next level.

 


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