Most fullbacks don't get a lot of respect from the media or fans but their teammates know how valuable they are to the team. FB Travis Wilson from Kansas State is a special player he is 6-3 248 pounds who runs a 4.65 and has a vertical jump of over 32 inches, and is stronger then some offensive linemen who benches 225, 31 times. Wilson started his college career at Michigan State and was moved from linebacker to fullback in 2000. Wilson was named one of the team captain's of the Wildcats before last season and has a first rate work ethic who is a very emotional player that fires up his teammates before and during games.
"I think that one of my big strengths is my leadership ability and people are drawn to me, not to be cocky but I feel I'm a natural leader with my personality," said Wilson.
Last year Wilson played in all 13 games with ten starts, and carried the ball 20 times for 126 net yards and did not have a single negative-yardage rush. He caught three passes for 45 total yards, and contributed four tackles on special teams.
"Another one of my biggest strength is my lead blocking ability along with my consistency, I can also make plays with the ball in my hands, even if I don't get the ball a lot," said Wilson. "I have good hands out of the backfield, but I do know I need to work on something to be a better player. I need to work on carrying the ball and keep my pad level down along with my pass blocking."
With the different types of fullbacks in the NFL today Wilson feels that his skills could fit into many different types of offense. The West Coast type of offense uses the fullback the most and most other offense uses the fullback as mainly a lead blocker.
"I think that I can do both, either the West Coast type of offense or as a true lead fullback. It is not going to hurt my feeling either way, really it's not up to me, it is whatever team gives me a chance," said Wilson. "I think my body type is similar to the Dolphins Rob Konrad, but I feel like I can be a lead blocker like Lorenzo Neal or do some of the things that Cory Schlesingher has done (in the West Coast offense)."
Wilson plan on finishing his college career at Kansas State with a bowl win and then graduating in December and then working hard and getting ready for NFL workouts. Most people don't give fullbacks a lot of respect but Travis Wilson is a special fullback.