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June 5, 2014

Hard Work Pays Off: Tribe's Travis signs with ETBU

JACKSONVILLE —

Ryan Travis could, arguably be having the 72-hours of his life right now.

Starting off with signing a national letter on Wednesday to continue his football career at East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) and ending Friday evening with the Jacksonville High School graduation ceremony at the Tomato Bowl, a venue that was the location of so many of Travis' football memories, this has been a three-day span that Travis will remember for the rest of his life.

“It's an exciting week for me,” Travis said. “My high school experience at Jacksonville has been a lot of fun and I could not have asked for a better ending.”

Travis handled the place kicking duties for the Tribe football team and he plans on competing for the same job at ETBU, a NCAA Division III institution that is a member of the American Southwest Conference.

Travis said that a strong senior season went a long way in creating the opportunity to kick at the collegiate level.

“I think I had a real strong senior season and that that was important,” he said.

Kicking specialists are a rare bread in that so much of their practice time is spent alone as they are fueled by the fires from within to improve leg strength and accuracy.

Travis attended the Ray Guy Kicking Academy last summer and turned in a stellar effort while on that platform and, according to Travis, that really catapulted him into having a banner year as a Tribe senior.

“The camp definitely helped me with my form and overall allowed me to improve so much,” Travis said.”

As for his decision to attend ETBU, Travis stated that life on campus and life as a Tiger football player seem to mirror each other and that that is something that is very pleasing to him.

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