Travis Beckum-Biography

Giants.com has a biography of Travis Beckum:

OVERVIEW

It seems that every time someone doubts Beckum’s ability, he proves everyone wrong. When he first arrived on campus, the coaching staff doubted that he would be anything more than a “warm body” sitting on the bench. After all, how many 215-pound defensive ends have ever played in the National Football League. He forced his way on to the field as a special teams “kamikaze” during his freshman year and was asked to switch to offense the following season.

 

CAREER NOTES

Beckum appeared in 40 games, including 30 on offense, earning 20 starting assignment at tight end for Wisconsin…Caught 159 passes for 2,149 yards (13.5 avg) and eleven touch-downs…His 159 catches rank third in school history behind Lee Evans (175, 1999-2003) and Brandon Williams (202, 2002-05) and broke the previous Badgers tight end record of 121 catches by Pat Richter (1960-62)…Became just the fifth player in school history to gain over 2,000 receiving yards in a career, joining Lee Evans (3,468), Brandon Williams (2,924), Al Toon (2,103; 1982-84) and Chris Chambers (2,004; 1997-2000)…His 2,159 yards also topped Pat Richter’s old school tight end record of 1,873 yards… Ranks tied for ninth in school history with eleven touchdown receptions, second to Richter’s fifteen among Wisconsin tight ends…Beckum’s 75 receptions in 2007 tied Lee Evans (2001) for the school season-record…His 61 catches in 2006 placed fourth on the UW season-record chart and broke the old Badgers annual record for tight ends (49 by Pat Richter in 1962)…
Amassed 982 yards receiving in 2007, the fourth-best season total in school history…His 903 receiving yards in 2006 placed sixth on that list and broke the previous UW tight end annual record of 817 yards by Pat Richter in 1961…Caught a career-high eleven passes vs. Illinois in 2007, tying Pat Richter’s school game-record for tight ends (vs. Southern California in 1963) and were topped only by Matt Nyquist (13 vs. Iowa, 1995) on the school’s overall game-record chart…His 160 receiving yards vs. Illinois in 2007 rank 12th overall on the Wisconsin game-record list, as only Pat Richter (170 vs. Illinois in 1961) had more yards receiving in a game among Wisconsin tight ends.

2008 SEASON

Beckum was named to the John Mackey Award, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year and Lombardi Award Watch Lists…The preseason All-American first-team selection was limited to six games of action, starting vs. Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and Illinois before missing the rest of the season with a left fibula fracture vs. the Illini that required surgery to repair…Sat out the team’s first two games vs. Akron and Marshall due to a fall camp right hamstring strain…Missed three quarters of the Michigan clash after he re-injured his hamstring…Despite missing more than half the season, he still finished third on the team with 23 receptions for 264 yards (11.5 avg), but failed to find the end zone for the first time in his three-year career as a tight end.

2008 GAME ANALYSIS

Fresno
 StateBeckum came off the bench in his first 2008 appearance, responding with four receptions for 51 yards, as his hamstring passed the test and held up well in the heat.

Michigan…Beckum was limited to two catches for 17 yards in the fourth quarter, as he missed most of the action in the first three quarters when he re-injured his hamstring strain…He also caught what would have been the game-tying two-point conversion with 13 seconds left, but he “covered up” another tight end on the line of scrimmage rather than lining up off the line. That five-yard penalty negated his catch and Wisconsin couldn’t convert the subsequent two-point try.

Ohio State…The tight end hauled in a season-high six passes for 60 yards in a tough 20-17 loss…”Just going into the locker room, I told the guys that this game could make or break us,” Beckum said in the post-game news conference. “We could feel sorry for ourselves and just carry that on. Or we could just say we lost the football game, and we have to worry about Penn State.”

Penn State…While Beckum improved his statistics from the previous week, catching five passes for 79 yards, it was another loss for the Badgers, who fell 48-7.

IowaBeckum followed with 41 yards on four receptions.

Illinois…The preseason All-American totaled 16 yards on a pair of catches before suffering a left fibula fracture that would end his season, undergoing surgery right after the game…
“It’s very unfortunate whenever anyone’s season is ended because of an injury,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Travis and his family as he begins his recovery. I visited him today in the hospital and his spirits are good. I know he will do everything it takes to get back to 100 percent.”…The school originally reported the injury as being a fractured tibula, but corrected that information the following day…“Hope-fully the way it looks it might be sometime toward the end of January where he could be running,” UW coach Bret Bielema said. “Obviously Travis has gone through a range of emotions,” Bielema said. “He has gotten better by the hour as far as his spirits. Travis has an unyielding spirit.” Bielema noted Beckum will eventually speak to reporters and explained why he released an official statement Sunday clarifying the nature of the injury and Beckum’s status. “The reason I put out a press release,” he said, “I didn’t want the Internet mafia to start creating injuries that weren’t out there…He had surgery at a UW hospital. People are involved in the surgery. People are involved in his recovery. You just didn’t want something to get out there that wasn’t true.”

2007 SEASON

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Walter Camp Foundation and Rivals.com, adding second-team honors from The Sporting News…Finalist for the John
Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end…Named college football’s “Tight End of the Year” by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio…Consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice…Co-winner of UW’s Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation Award…Led the nation’s tight ends in receiving yards (75.54 ypg) and ranked second in receptions (5.77 rpg)…Set the school season-record for tight ends and tied the overall record first set by Lee Evans in 2001, as Beckum made 75 catches for 982 yards (13.1 avg) and six touch-downs…Added 6 yards on four carries (1.5 avg) and recorded four tackles (3 solos), including solo stops in each of the Nevada-Las Vegas, Northern Illinois and Minnesota clashes while added an assisted tackle vs. Michigan…Limited in fall camp by back and neck spasms, but started six of the thirteen games that he appeared in…Had at least four receptions in every game, except vs. Indiana (three).

2007 GAME ANALYSIS

Beckum opened the season with six catches in each of the Washington State (49 yards) and Nevada-Las Vegas (66) contests.

The Citadel…Followed with 60 yards on four grabs, scoring his first touchdown for the season on a 25-yard toss from Tyler Donovan in the fourth quarter…Also rushed once for 4 yards.

Michigan State…Hauled in ten passes, including eight for first downs, as he tallied 132 yards…Has a 2-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter that ended a 91-yard, 12-play possession.

IllinoisTied a school game-record for tight ends, as his eleven receptions rank second on Wisconsin’s overall game-record list, gaining a career-high 160 yards in the process.

Ohio StateProduced 140 yards on nine catches that included a third quarter 28-yard score that capped a 6-play, 92-yard drive.

Michigan…Delivered his fourth 100-yard game for the season, compiling 106 yards on six receptions…QB Tyler Donovan found Beckum with a 10-yard scoring strike in the first quarter to spark the Badgers to a 37-21 win.

MinnesotaGained 89 yards on five catches, as he also scored in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard reception.

Tennessee (Outback Bowl)…Beckum was held to 22 yards on a pair of catches.

2006 SEASON

Walter Camp All-American second-team selection…Semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award…Second-team All-Big Ten Conference choice by the league’s media…Winner of UW’s Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation Award…Played in all thirteen games, starting ten contests at tight end…Ranked second in the nation among players at his position for receptions (4.69 rpg) and receiving yards (69.46)…Both totals were good for fourth over-all in the conference…His 61 receptions for 903 yards (14.8 avg) set new school season-records for tight ends…Added five touchdown catches and 19 yards on four carries (4.8 avg)…Had at least one catch in every game and gained over 100 yards receiving in the Northwestern, Minnesota and Buffalo contests.

2006 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

In his first game ever as a tight end, Beckum caught three passes for 49 yards vs. Bowling Green…Gained 53 yards on five grabs vs. Michigan and scored his first career touchdown on a 35-yard toss from John Stocco, as the tight end finished the Indiana contest with four catches for 70 yards…Produced the first 100-yard receiving game of his career, as he gained 107 yards on eight receptions vs. Northwestern…Followed with five grabs for 118 yards and a 4-yard touchdown with 8:52 left in the Minnesota clash…Made four catches for 68 yards vs.; Purdue and pulled down five passes for 76 yards vs. Illinois…Caught eight balls for 70 yards, including a 3-yard score vs. Iowa…Gained 135 yards on five receptions vs. Buffalo…Closed out the year with five catches for 82 yards and a 13-yard touchdown that staked Wisconsin to a 17-14 decision over Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl.

2005 SEASON

Beckum appeared in ten games as a linebacker and defensive end, seeing most of his action on special teams…Recorded a solo tackle behind the line of scrimmage vs. Temple and posted an assisted hit in the Purdue game.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Oak Creek (Milwaukee, Wisc.) High School…Rated the state’s best player and the nation’s sixth-best linebacker by Rivals.com…Ranked among the prep ranks’ top five athletes according to Prep Football Report…Added Super Prep and Parade All-American honors and was named the state’s unanimous Player of the Year as a senior…Ranked seventh on the Detroit Free press’ “Best of the Midwest” list and was selected to play in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl…The two-time All-State selection recorded 108 tackles, including 38 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 16 sacks as a senior…Also had seven interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks in 2004…In addition to earning four letters in football, he earned three more with the Oak Creek basketball team.

PERSONAL

Human Development and Family Studies major…Son of Sandy Dial and Supris Beckum… Born 1/24/87…Resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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