We've got 45 days until kickoff in Atlanta, Goergia. Today, we will highlight the player who will wear #45—Travis Saxton.
#45, Travis Saxton, RS Senior, LB
Hometown: Star, Idaho
High School: Eagle
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Saxton earned just two varsity football letters at Eagle High, but he definitely made them count—racking up a ridiculous 270 tackles between his junior and senior seasons with 4 INTs and 6 forced fumbles. Saxton was named first team all-state and first team all-conference after earning honorable mention all-conference as a junior. Despite the lofty numbers, Saxton failed to garner any major scholarship offers and walked on to the team and redshirted in 2010.
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As a redshirt sophomore, Saxton appeared in 11 games, primarily seeing action on special teams. The year prior he made four game appearances in 2011, making two tackles. Named special teams scout team player of the week leading up to the 2011 Oregon State game. All-state and all-conference as a senior and honorable mention as junior at Eagle High.
2013 started out extremely promising for the newly awarded scholarship athlete. He made a leap up the depth chart during fall camp and managed to play a decent amount against Washington in the season opener, snagging two tackles along the way. The next game Tennessee-Martin, however, Saxton suffered a season-ending ACL injury. As is football life.
Unfortunately for Saxton, the injury combined with the formation change back to a true 4-2-5 could wreak havoc on his playing chances this year. The injury obviously affected his physical ability to play the game, but it also forced the coaching staff to play true freshman Tanner Vallejo. As we saw, Vallejo came on like gangbusters and will probably start this year
Is he on Twitter?
Yeppers... remember him?
Poor Khalil Mack... Just another person for the raiders to ruin!— Travis Saxton (@sax5thav) May 9, 2014
Completely made up fact
Saxton used the same radioactive ooze that helped create the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in order to heal his injured ACL. Adrian Petersen has had promising results using the same therapy for his injury.