e are working our way down to 70, stopping at 73 today to keeps tabs on Travis Averill.
#73, Travis Averill, RS Junior OL
Weight: 302 lbs
High School: Servite High School, Anaheim, CA
How'd he get to the Blue™?
By generally being a beast in all things O-line. He lettered 3 times in football, earning first-team All-Trinity League, All-CIF, first-team al-county and third-team all-state as a junior. He capped off a stellar high school career by being named Trinity League Offensive Lineman of the year, first team all-league, first-team All-CIF, first-team all-county and second-team all-state as a senior. Listed as a 3-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports, he received offers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State, but ultimately committed to the good guys on July 5th, 2011.
While Averillanche is his REAL nickname, becoming a dad is a pretty big deal, so I feel like we can substitute this year. Being the big, gentle guy that he is, he should have no problem filling the role of Papa Bear for his new family. Congrats to Travis and his girlfriend on their beautiful baby boy!
Just imagine he is the O-line version of Ryan Reynolds.
His banner year was 2014, starting all 14 games. It was a year in which the O-line helped lead the Mountain West in total offense (29th) and scoring offense (9th) in the nation. He played 9 games, starting 3 at right tackle, as a freshman in 2013. He made the 2013 Academic all-Mountain West team as well.
By all accounts, the left guard spot is Averill’s to lose. And I’m going to be honest, I don’t know who the backup LG is either. I do know we have a lot of young talent on the team, and our OL has been great for a while. I see no reason to believe that they won’t stay that way after losing exactly zero players from the line. Henry and Odhiambo enter their last seasons along with backup Jerhen Ertel. Mario Yakoo (RG) and Steven Baggett (RT) enter their junior seasons along with Averill. It’s safe to say that the coaches have done a good job recruiting each season so we aren’t losing a ton of talent off the line each year, allowing younger players like Andrew Tercek, Garrett Larson, Eli McCullough, John Molchon, Andres Preciado, Eric Quevedo and Tennessee Su’esu’e to get a great handle on the Bronco system. In case you weren’t aware, that system is running all over people.
Is he on Twitter?
Yes indeedy he is! He is quite the retweeter, but he did have a nice exchange with Cody Fajardo last year.
@CodyFajardo17 that was probably the coolest thing I've ever done!!!!— travis averill (@TravisAverill) October 18, 2014
Completely made up fact
While Travis is a physically imposing specimen, he is incredibly detail oriented, especially in the kitchen. He is a decorated chef in his hometown of Anaheim where he hosts a cooking show in his parents basement when he visits. It’s a show dedicated to cooking various meats, though mostly pork, titled "Hands Off My Bacon". He has not pitched to the Cooking Channel yet.