Travis Long Signs with Philadelphia Eagles

Sun, 04 Aug 2013
By Mike Kaye

With Jason Phillips heading to the injured reserve, the Eagles have added a new linebacker to the team's roster. Undrafted free agent Travis Long has been signed to add depth to the Eagles' outside linebacker group. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound pass rusher was a decorated college defender and was a starter during his entire career at Washington State (47 games).

A hybrid linebacker with similar skills to Ryan Kerrigan, Long has experience in both odd and even fronts. In his first two seasons with the Cougars, Long was an honorable mention for the All-Pacific-10 Conference and won the Leon Bender (WSU Defensive Lineman of the Year) award as a sophomore. He was named to the Second-Team All-Pacific-10 in his junior and senior years, as well as Laurie Niemi (Cougar Attitude) award in his final season. During his four-year career at Washington State, Long compiled 201 tackles, 20.5 sacks (9.5 sacks as a senior) and 42 tackles for loss.

Long went undrafted in April largely due to an ACL tear that he suffered last November. He was unable to participate at the Cougars' Pro Day and is likely still recovering from surgery. The biggest obstacle for Long is his durability in a training camp that has already seen two players suffer the second ACL tears of their respective careers. However, at just 22-years old (birthday was last Wednesday), Long has little tread on his tires.

See Travis' interview after his first day as an Eagle:
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Road to Recovery Complete

Mon, 22 Jul 2013

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Travis eyes NFL Training Camp 2013 #NFLBOUND

Tue, 18 Jun 2013

Fully recovered from his ACL injury well before anticipated, Travis Long is ready to strike fear into opposing quarterbacks on Sundays. Here is a clip from a recent training session.
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Travis Long is #MREVERYWHERE

Tue, 26 Mar 2013

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Travis Long Slated to be a Draft Day Gem

Mon, 04 Mar 2013
By: Rigel Spikes

Travis Long is a 6’4″, 245 pound Linebacker from the Washington State Cougars. His hometown is Spokane, Washington, and he went to high school at Gonzaga Prep. He was born Travis Marshall Long at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, and as such, is the son of military (Navy) parents. He committed to WSU on Christmas Day of 2008 to Defensive Coordinator Chris Ball.

The phone rang at the Ball’s home while Chris’ wife Tandi shot him a dirty look so as to not interupt the Christmas Day festivities. Upon seeing the caller ID and recognizing it was Travis Long calling, Tandi decided for her husband: “You better take it”. That’s the kind of reputation Travis had coming out of high school… but as a tight end.

The young Cougar took AP classes and garnered a 3.97 GPA. His Coach Dave McKenna is quoted as saying “He’s truly the all-around package. I have a daughter, and he’s the guy you want her to date”. Additionally, Ball had this to say about Long: “I’ve got a son, and if he grows up like Travis Long, it means I’ve done well as a father.”

Having converted to defensive end his freshman year, Travis is one of only four linebackers with 2013 NFL Draft declarations to have garnered 20-plus sacks in his collegiate career. He joins Jarvis Jones, Trevardo Williams, and Jamie Collins as the only ones to establish this feat. Additionally, he ended his college career with 42 tackles for loss.

Travis ends his Cougar career as their #6 all-time in sacks, #4 all-time in tackles-for-loss, and four all-conference accolades. He led the Cougars in tackles-for-loss all four of his years and led them in sacks the past three seasons. He’s only missed one game in his career due to a knee injury (last game of the 2012 season), and he suffered a torn labrum which required surgery after the 2011 season.

As far as the knee is concerned, he should be fine… but teams will look for any lingering issues at his Pro Day (he didn’t get a Combine invitation). Additionally, Travis has shown no issues with his formerly torn labrum. If anything, he’s only gotten better post-surgery as his 2012 stats would indicate.

With experience at both defensive end and linebacker, Travis is most versatile. However, he’ll have to put on more muscle to play defensive end full-time at the next level, and he’ll have to demonstrate that his knee injury hasn’t robbed him of his 4.76 40-speed at his Pro Day (scheduled for 3/7/13).

As a senior, Travis was selected team captain a team-best 10 times. Known for having a… wait for it… “high-motor”, Travis Long is the type of high-character player one WANTS on their team. He’s a quiet leader of men, let’s his actions speak louder than his words, and is one whom I call a “PRODUCER”. In my honest opinion, this is a QUALITY individual who could pay dividends for YEARS to come given time.

He’s currently projected to be a 5th-6th round pick and has played in both the 4-3 (DE) and 3-4 (OLB) defenses. This is the kind of late day pick that may become a gem. Travis has been compared to both Koa Misi and Kroy Biermann. I would compare him more favorably being he’s an aggressive pass-rusher.
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Travis Long Eyes NFL Draft

Thu, 28 Feb 2013

In football, nothing is promised and everything is earned. Travis Long has been the epitome of work ethic and altruism throughout his great career at Washington State University.

In mid-November, prior to his last game as a Cougar, Long was slated as a 2nd-4th round pick when everything took an unexpected twist. Long had torn his ACL before the coveted Apple Cup game against the UW Huskies. Naturally, this would have the critics talking and his draft stock took a hit. But this did not deter Travis. Travis' work ethic is never dictated by the scoreboard or what other people say.

Travis did not wine or complain, but instead created a strategic plan. He has been working with the experienced and resourceful WSU Physical Therapy Department to make a return as fast as possible. According to his doctors, Travis has no atrophy and is nearing 100%. Starting March, Travis will take his training to the Proactive Sports Performance Institute in California and personally work with Ryan Capretta on all aspects of his athleticism in addition to specific position-specific coaching.

Travis has kept focused throughout this testing period and is primed to be running at 100% well before NFL Training Camp. Until that moment comes, Travis will work on the only things within his control, his game.
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Q&A with Travis Long

Thu, 28 Feb 2013

What's playing right now on your iPod? The Dean’s List

Coolest thing you own? Ipad Mini

What would you be if you weren't a football player? Utilizing my business degree

Favorite Food? Sella’s Calzones in Pullman. Was their everyday during Freshman year

Favorite TV Show? Modern Family, The Office

Your Heroes? My Uncle Chris Snyder

Guilty Pleasure?
Watching Nashville
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