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Travis Long, OLB

School: Washington State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Spokane, WA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 243 lbs.
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Latest News
03/16/2013 - 2013 Washington State Pro Day: Representatives from 10 NFL teams gathered at Washington State's pro day on March 7, where nine players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf. Outside linebacker Travis Long - who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine - was the best prospect on hand for the pro day. Long (6-foot-3 3/4, 243 pounds) was unable to work out, however, due to an ACL surgery hed had on Nov. 21. As a senior, Long played the "Buck" end/linebacker hybrid position in the Cougars' 3-4 base defense. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION: LB Travis Long, Sr.,...has been selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season. - Washington State football

10/10/2012 - First-year Washington State coach Mike Leach was critical of his seniors, saying at a news conference earlier this week that some had "an empty-corpse quality." "Some of (the seniors) have been great, and some of them have been very poor," Leach said Monday. "Some of them have had kind of this zombielike, go through the motions, everything is like how it's always been, that's how it'll always be. Some of them quite honestly have an empty-corpse quality. That's not pleasant to say or pleasant to think about, but that's a fact." The Cougars are 2-4 heading into Saturday's home game against Cal. - The Sports Xchange

10/07/2012 - LB Travis Long had another solid game and now has 7.5 sacks for the season and 18.5 for his career to move into seventh on the school's career sacks list.

09/06/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The WSU proved something of a bright spot against BYU, as the Cougars allowed just two field goals in the second half and no points in the fourth quarter. Some of that may have been BYU dialing it down with a big lead. But the WSU defense at least played hard to the end and also kept BYU's running game in check most of the night. BYU's big plays came mostly on blown assignments in pass coverage. That'll be a key for the Cougars this week because EWU likes to flood the secondary with receivers and get rid of the ball quickly to negate pressure. Coverage and sure tackling are keys. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Travis Long was one Cougar who played pretty well against BYU, officially credited with two sacks and five tackles. EWU's quick passing game can make it hard to get to the quarterback but Long will be called on to at least apply consistent pressure. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: One national publication wrote that the Cougars could lead the nation in both points scored and allowed this season. That speaks to the uncertainty over WSU's defense, which is moving to a 3-4 under new coordinator Mike Breske, previously at Montana. The probable starters on the three-man line have just three career starts, for instance. The back seven appears in better shape, especially if senior Travis Long can make the transition from end to "Buck'' linebacker. The secondary returns players at all four spots who have significant starting experience and could be a surprise if it gets any help up front. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Travis Long -- Long was one of WSU's few defensive standouts last season with a team-high 12 tackles for a loss at defensive end. He now moves to a Buck linebacker spot, playing with his hand off the ground. This will be a test to see how well he making that transition. - The Sports Xchange

07/30/2012 - Top-five Washington State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. OLB/DE Travis Long...Having started all 36 possible games of his collegiate career, Long enters the 2012 season as the the Cougars' most experienced and recognizable defender. He's earned all-conference accolades after each of his three seasons, averaging 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks as a defensive end in the team's 4-3 alignment. Long could be in position to make even more plays behind the line of scrimmage this season as a featured pass rusher in the team's new 3-4 alignment. There are concerns, however, as to whether Long truly has the athleticism and flexibility to star in this role. Many of the plays in which he's made over his career have been due to hustle rather than sheer talent. Considering his prior success, Long deserves the benefit of the doubt and will certainly earn plenty of attention from NFL scouts. At this point, however, he's late round or undrafted free agent prospect despite his consistent production against Pac-12 competition. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2012 - Before this week, the last time Mike Leach was at a media day was in 2009 when the then Texas Tech coach proposed a 64-team playoff system. Leach didn't make any wild playoff proposals at his first Pac-12 media day Tuesday, but he did talk about bear hunting partners, Civil War generals and which Pac-12 coach would make the best fishing partner. Leach's media session started on a high note and only got better. Leach was asked by a fan on Twitter to compare QB Jeff Tuel and DE Travis Long to famous generals or military leaders. "I'm more of a Civil War guy of the wars. Let me think here, I would have to say that Jeff would be a little more like Stonewall Jackson. He's not afraid to split the force and attack from different angles." Leach then compared Long to a former president. "Travis is more of a Ulysses S. Grant guy. He's in the trenches and if it requires bombarding for a month, he's fully prepared to do it." - John Breech, CBSSports.com

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Travis Long, DE/OLB, Washington State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Long enters the 2012 season having started all 36 games of his Cougar career. He is a three-time all-conference selection, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2011. Last season he led WSU with four sacks, collected 12 tackles-for-loss, which ranked fifth in the Pac-12, and had 42 total tackles from his defensive end position. - Washington State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Travis Long, Washington State, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. Long, from Spokane, Wash., enters the 2012 season having started all 36 games of his Cougar career. He is a three-time all-conference selection, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2011. Last season he led WSU with four sacks, collected 12 tackles-for-loss, which ranked fifth in the Pac-12, and had 42 total tackles from his defensive end position. - Washington State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Travis Long, LB, Washington State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Long, from Spokane, Wash., enters the 2012 season having started all 36 games of his Cougar career. He is a three-time all-conference selection, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2011. Last season he led WSU with four sacks, collected 12 tackles-for-loss, which ranked fifth in the Pac-12, and had 42 total tackles from his defensive end position. - Washington State football

 
Latest News
03/16/2013 - 2013 Washington State Pro Day: Representatives from 10 NFL teams gathered at Washington State's pro day on March 7, where nine players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf. Outside linebacker Travis Long - who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine - was the best prospect on hand for the pro day. Long (6-foot-3 3/4, 243 pounds) was unable to work out, however, due to an ACL surgery hed had on Nov. 21. As a senior, Long played the "Buck" end/linebacker hybrid position in the Cougars' 3-4 base defense. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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