04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: TE: Travis Kelce, Cincinnati, 6-5, 250, 4.64...Kelce signed (and played, at times) with the Bearcats as a quarterback and served as the backup to Adrien Robinson (now a member of the New York Giants) so his only season as Cincinnati's starting tight end was in 2012. As such, he's raw and comes with some baggage as he was suspended for the entire 2010 season. Other than top-rated tight end Tyler Eifert, however, Kelce possesses the most intriguing upside of this year's class, boasting size, athleticism, ball skills and physicality. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/2013 - 2013 Cincinnati Pro Day: Injuries limit certain players at Cincinnati Pro Day...A total of 16 players from Cincinnati worked out at pro day on March 13 along with five others from nearby schools. There were 32 NFL teams represented and the workouts were held indoors on field-turf. Travis Kelce TE (6-5, 258 pounds) - He is not going to work out. He was injured and instead will work out April 4 at Woodward High School in Cincinnati. Florida State defensive lineman Tank Carradine also will take part in that workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
04/08/2013 - Travis Kelce unable to do complete workout after getting sick...Unable to participate in Cincinnati's pro day on March 13 due to a sports hernia, Travis Kelce - one of the top-rated tight ends in the 2013 NFL Draft class - held an individual workout in Cincinnati on Thursday. Kelce, who is the No. 4-rated tight end according to Mike Mayock and the No. 69-rated player in my Hot 100 prospect rankings, worked outdoors on FieldTurf in chilly 43-degree temperatures. There were 12 teams present, including four tight end coaches, and Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and part of his coaching staff.
Kelce (6-foot-5 1/4, 250 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.47 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.12 seconds. Due to the sports hernia injury, I'm told that the scouts on hand didn't think Kelce was in optimum condition for the workout. He got sick after running his 40s, and did not run any routes. He was able to catch passes while in a stationary position during the workout. Kelce - who was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine - was also not able to go through workouts while in Indianapolis. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 13 - Alabama, Cincinnati...Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce, who is the top senior at his position, was forced to sit out the Senior Bowl and the combine due to injury. But he expects to be healthy and ready for the Bearcats pro day, according to his older brother and Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jason Kelce. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/22/2013 - Cincinnati senior tight end Travis Kelce will be sidelined during workouts this week at the 2013 scouting combine in Indianapolis due to an abdominal tear. He suffered the injury last month and was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl. Considered a possible second round pick, Kelce is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 tight end and top senior at the position. On Thursday, he officially measured in at 6-4 7/8" and 255 pounds with 33 3/4" arms and 9 5/8" hands. Kelce is the younger brother of Jason Kelce, who was a sixth round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Kelce led the Bearcats in every receiving category in 2012 with 45 catches for 722 yards and 8 touchdowns, ranking among the nation's leaders in tight end production. He had just 14 catches on his resume entering the season, but used an All-Conference senior year to propel himself into the top-50 discussion of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Kelce is highly rated because of his all-around ability, competing in the trenches as a physical blocker, but also creating as a receiver at all levels of the field. He was expected to run in the 4.6 range in the 40-yard dash and test well, but the abdominal injury could keep him from working out prior to the draft, depending on the severity of the tear. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Travis Kelce showed enough athleticism early in his career to earn time as a Wildcat quarterback before ultimately emerging as one of the more intriguing tight ends in the country for the Cincinnati Bearcats. His 6-5, 250 pound frame and surprising athleticism caught the attention of Senior Bowl scouts, who invited him to Mobile. But a minor injury forced him to give up his spot. A smooth accelerator, he could surprise and help his cause in Indianapolis. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/27/2012 - The Bearcats are 7-6 all-time in bowl games, including last year's 31-24 victory over Vanderbilt in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Cincinnati is bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The switch to Brendon Kay at QB resulted in senior Travis Kelce having one of the best seasons of any tight end in Bearcats history. Kelce, who emerged as Kay's favored receiver, finished with 599 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 15 yards per catch, most coming after first contact. In the regular season finale, Kelce threw a touchdown pass to none other than Kay. Kelce enters the bowl game one touchdown catch shy of Cincinnati's all-time record for a tight end held by Brent Celek (2004). - The Sports Xchange
12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati, Sr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Kelce emerged as one of the top tight ends in the country, leading the Bearcats by hauling in 40 receptions for 599 yards and seven touchdowns, a mark that ranks sixth among all tight ends in the NCAA FBS. - Cincinnati football
12/01/2012 - Brendon Kay threw two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce, and caught one from the big tight end on a trick play as Cincinnati beat Connecticut 34-17 on Saturday. The win gives the Bearcats (9-3) a share of the Big East championship, along with Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse, all of which ended the season with 5-2 conference records. Cincinnati's two conference losses came to the Cardinals and Scarlet Knights and the Bearcats were not in the running for the conference's Bowl Championship Series bowl berth.
Kelce caught five balls for 69 yards and the two scores. Kay completed 19 of his 29 passes for 245 yards and the two scores. Chandler Whitmer threw for 264 yards and a touchdown for UConn (5-7, 2-5), before leaving the game with a head injury in the third quarter. - AP Sports
11/27/2012 - 11/26/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 4. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati...Entering the 2012 season, Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce had just 14 catches to his name. But this year as a senior, he has more than doubled his career total and leads the Bearcats in receiving with 35 receptions for 530 yards and five touchdowns. Kelce, who lines up both on the line of scrimmage and in the slot, looks the part (6-5, 260) and has the athleticism to stretch the field and create after the catch, doing a nice job using his hands to snatch the ball out of the air. He showed his value in Cincinnati's win over South Florida last Friday, especially in the red zone.
Late in the second quarter, Kelce lined up inline and set up to block at the snap, selling to the defense that he was staying home in pass protection. However, once he caught the defender off-balance he swatted past him and released into the end zone, giving his quarterback a wide open target for the touchdown. Kelce, the younger brother of former Bearcat and current Philadelphia Eagles offensive linemen Jason Kelce, has made a strong case to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/14/2012 - Saturday night's game against the Fordham Rams clearly was one No. 21 Cincinnati preferred not to play. Having two Football Championship Subdivision teams on the schedule isn't a desirable situation for any FBS program. But head coach Butch Jones still was expecting much more than the effort put forth by the Bearcats in the first half on Saturday. The Bearcats (5-0) led by just eight points at halftime, but they flipped the switch in the second half and pulled away for a 49-17 victory at Nippert Stadium led by quarterback Munchie Legaux, who threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Deven Drane's 76-yard fumble return for a touchdown started the scoring for Cincinnati, which won its 24th consecutive non-conference home game. Travis Kelce added three catches for 101 yards, including a 78-yard TD, for the Bearcats. Fordham (4-3) stayed close in the first half behind senior QB Ryan Higgins, who finished 30 of 41 for 262 and two TDs. Brian Wetzel had nine catches for 121 yards and a score for the Rams. - The Sports Xchange
06/25/2012 - Top-five Cincinnati prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. TE Travis Kelce (6-5, 255)...Though Cincinnati's tight ends rarely earn the hype of their wideouts, the Bearcats are quietly developing a reputation as a producer of NFL talent at this position. Travis, the younger brother of former Bearcat and current Philadelphia Eagle offensive guard Jason Kelce, looked like a future star while splitting time between tight end and Wildcat quarterback as a freshman but ruined his chances at building on his early momentum by being suspended for the entire 2010 season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Though Adrien Robinson, who was selected in the fourth round this past April by the Super Bowl defending New York Giants, started ahead of Kelce in 2011, Kelce saw significant playing time and actually finished with one more catch (13) than Robinson. Big and athletic, Kelce has the physical talent, bloodlines and opportunity to serve as a security blanket for new starting quarterback Munchie Legaux. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com