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Travarous Bain

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 182 | College: Hampton
 
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Overview

Bain spent three years with the Miami Hurricanes before deciding it was time to go elsewhere if he wanted an opportunity to play. Buried deep on Miami's depth chart behind Antrell Rolle, Kelly Jennings and Tanard Davis, his decision to leave the major college program proved to be a wise one.

A lean, yet muscular pass defender with impressive size and great leaping ability, Bain quickly earned a starting job upon his arrival at Hampton, manning the left cornerback position for the last 20 games of his collegiate career. He was one of five Hampton players to participate at the 2007 NFL Combine, the most ever sent by a Division 1-AA team to that annual event, and one more than the contingent sent by 1-A powerhouse Southern California.

At Northwestern High School, Bain was a two-sport standout in football and track. He was

rated the No. 36 player overall in Florida by Super Prep, the nation's No. 59 overall prospect and No. 5 defensive back by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, adding All-American honors from that service. The Miami Herald rated him the No. 15 player in the Miami-Dade Top 20 team. He also played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game.

Bain helped lead his team to the state championship game against Apopka High with a 13-2 record in 2001. He had 11 interceptions over his last two seasons (seven as a junior, four as a senior) and was credited with 34 tackles as a senior. In track, he competed at the USATF Junior National Championships two years and clocked a personal best of 10.58 seconds in the 100-meter dash. He earned two Foot Locker All-American honors in track and ran on the state record 4x200-meter relay unit. An excellent student, Bain was named to the Honor Roll three times.

Playing defensive back is in his blood, as his father, Tolbert (1984-87), was a defensive back at the University of Miami. Travarous decided to follow his father and enroll at Miami in 2002, choosing the school over scholarship offers from Florida, North Carolina State and Arkansas.

After redshirting in 2002, Bain saw limited action on special teams for the Hurricanes in 2003, making one solo tackle. He also lettered on the track team, competing in the 55-meter, 60-meters and 200-meters during the indoor season, and the 100-meters, 200-meters and 4x100 meter relay during the outdoor season. He was the Hurricanes' top-ranked 200-meter runner during the indoor season.

In 2004, Bain was listed third on the depth chart at right cornerback, making two solo tackles in eight contests. In track, he qualified for the Big East Conference Championships in both the 100-meters and 200-meters. He recorded a team season-best time of 21.69 seconds in the 200-meters during the outdoor season. With Jennings and Marcus Maxey firmly entrenched as Miami's cornerback tandem, Bain decided to transfer before the 2005 season.

He enrolled at Hampton, started the final eight games of the nine contests he played in, but missed the first three games due to a right shoulder sprain. He collected 28 tackles (13 solos) with an interception and 13 pass deflections. He also averaged 26.5 yards on eight kickoff returns as a junior, earning All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference honors.

Bain was again named to the All-MEAC team in 2006. He started all 12 games at left cornerback and was in on 19 tackles (14 solos), assisting on a stop behind the line of scrimmage. He caused one fumble and batted away six passes. He also gained 65 yards on five interception returns.

In two collegiate stops, Bain started 20 of 36 games he appeared in. He managed just 50 tackles (30 solos) with an assisted stop for a two-yard loss and a forced fumble. He knocked down 19 passes and intercepted six others for 137 yards in returns (22.8 avg). He also returned eight kickoffs for 212 yards (26.5 avg) with a long of 72.

Analysis

Positives: Has a lean, but muscular frame with tapered thighs and calves (built more in the line of a sprinter) … Solid coverage defender with the quickness, loose hips and mirror agility to stay with his man throughout the route … Efficient in press coverage, keeping his arms extended in attempts to reroute … Highly competitive in man coverage, as he takes pride in his ability to stay tight on the receiver and run stride-for-stride with the target in the open field … Shows good field vision and alertness, as he is not the type who will bite on pump fakes and misdirection … Has a good feel for route progression and will diagnose the play with no hesitation … Has outstanding acceleration and the closing burst to recover on extended routes … Smooth in his movements and has the ability to plant-and-drive without having to gather or take false steps … Shows good hip snap in his backpedal, but needs to improve his stance, as he sometimes takes too long coming out of his breaks … Still, he is fluid in transition … His plant-and-drive agility is evident by the way he cuts back on hooks and slants, as he shows good flexibility getting in front of the receiver to break up the pass … Has the natural anticipation skills to make plays in front of him … Shows very good body flexibility extending for the ball at its highest point and has no problems running with the receiver or playing in a trail technique … Can snatch or pluck the high tosses and shows adequate ability to secure the ball on the interception … Shows good explosion coming out of his breaks and the range to chase down balls at the opposite end of the field … With his speed, he could be a decent emergency fill-in as a kickoff returner.

Negatives: Has a lean frame with marginal strength, evident by his inability to lend any type of run support … Gets pushed around too much when playing inside the box and is a marginal tackler who will duck his head or throw a shoulder, but fails to wrap and secure (only 50 tackles in four seasons) … Adequate at fielding the ball and is not a natural hands catcher, as he lets the ball absorb into his frame (has the leaping ability to compete for the ball at its high point, but does not extend and grab with his fingers well) … His backpedal needs restructuring, as he either takes a staggered stance or will revert to bailing and shuffling with a tilted stance, getting his base too wide to recover at times … Has a much better feel for the ball in flight in man coverage than when playing the zone … Goes low too often and misses with too many of his lunges when asked to make open-field tackles … He is simply not a big contact type, and is more of a marginal striker who hangs on for dear life until help arrives … Seems passive at times delivering the hit and while he likes to play the press, he lacks any hand strength to impede the route's progression … When playing in the box, he is quickly absorbed by the bigger blockers due to his inability to use his hands in attempts to shed … Had five interceptions in 2006, but five more of his pass deflections were certain interceptions if he did not try to double catch the ball.

Compares To: ANTONIO CROMARTIE-San Diego … Like Cromartie, there is no questioning Bain's ability to cover the receiver. What he lacks is hitting ability, as he tends to shy away from contact and prefers to play the ball more than the man. Since he lacks natural hands, he might find limited opportunities to get to the ball at the next level. But, unless he improves his strength, refines his backpedal and starts showing some courage as a tackler, it is boom or bust for Bain.

Career Notes

Bain's five interceptions in 2006 were the most by a Hampton player in a season since Melvin Crawford's eight in 1992.

2006 Season

All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference first-team selection … Started all twelve games at left cornerback … Recorded nineteen tackles (14 solos) with an assisted stop for a 2-yard loss and a forced fumble … Deflected six passes and intercepted five others for 65 yards in returns (13.0 avg) … Leader of a secondary that ranked third in the nation in pass defense, allowing only 135.92 yards per game and ranked fifth nationally with a 97.56 passing efficiency defense.

2006 Game Analysis

Grambling State … Opened the season with three tackles (2 solos) and a pair of pass break-ups, but saw Clyde Edwards slip past him to snatch an 11-yard scoring pass with 6:38 left in the first quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#5-Clyde Edwards-Six catches for 36 yards and one touchdown.

Howard … Followed with four solo tackles … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-Arlandus Hood-One catch for 3 yards.

North Carolina A&T … Batted away two passes and intercepted two others … Picked off a Herbert Miller pass at the NCAT 46 for a 19-yard return, as a late hit on Bain by an A&T player saw the refs tack on a 13-yard personal foul penalty, setting up Hampton's 10-yard scoring strike from Princeton Shepherd to Onrea Jones with 11:06 remaining in the second quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#3-Chaz Dawson-No receptions.

Morgan State … Followed with a 17-yard interception return of a third-&-7 toss by Mario Melton, setting up a 6-yard touchdown toss from Princeton Shepherd to Onrea Jones in the second quarter, but with 0:03 left in the first half, Bain was beaten by Rodrick Wolfe on a 5-yard scoring lob from QB Byron Selby … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#14-Rodrick Wolfe-Three catches for 30 yards and one touchdown.

Delaware State … Made three tackles, assisting on stopping Emmanuel Marc for a 1-yard loss on a first quarter screen pass … In the fourth quarter, Bain intercepted a Vashon Winton pass at the DSU 30 for a 29-yard return that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by tailback Alonzo Coleman with 3:32 left in the game … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#85-Dennis Savedge-Three catches for 27 yards.

Central State (Oh.) … Managed just one assisted tackle … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Joseph Benkings-No catches.

Norfolk State … His only statistics came on a pass deflection … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#11-James Callahan-Six catches for 73 yards.

South Carolina State … Stopped DeShawn Baker for a 2-yard loss near midfield on a rushing attempt at the start of the second quarter and had a season-high five tackles (4 solos).

Winston-Salem State … Did nor record any tackles, but intercepted a Monte Purvis third-&-6 pass in the end zone for a touchback midway through the second quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#8-Brad Herrings-One catch for 15 yards.

Bethune-Cookman … Posted two tackles and a pass deflection … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#19-Victor Johnson-Two catches for 19 yards.

Florida A&M … Followed with one solo tackle … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#7-Roosevelt Kiser-One catch for 17 yards.

New Hampshire (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs) … Bain's final college game was a long one, as All-American receiver, David Ball, had touchdown grabs of 15 & 7 yards in the second quarter and Bain managed only one solo tackle … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#3-David Ball-Five catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

2005 Season

Appeared in nine games on the year, starting the final eight at left cornerback … Named first-team All-MEAC after leading the conference and ranking fourth in the NCAA Division I-AA ranks in passes defended with 1.56 per game … Deflected a total of thirteen passes and intercepted another for a 72-yard return … Recorded 28 tackles (13 solos) and gained 212 yards on eight kickoff returns (26.5 avg) … Missed the first three regular season games vs. Jackson State, Howard and North Carolina A&T with a right shoulder sprain (AC joint).

2005 Game Analysis

Made his Hampton debut vs. Morgan State at the New York Urban League Classic, coming up with a solo tackle and two pass break-ups … Deflected two passes and had a pair of tackles vs. Delaware State … Posted three tackles with two deflected passes and returned an interception 72 yards … Had a season-high three pass deflections and a solo tackle vs. Norfolk State … Delivered five tackles and a pass break-up in the Florida A&M clash … Made another five tackles and returned a kickoff 51 yards vs. Savannah State … Totaled seven tackles vs. Richmond in the opening round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

2004 Season

Listed third on the depth chart at Miami, Bain was limited to two tackles in eight games (wore jersey #21).

2003 Season

Bain saw minimal action on special teams at Miami … Appeared in seven games, making just one tackle vs. Florida.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2005: Missed the first three regular season games vs. Jackson State, Howard and North Carolina A&T with a right shoulder sprain (AC joint).

2007: Could not complete agility tests at the Combine due to turf toe.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.45 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 4.46 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 245-pound bench press … 465-pound squat … 260-pound power clean … 11.42 60-yard shuttle … 31 1/2-inch arm length … 9 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 8/22 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.48 in the 40-yard dash … 1.56 10-yard dash … 2.62 20-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 10 times.

Track

Lettered once in track at Hampton and twice at Miami … 2006 Season … At Hampton, Bain finished fourth in the 100-meter dash at the 2006 MEAC Championships with a time of 10.76 and ran on the second place 4x100 meter relay team … 2005 Season … Did not compete in track … 2004 Season … At Miami, Bain competed in the 55-meters and 200-meters during the indoor season and the 100-meters, 200-meters, and 4x100-meter relay during the outdoor season … Qualified for the Big East Championships in both the 100-meters and 200-meters … Recorded a team season-best time of 21.69 second in the 200-meters during the outdoor season … Member of the 4x100-meter relay that placed third at the Big East Championships and qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships …

2003 Season … At Miami, he competed in the 55-meter, 60-meters and 200-meters during the indoor season and the 100-meters, 200-meters, and 4x100 meter relay during the outdoor season … Was the Hurricanes' top ranked 200-meter runner during the indoor season … Finished third in the 60-meters (6.83) and finished fifth in the 200-meters (21.93) at the Big East Indoor Championships … Finished seventh in the 100-meters with a time of 15.15 at the Big East Outdoor Championships … Finished first in the 200-meters at the Maryland Invitational (1-25-03) with a time of 22.02 … Member of the 4x100-meter relay that recorded a UM season-best mark of 40.29 seconds in the preliminaries of the NCAA East Regional Championships in Fairfax, Virginia.

High School

Attended Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Billy Rolle … Two-sport standout in football and track … Rated the No. 36 player overall in Florida by Super Prep, the nation's No. 59 overall prospect and No. 5 defensive back by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, adding All-American honors from that service … The Miami Herald rated him the No. 15 player in the Miami-Dade Top 20 squad … Played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game … Helped lead his team to the state championship game vs. Apopka High with a 13-2 record in 2001 … Had 11 interceptions over his last two seasons (seven as a junior, four as a senior) and was credited with 34 tackles as a senior … In track, he competed at the USATF Junior National Championships two years and clocked a personal best of 10.58 seconds in the 100-meter dash … Earned two Foot Locker All-American honors in track and ran on the state record 4x200-meter relay unit … An excellent student, Bain was named to the Honor Roll three times.

Personal

Liberal Arts major … Son of Gwen Tulloch and Tolbert Bain … Father was a defensive back for the Miami Hurricanes from 1984-87 and was a member of the 1987 national championship team … Born 10/15/83 … Resides in Miami, Florida.

 
 

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