"I want to show I'm talented at what an offensive lineman does," Frederick said. "It's not that often you see an offensive lineman running 40 yards down the field, unless your running back scored, in which case you can trot down the field. "But I was just trying to show them the things that are important for us." Frederick said his time in the first 10 yards of the 40-yard dash at the combine was acceptable and he thought it showed what kind of athlete he is. - Tom Silverstein, The Journal Sentinel
03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro day: Even though former University of Wisconsin center Travis Frederick posted a subpar 40 time and bench press at the combine, he felt confident enough in his own abilities not to try and improve on either performance at the Badgers' pro day. Frederick ran the 40 in 5.58 seconds, tied for second-slowest among the 48 offensive linemen at the combine. He also was below average on the bench press, with 21 repetitions of 225 pounds.
But he didn't sound concerned with either of those numbers and only took part in position drills at the McClain Center on Wednesday with representatives from 30 of 32 NFL teams present. "I was just trying to do the things that are important for us (linemen) and wanted to show I'm good at those things," Frederick said. "I think what's important is being able to do the drills and show you're athletic, and your game film and everything like that. - Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal
03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro day: Running a slow 40 doesn't necessarily mean you're not that good of an offensive lineman, it just means that you don't run a good 40...I certainly don't run a fast 40." As for the bench press, the UW program does not train for a high number of reps, which has led to poor results for some of its linemen entering the draft. "I think 21 is a respectable number," Frederick said not doing the bench press. "It may not be where I thought I needed to be. But here at Wisconsin, we don't do reps, we go out to be as strong as we can on game day. We do a lot of low-rep stuff. I think I'm pretty good at that." The UW program also emphasizes functional strength and was known for doing creative workouts under former strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert. "Some people believe in it more than others," Frederick said of the bench press. "I know myself, my one-rep max and my functional strength are much higher." - Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal
03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: Travis Frederick, C (6-3 5/8, 316) - Frederick stood on his numbers from the combine. Frederick's versatility on the offensive line - he has started at both guard and center, and performed at a high level in doing so - makes him a desirable pro prospect. Both Wagner and Frederick were worked out in the position drills by Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/04/2013 - "Over the past month, I have faced one of the toughest decisions in my life. Though it has been a long and difficult decision making process, I have decided to forgo my final season as a Badger to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
The decision that I have made has not been easy, and I assure you it has not been made in haste. First, as many of you know, academics are very important to me. I wanted to make sure that I would be able to graduate with a degree from the University of Wisconsin. I am happy to say that I am set to graduate in the spring with a degree in Computer Engineering.
Next, I asked myself if I believed I was ready to take such a large leap in the game of football. I have been incredibly lucky to have played under some great coaches and played with some great players. They have prepared me with the skills, techniques, and football IQ that I believe I need to be successful at the next level.
Lastly, I wondered if I was prepared to make such a huge step in my life. This year has taught me to handle adversity and always take life as a learning experience. I have grown as a person through its struggles and triumphs. Because of this, I feel ready to take this step." - Travis Frederick, Wisconsin football
01/04/2013 - Wisconsin junior center Travis Frederick announced Friday that he will forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He wrote a letter to Wisconsin fans to explain his decision and express his gratitude. "Over the past month, I have faced one of the toughest decisions in my life," Frederick said in the letter. "Though it has been a long and difficult decision-making process, I have decided to forgo my final season as a Badger to enter the 2013 NFL Draft."
Frederick ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 center for April's draft, projecting as a top-64 pick. Last year, Wisconsin center Peter Konz declared early for the NFL Draft and was selected 55th overall in the second round. "I have also studied the game of football under three offensive line coaches that have each taught me different techniques and concepts that have molded me into the player I am today," Frederick said.
Listed at 6-4 and 338 pounds, Frederick started 31 games at Wisconsin, seeing time at both center and guard. After starting mostly at left guard as a freshman and sophomore, he started all 14 games at center for the Big Ten champion Badgers in 2012 and earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors. A high-character prospect, Frederick has plus intangibles, strength and versatility, flashing the IQ and technique to start immediately in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Travis Frederick, Wisconsin, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Wisconsin football
12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Wisconsin football
09/11/2012 - STILL NEEDS WORK: The Wisconsin offensive line showed some signs of concern in the loss to Oregon State. Left tackle Ricky Wagner, a top Outland Trophy candidate, struggled opening up holes. Wisconsin averaged 3.3 yards per rushing attempt, with Montee Ball finishing with a paltry 61 yards. QUOTE TO NOTE: "The one positive is in all of this is that our guys did not stop fighting and, if we get that, we have a chance to tie or win the game. We fought until the last second and felt good about it." -- Wisconsin quarterback Danny O'Brien. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2012 - Top-five Wisconsin prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. C Travis Frederick...With Kevin Zeitler and Peter Konz gone to the NFL, Frederick (pictured above) is the lone returning member of the Badgers interior offensive line in 2012. And Frederick, who will move from left guard to center as a junior this season, could end up being the best of the three. Despite being only a two-star recruit out of Big Foot high school in Wisconsin, he impressed the Badgers' coaching staff during a summer camp and earned a scholarship offer. Frederick became the first true freshman offensive lineman to start the season opener in school history, starting four games (two at center, two at left guard) in 2009. After redshirting in 2010, he started 13 games as a sophomore last season, 11 games at left guard before moving inside to center for the final two contests, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Frederick has been lauded by the coaching staff for his football IQ and overall intelligence to recognize what the defense is doing and keep the offensive line organized. Up to almost 340-pounds, he has added power and bulk to his frame, but still carries his weight well. Frederick isn't an elite athlete and looks a bit stiff in his hips, but shows enough mobility to get block in space and demolish defenders in his path. Even with Montee Ball on the roster, Frederick might be the most important player on the Badgers' offense this season as he leads an inexperienced offensive line. And although he still has two years of eligibility remaining, he projects as an early round pick with his size, strength and smarts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Travis Frederick, C/G, Wisconsin, 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. Frederick started 13 games for the Badgers as a sophomore in 2011, including 11 at left guard and a pair at center in place of injured teammate Peter Konz. With Konz joining the Atlanta Falcons as a second-round NFL draft pick, Frederick will move to the center role for the Badgers full time in 2012. The Sharon, Wis., native was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten pick last season after redshirting the 2010 campaign. Frederick became the first true freshman in school history to start a season-opener on the offensive line when he snapped as the Badgers' center against Northern Illinois in 2009. - Wisconsin football
07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Travis Frederick, Wisconsin, C, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Frederick started 13 games for the Badgers as a sophomore in 2011, including 11 at left guard and a pair at center in place of injured teammate Peter Konz. With Konz joining the Atlanta Falcons as a second-round NFL draft pick, Frederick will move to the center role for the Badgers full time in 2012. The Sharon, Wis., native was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten pick last season after redshirting the 2010 campaign. Frederick became the first true freshman in school history to start a season-opener on the offensive line when he snapped as the Badgers' center against Northern Illinois in 2009. - Wisconsin football
07/10/2012 - 2012 RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Travis Frederick, Wisconsin, Junior, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the The Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Frederick started 13 games for the Badgers last season, including 11 at left guard and a pair at center, filling in for injured teammate Peter Konz. With Konz joining the Atlanta Falcons as a second-round NFL draft pick, Frederick will move to the center role for the Badgers full time in 2012. The Sharon, Wis., native was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten pick last season after redshirting the 2010 campaign. Frederick became the first true freshman in school history to start a season-opener on the offensive line when he snapped as the Badgers' center against Northern Illinois in 2009. He went on to start four games as a rookie and has 18 games under his belt heading into his third season on the field. Frederick is among six Big Ten players among the 51 on the watch list, a total that ranks second only to the SEC's 10 candidates. - Wisconsin football