Travis Frederick

Travis Frederick

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Frederick in 2016
No. 72Dallas Cowboys
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-18) March 18, 1991
Place of birth: Sharon, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 318 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school: Walworth (WI) Big Foot
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2016
Games played: 57
Games started: 57
Player stats at

Travis Frederick (born March 18, 1991) is an American football center for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin and was drafted 31st overall by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years

A native of Sharon, Wisconsin, Frederick attended Big Foot High School in Walworth, Wisconsin, where he was an all-state two-way lineman. He helped his high school team to second place in the 2008 WIAA Division 4 state playoffs.[1]

Frederick was also on Big Foot's track team. He finished second in the shot put at the 2008 'BDN' Invite, with a throw of 15.23 meters (49 ft, 11 in). He took silver second in the discus throw at the 2008 WIAA Sectional Championships, with a throw of 49.30 meters (161 ft, 10 in).[2]


Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Frederick was ranked as the No. 83 offensive tackle prospect in his class.[3]

College career

Frederick attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2009 to 2012. After graduating high school early to participate in spring practice, Frederick became the first true freshman in Badgers history to start a season-opening game on the offensive line, when he lined up at center against Northern Illinois. An ankle injury in Week 2 knocked him out of the starting lineup, but he returned for the final two games, at left guard, after center Peter Konz was sidelined (blood clots) and John Moffitt was moved to center. For the season, he played in five games, starting four (two at center and two at left guard).

In order to preserve a year of Frederick's NCAA eligibility, Wisconsin coaching staff decided to redshirt him in 2010.[4] In his redshirt sophomore season, Frederick replaced John Moffitt, starting 11 of 13 games at left guard. For two games, he had to substitute for Peter Konz at center.

Following Konz's departure for the 2012 NFL Draft, Frederick was moved to center his junior season. He started all 13 games at center and was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly.[5]

Professional career

2013 NFL Draft

Considered the No. 1 center in his class by Mel Kiper, Jr. of ESPN, Frederick decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft as an underclassman.[6] He was projected to be a second-to-third round selection.

At the NFL Combine, Frederick ran a 5.58 in the 40 yard dash, second-slowest among offensive lineman.[7] He also posted a below-average 21 repetitions in the 225-lb bench press.[8][9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 12 in 312 lb33 in10 in 5.58 s 1.91 s 3.14 s 4.76 s 7.81 s 28 12 in 8 ft 1 in 21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[10][11]

Dallas Cowboys

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys traded down in the first round with the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a third round pick (used to draft Terrance Williams). In the first round the team selected Frederick after eight offensive linemen were drafted before him. This decision caused a stir in the media because it was not only seen as a reach, but the trade was also criticized for bringing poor compensation after moving down 13 positions.[12]

Frederick was named a starter from the first day of Organized Team Activities in the preseason, replacing Phil Costa, who had been the starter in the previous two years. He became the first rookie in franchise history to start every game at center and was selected to the NFL All-Rookie team.[13] The next year he continued his development, by anchoring what was arguably considered as the best offensive line in the league and was also named to his first Pro Bowl.

In 2015, he had to work with 4 different starting quarterbacks with varying degrees of knowledge of the team's offense, which required him to make more protection calls and still perform at a Pro Bowl level.

Personal life

Frederick is also known for his smarts off the football field. He double majored in computer engineering and computer science at the University of Wisconsin.[14]


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