Continued on-the-field development and growing strength numbers has solidified placement on the offensive line's two-deep entering junior year ... Will be counted on to open season as D.J. Scott's top backup at the right tackle position again but coaches feel significant playing time could be increased in 2009 ... A program-type athlete who appears well-versed in schematic aspects of position ... Played integral role on special teams a year ago and will likely be a primary contributor again this season ... Has used strength program to full benefit, adding over 25 pounds in three calendar years.
2008: Opened two of seven games played as a reserve offensive lineman and special teams member ... Made starts against Virginia (left tackle) and Marshall (right tackle) ... Sat out the first four contests before experiencing first action of the season against Houston ... Also played in two of the last three games - vs. UTEP and Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... In all, participated in a total of 84 snaps and was credited with 4.0 knockdown blocks ... Opened campaign as a member of the two-deep behind Stanley Bryant at left tackle ... Contributed all four knockdowns in back-to-back games vs. Houston (two) and Virginia (two) ... Logged a career-high 32 plays vs. Cavaliers before following with 17 vs. UCF ... Other active game of note was a 16-snap effort vs. Cougars in initial appearance of season.
2007: Redshirt freshman who experienced action in four games (Houston, UAB, Memphis, Tulane) as a reserve ... Booked 28 snaps from scrimmage ... Made collegiate debut at Houston, participating in five plays ... Contributed a season-high 16 snaps in home win vs. UAB before following up with five at Marshall and two vs. Tulane in regular season finale.
2006: Redshirted ... Turned in stellar effort as a member of the offensive scout team, earning the Rick Bankston Memorial Award (symbolizing service as the most outstanding scout team player) ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2006.
High School: A two-year starter on the offensive line for Cape Fear High School ... Selected to the All-Two Rivers Conference (first-team) as a senior ... Also garnered honors as a member of the Fayetteville Observer All-Cape Fear Region squad ... Elected as the Colts' team captain in 2005 ... In all, earned three football letters ... Earned post-season accolades despite suffering a foot injury which ended his prep career prematurely ... Coach was Mark Heil.
Personal: Full name is Travis Antonio Melvin ... Born May 1, 1988 at Columbia, S.C. ... Major is communications ... Has athletic bloodlines as father Keith played high school basketball while brother Rodney played collegiate basketball at UNC Pembroke ... Lists basketball, fishing and hunting as favorite hobbies ... Earned selection to the 2006-07 ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.