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Stan Becton | | February 12, 2023

Travis Kelce: College football career, stats, highlights, records

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Before Travis Kelce became one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history for the Kansas City Chiefs, he learned the position after a transition from quarterback at Cincinnati.

Here's more on Kelce's college career.

The vitals on Travis Kelce

School: Cincinnati
Position: Tight end
Height: 6-6
Weight: 260 pounds
Years active: 2008-12

Here are Kelce's career stats in college.

2008 REDSHIRT - - - - - - - - - -
2009 11 1 3 3.0 0 8 47 2 0 0 0
2010 DNP - - - - - - - - - -
2011 11 13 150 11.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 13 45 722 16.0 8 0 0 0 1 39 1
Career 35 59 875 14.8 10 8 47 2 1 39 1

Kelce, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, signed with Cincinnati over offers that included Akron, Eastern Michigan and more, per 247Sports. Kelce began his collegiate career as a quarterback before switching over to tight end.

What kind of prospect was Kelce in high school?

Kelce was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Kelce was a two-star recruit according to 247Sports, but won All-Lake Erie honors after his senior year playing quarterback. Kelce finished his senior year 103-198 passing for 1,523 yards and 21 touchdowns, rushing for 1,016 yards and 10 touchdowns.

What was Kelce's record in college?

Kelce and Cincinnati finished a combined 32-7 during his three played seasons of his collegiate career. Kelce redshirted during the 2008 season and did not play during the 2010 season because of a violation of team rules. Those seasons are not included in the combined win-loss total. Kelce finished 2-1 in bowl games, losing during his lone appearance in a New Year's Six Bowl (Sugar) in 2009.

Records set by Kelce

Here are some of the notable records and statistical rankings set by Kelce in college:

  • 1st in Cincinnati single-season receiving yards by a tight end (722)

Which awards did Kelce win in college?

Here are the awards and honors Kelce won in college:

  • First-Team All Big-East (2012)

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