Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Travon Jones: My greatest strengths are my vision and as a RB I think that is a huge thing to have. I also have great speed and ability to cut back and make big plays.
Scott Porter: A lot of people may not have heard from you being from a smaller college, tell them who Travon Jones is and what he brings to the table.
Travon Jones: I am Travon Jones from Fresno, California. Coming out of high school I was highly recruited. I had signed a letter of intent at Washington State, but had some adversity, had to go to a JUCO then went to Sacramento State. Was named All-American and made the Big Sky team. I won newcomer of the year and did big things there. Then I ran into academic issues, so I was dismissed from there and went down a level to play football and get my degree. I put up nice numbers and started getting attention from scouts.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Travon Jones: My goals for the NFL are to of course make a 53 man roster. Win a Super Bowl. I’d like to make the pro bowl and be considered one of the best to ever play. I want to have my named remembered like my idols Barry Sanders and Deion Sanders. My biggest goal is to be the best player I can and fulfill my dream of playing at the highest level.
Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL who you think is similar to you?
Travon Jones: The first guy who comes to mind is Darren Sproles of the Saints. We have a lot of similar attributes that we bring to a team. I really model my game after Darren. The reason why is that he is good in the return game, he has great hands and is great in open space. He runs around and through tackles. That is pretty much who I see myself as and model my game after.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Travon Jones: Showcasing my talent. Being on a team who utilizes me the right way. I am looking forward to contributing to a team and their success. I just want the opportunity, wherever they want me to make an impact I am looking forward to stepping up. I am ready for this challenge and playing at the highest level and proving myself.
Scott Porter: What kind of person is an NFL team getting in Travon Jones?
Travon Jones: They are getting a person and a player who is team first. I will represent an organization to the fullest. Whatever team gets me will be proud and will be happy with the way I represent that organization. I am self motivated. I have a lot of ambition and I am determined. They are getting a natural born leader.
Scott Porter: How did you get interested in the sport of football and at what age?
Travon Jones: This is a good topic. I have an older brother who played varsity four years. He was captain of his team. He was Mr. Everything. So watching him, watching his games, his practices and watching him compete opened up my eyes. I saw him and thought wow, I want to give this a shot. When I was in 3rd grade my PE teacher encouraged me to play. He saw my speed. I tried out in 5th grade and was cut. It wasn’t because of my talent but rather because of my size. From that day forward I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to let my size hold me back from the game I loved. I told myself if size was the issue that is nothing. I can fix that. I got bigger and worked harder. Next year, I made the team and the rest was history. Got into college and worked harder. My brother always told me if I wanted to play football I had to wear that “S” on my chest, so I have always worn a superman shirt underneath my jersey since he said that. I’ve always been good at football. I feel like every day I step on that field I have to prove to others that I belong and I feel the only person who can stop me is myself.
Scott Porter: What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for this moment?
Travon Jones: I’ve been working out in an indoor facility in Fresno, CA with Steve Saboyna, who worked with David Carr, Bernard Berrian, Ryan Mathews, James Sanders just to name a few. He works players out for the combine and such. He has been a huge plus for me. I felt like I really got better in all phases this off-season. Improved my technique, my speed, everything really. I’ve been working very hard and that was a great experience for me. I had a pro day, where I ran a 4.38/40, 3 cone drill shuttle time was 3.87. Broad jump was a 10’1 and my vertical was a 3’5t so I put up pretty good numbers. I was real proud of myself. I made my agents job easier I felt. I have heard from the Rams, Eagles, Bengals, Texans. The Rams seem real interested and hopefully it all works out from here and I get my opportunity, that is all I ask for. It doesn’t matter where I start, I know where I am going to finish. I have to go into this every day with my hustle on. I work hard every day to get better.