Travaris Cadet - A Diamond In The Rough?

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Travaris Cadet was all over the place on Sunday, making an impact in the passing game, and with his kick and put returns. He may only have an outside chance, but I certainly hope he makes the roster somehow. His versatility might just be enough to keep him around at least the practice squad. Let’s take a deeper look at the player whose name most New Orleans Saints fans now know.

Travaris Cadet During Camp Photo Courtesy: Michael C. Hebert

Travaris Cadet During Camp Photo Courtesy: Michael C. Hebert

High School:  Cadet was a dual-threat quarterback who showcased tremendous versatility as a three-star recruit out of Miami Central.  He also spent time as the team’s punter and placekicker.  A brief demonstration of just how talented he was can be found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pab5rJo-6zY.  While he was only a 3-star recruit, his talent level and skill looks more than legitimate

College:  In his senior year of high-school, Travaris Cadet committed to Toledo.  While there, he was slated to play wideout for the team.  He ended up redshirting however.

Cadet then transferred to Pearl River  Community College in Poplarville, MS.  While at my first Alma Mater in 2008, he caught two passes in two games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.  His high-school success at this point seemed a mere fluke, as he couldn’t seem to stay healthy.

As a Sophomore, Travaris moved to Appalachian State University, where he served as 2nd string QB for eventual 2010 third-round selection Armanti Edwards.  Finally healthy, he appeared in all 14 games that season, while earning one start against Western Carolina.  On the season, he went 20-36 for 241 yards.  He didn’t throw a TD pass, and had 1 INT.

As a runner, he ran 70 times for 306 yards and 3 TDS.  The always versatile Cadet also registered 24 punt returns for a 5.6 per return average.  His two kickoff returns netted 11 yards total, and 0 TDs

In 13 games as a Junior, Travaris Cadet cracked the starting lineup 7 times.  His splits were pretty darn good.  In his 115 attempts, he posted a 5.8 per rush average; good for 671 yards.

As a kickoff returner, he had 32 attempts for 733 yards, good for a 22.9 average on the year.

In 12 attempts as a punt returner, he gained 72 yards, a respectable 6.0 average per.

Last, but certainly not least, he had 19 receptions for 218 yards and a score as a wideout.  His all-purpose yardage total was 1,694 – similar to many of Darren Sproles‘ seasons.  I’m certainly not saying he is of that class just yet, but the New Orleans Saints certainly didn’t reach too far when snatching him up.

Cadet demonstrated his toughness by playing part of his Senior year with a broken left thumb.  In his final season, he started all but one game, gaining 651 yards on the ground.  He had his best year receiving, catching 34 balls for 333 yards, and a score.  On his 14 punt returns, he gained 87 yards.  His 26 kickoff take-backs netted 632 total yards.  Adding up his Senior year, he had 1,703 yards – demonstrating in his final 2 seasons pretty good consistency.

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