• John Macon Gillespie

Craig Ready For More Responsibilities

As a sophomore Traveyon Craig scored 17 touchdowns for Cleveland-East Side in 2015. He did so in a variety of ways: catching five, rushing for 11, taking an interception back for a score and even passing for another.

All in all he finished the season with 657 yards on 102 carries(6.4 yards per carry), 17 catches for 372 yards, while adding 15 tackles and two interceptions on defense. Big plays were his specialty as his longest run of the season was for 85 yards and his longest catch went for 68 yards, the same number of yards he returned the interception he scored on.

That versatility will be on full display this spring as Craig plans to attend the Fortius Project this spring.

“The talent and the athletes are what drew me to the Fortius Project,” Craig told SES Mississippi. “I’m looking forward to competing with athletes from all over Mississippi while improving my skills.”

Though he played all over the field last season and will showcase his full array of skills at Fortius, he is looking to narrow his focus this offseason as he prepares for more throwing responsibilities in 2016. Also he is looking to continue to mature physically going into his junior campaign.

“I’m looking to improve my play all around the field, but this offseason I’m more focused on my throwing ability. I’m also trying to build muscle to improve my physicality,” Craig explained.

He plans to impress the other athletes and on-lookers at Fortius with his explosiveness. He feels that is a quality that, as a young player, he can build his whole game around.

“People who haven’t seen me play will be in for a show,” He said.

After showing he can be a consistent playmaker last season, he will be asked do even more this fall. That excites him and he plans to thrive in a new role that will put more responsibilities on his plate.

“I played an important role this past season. I gave the coach a reason to depend on me during the clutch moments. I played wherever coach needed me. I was confident and my team was very supportive,” He said.

“Next season I will be a junior so a lot of weight will be on my shoulders. I plan to become an effective leader and help my team progress more.”

Not only is Craig a productive and multi-talented player, but he also prides himself on having fun with it. With that, he enjoys making it fun for those around him and those watching, as well. Having watched the likes of AJ Brown, DK Metcalf, Laquon Treadwell, Core Coleman and Christian McCaffery, he feels has meshed their styles and personalities well into the player and person he is.

“I try to mix all those of guys in one,” He said.

Looking ahead to the 2016 campaign he feels the key for the Trojans will be to build on the things they did last season that helped them make it to the third round of the playoffs. The adversity they faced helped to create a tight bond amongst his teammates and they need to hold that in place.

“We were a young team who had big brothers that taught us a lot. We faced adversity together, which made us come closer and made us more of a family or brotherhood than a team,” Craig said. “So we just have to keep it that way and trust in each other. We have just have to stay close and play as one.”

Craig will be joining teammate and fellow sophomore Stanley Buford, who has already announced his intentions to attend the Fortius Project.

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