Aug. 22, 2011
AUBURN -- Tradition never graduates. Though the 2011 BCS National Championship is in the rearview mirror, the Auburn Tigers continue to press on toward success on the field and off it. As Saturday, September 3, grows closer, we introduce you to some of the men who will take the field at Jordan-Hare this year.
Travante Stallworth | Wide Receiver | Junior | Leesville, La.
Growing up, I also played basketball, baseball, ran track and played soccer. I kind of wish I would have stuck to playing baseball, too. I played all different positions. I love basketball, too.
If I could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, I would have dinner with my grandma. She died two years ago, and I would like to see her one more time.
If I could play any other position in football, I would be a quarterback or a running back. I played quarterback in high school, and I loved being able to touch the ball on every play. The ball went through me, and I like that pressure a little bit.
My favorite thing about being a wide receiver is out there on that perimeter, you have to make plays. I like making big plays. The ball is going to get thrown to you, and you have to make the play.
My closest friends on the team are Jonathan Evans, Harris Gaston, Emory Blake, Nosa Eguae and Deangelo Benton. I'm always at Jonathan Evans' or Emory Blake's house or if not, I'm over there with Harris Gaston. We chill out, play NCAA, just sit around and relax.
Working with Trooper Taylor as the wide receivers' coach is fun. Everybody knows how much fun he is. He makes practice fun, makes meetings fun, even makes football fun. I love him as a coach.
My pregame routine is getting taped, pray with Brother Chette (Williams) and then just try to go out there and make plays.
One of the reasons I wanted to come to Auburn is because it's closer to home. I was a military kid, but my dad and my mom's families are from Pensacola, Fla., and it's only three hours away. All my family can come see me.
If I couldn't play football, my dream job would be in sports broadcasting. I love watching Stuart Scott, and I'd like to be like him on television or be an analyst or something to do with sports on SportsCenter.
The best gift I received growing up was Rock Band. I got it my junior year for Christmas, and it's just so much fun to play. I still have it.
One of my favorite things about living in Louisiana is that Louisiana is like its own country. Everything is different down there. They don't have counties, they have parishes. People's accents are different. I love Cajun food like jambalaya. My favorite Cajun meal is red beans and rice.
One of the things I miss about home when I'm at Auburn is my mom's cooking and just sitting around watching basketball or football games with my dad. Or aggravating my older sister.
My favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant. I'm a die-hard Lakers fan. I love Kobe's killer instinct. He seems like he's never under pressure. He's so smooth and relaxed.
My role model is my dad. He has taught me so much, and he's been through a lot. He just tries to keep me straight. That's why I'm the person I am now.
With my dad being deployed a lot in the Army, we kept a strong relationship by talking on Skype just about every day to keep in touch and touch base. We never really talked about football or me playing or what he's doing over there. We just talked about life and sports on TV. We talked about the Lakers because he's a Lakers fan, too. He just got back in June, and this will be the first year he'll get to see me play the whole season because I think he's back for good right now. He really hasn't seen me play, except one or two games my freshman year of high school.
My favorite meal is pork chops, macaroni and cheese and green beans. My mom cooks that for me, and I try to make it while I'm here by myself.
Something a lot of people don't know about me is I like to cook, and I think I'm a pretty good at it. It's kind of weird, but I really wanted to minor in something in the culinary field.
My nickname is Vonnie. Emory Blake started calling me that one day because one of the coaches kept messing up my name. He started calling me that, and now the whole team calls me Vonnie. I'm not known as Travante anymore. Even Trooper calls me that. It started in camp and everybody's calling me that.
If I could be a superhero, my superpower would be that I could be invisible. I think I'm kind of sneaky sometimes so being invisible would be really fun.
The best piece of advice I've ever been given is to stay humble. With all I've been through, like tearing my ACL my freshman year, my dad just told me to keep my head and just stay humble, and the Lord will work things out. I try to live my whole life just staying humble.