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Meet Huntley Athlete Travis Dudycha Class Of 2026 - Name To Watch

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Travis Dudycha Huntley Class Of 2026 6'3 175 WR/TE

Travis Dudycha, how was your freshman season?

Our team had a successful freshman season and finished 8-1 as well as winning our conference playing against teams with mostly sophomores. My first two previous years playing football in the youth program I was on the offensive line, so being able to play a whole season as a WR was very enjoyable. Since I was learning the position, I was able to improve every week and contribute to our team's success by making catches and important blocks. Unfortunately, I missed two games with a concussion, but was able to come back for the last two games of the season. I am looking forward to getting more opportunities next season as I continue to get better as a WR.

What was your favorite memory of the season?

During my freshman season I had multiple different memories, like winning conference and celebrating with all of my teammates and coaches. The one memory that stuck out to me and ended up being my favorite memory is playing in my first high school football game. This is my favorite memory because of the thrill of playing in front of a large crowd with an amazing atmosphere. Also, coming back from being down 20-6 in the 4th quarter made the day unforgettable.

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?

I feel my strongest trait is my size and work ethic. At 6’2” 175 lbs, I often have a mismatch against most other players, so I am able to get open and become a nice target for the QB. I also am able to move players off the ball and seal off DB’s while blocking so my teammates can get around the edge. I also feel like I lead by example by working hard in practice and encouraging my teammates. Since I am new to the position, I continue to work on getting off the ball, route running and my hands. All of these skills keep getting better each day.

What do you like about playing receiver?

What I really enjoy about playing receiver is the one-on-one battles with the DB’s when trying to get open. I look forward to the challenge to try and create separation, so the QB has an open and confident look when throwing the ball to me. I also enjoy getting the main block that allows my teammates to score. Even though I was not the one to score the TD, the feeling I get making the key block is what being a team is all about.

What should college coaches know about you?

College coaches should know that I will work hard on and off the field whether it is in the classroom or on the field. I am very coachable and always looking for ways to get better. I know nothing in life is guaranteed and to be great at something I have to put in the work and that is what I plan to continue to do. I also play baseball, so being able to manage my time and train for the two sports that I love keeps me focused.

What part of your game do you plan on working on in the offseason?

The part of my game I plan on working on is everything. This was only my third year ever playing football, so I feel I have so much room to grow. I have already started off season lifting and speed/agility looking to put on about 20 lbs before next season. Under the guidance of my mentor Coach Hohenese, I will also continue to work on my route running, improving my hands and being an even more dominating blocker.

Who else from Huntley from the Class of 2026 should I be on the lookout for?

You should be on the lookout for Ryan Wable. In only his second year playing football, Ryan started on the OL and DL and was dominant.

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