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Travon Van

Running Back  Edmonton Eskimos

Height:   5' 11''   Weight:   205

February 16, 2017    Travon Van News

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RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

In just nine games last season with Ottawa, Van accumulated 422 rush yards and 137 receiving yards, adding two touchdowns in the process. He has shown improvements over each of his two years in the league, and he should bolster Edmonton's backfield in 2017.

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November 28, 2016

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Van totaled 36 yards on six rushes, nine yards on his sole reception, and 18 yards on his sole kickoff return in Sunday's 39-33 overtime Grey Cup victory.

Van played a clear second fiddle to Kienan Lafrance in the backfield, but was effective with the limited opportunities he received. Although the 25-year-old's season was largely derailed by an early-season injury, he flashed plenty of upside in the nine games he participated in, averaging 5.2 yards per carry on 81 rushes, while also totaling 137 yards on 19 receptions. Van can also contribute on returns, adding to his overall value going into the 2017 campaign.

November 5, 2016

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Van gained 96 yards and scored a touchdown on 15 carries and added 14 yards on three receptions in Friday's 33-20 loss to the Blue Bombers. He also totaled 21 yards on one kickoff return.

With the Redblacks opting to rest several starters, including tailback Mossi Madu, Van received his first start since Week 10 and parlayed the opportunity into a season-best rushing yardage total. The rushing touchdown was also his first since that game, as the 25-year-old was relied on heavily with young Danny O'Brien filling in at quarterback for the last three quarters. Although injury largely hampered Van's season, he certainly provided encouraging results in the nine games he was active for, totaling 559 combined rushing and receiving yards while also contributing 137 yards on kickoff returns.

November 4, 2016

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Van will start at running back in Friday's game against the Blue Bombers.

Van will get the start Friday with the Redblacks deciding to hold out several starters, including fellow running back Mossis Madu, in a game that does not affect their playoff standing. Van has played sparingly the last few weeks, but he did open the year as the starting running back and has averaged 6.0 carries on 66 attempts this season.

October 13, 2016

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Van is listed as a reserve running back on the depth chart for Friday's game against the Tiger-Cats.

Van took the field last week for the first time since Week 13, but he worked as the backup behind primary running back Mossis Madu, and will fill the same role again this week. Van had just one carry in Week 16 while Madu tallied 17 touches, so it's unlikely Van will play a major role in the Redblacks' offense.

October 7, 2016

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Van, who's been dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder, will return for Friday's game against the Roughriders, the Ottawa Sun reports.

It's not clear whether Van will draw the start -- the depth chart released Thursday has him as the backup -- but this latest report indicates he will at least split carries with Mossis Madu Jr. in the upcoming game, which lessens his appeal in daily fantasy contests. Van has rushed for 304 yards and a touchdown on 63 carries, and has 14 receptions for 110 yards this season.

October 6, 2016

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Van (undisclosed) is listed as the backup running back on the Redblacks' depth chart for Friday's matchup with the Roughriders.

It was announced Wednesday that Van could return to action this week, and his presence on the depth chart further increases his chances of playing. However, with him listed as a reserve and not as the starting running back, his activity could be limited if he suits up, and the Redblacks could still opt to scratch him altogether pregame.

October 5, 2016

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Van (undisclosed) could return to action Friday against the Roughriders.

Van was placed on the six-game injured list in late September for the second time this season, but head coach Rick Campbell hopes he will be able to get back on the field after missing just two games. Van has worked as the Redblacks' primary running back when healthy this season, making him the favorite to start Friday if he is able to get back on the field.

September 22, 2016

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The Redblacks placed Van on the six-game injured list Thursday with an undisclosed injury.

Van's placement on the injured list comes out of the blue, but it turns out he is dealing with a setback that will prevent him from playing for several weeks. Mossis Madu will take over as the starting running back for the Redblacks.

September 18, 2016

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Van totaled 56 yards on 16 rushes and added five yards on one reception in Saturday's 48-23 loss to the Stamps. He also managed 33 yards on two kickoff returns.

He encouragingly remained involved for an extended stretch despite the lopsided end result, but found running room hard to come by against a stingy Stamps' run defense. Van was also a non-factor in the passing game for the second straight week, but did get opportunities as a kickoff returner. He'll look to see more balanced involvement against the Argos in Week 14.

September 2, 2016

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Van totaled 63 yards on 11 carries in Thursday's 19-14 victory over the Als.

The 25-year-old tailback once again looked strong in what was his second game back from an extended injury absence. Van has now averaged between 4.3 and 7.2 yards per carry in three of the four games he's participated in this season. He was notably absent from the passing game altogether Thursday for the first time this season, but given the fact that he'd totaled 13 receptions over his three previous contests, this was likely just an outlier.

August 26, 2016

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Van carried the ball 12 times for 52 yards and a touchdown while adding six catches for 28 yards in Thursday's loss to the Lions.

He'd been on the shelf with a leg injury since Week 2 but Van was solid in his return Thursday, scoring his first TD of the season. Ottawa's passing game drives their offense, but Van should still be able to put up good numbers going forward now that he and QB Trevor Harris are healthy again.

August 21, 2016

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Van (leg) will start on Thursday against the Lions, AJ Jakubec of Radio Ottawa reports.

Van hasn't played since week 2, allowing Nic Grigsby and Kienan Lafrance to see a large bump in play time in the interim. Not only will Van return, but he'll start and figure to see a good amount of work in his return.(

August 17, 2016

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Van (leg) is on track to return to action in Week 10, Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Van has been sidelined since being injured in Week 2, but he is on the verge of returning to the Redblacks' backfield. Nic Grigsby had been Ottawa's primary running back in Van's absence, but he was released Wednesday, which likely sets the stage for Van to reclaim the starting duties when he is ready to go. Kienan Lafrance will handle the job in the Redblacks' Week 9 matchup with the Alouettes on Friday night.

July 19, 2016

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According to head coach Rick Campbell, Van (leg) is a week or two away from returning to the field, AJ Jakubec of TSN 1200 reports

Van was placed on the six-game injured earlier in the month but is slowly working his way back to full health, as he was spotted running stairs during practice on Tuesday. Until he returns, look for Nic Grigsby to continue as the Redblacks' lead back.

July 4, 2016

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The Redblacks placed Van on the 6-game injured list Monday.

The extent of the leg injury that knocked Van from Ottawa's Week 2 game has not been released, but it turns out whatever setback he is dealing with is serious enough to sidelined him for an extended period. With Van out, Kienan Lafrance will take over as the Redblacks' primary running back.

June 30, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Van (lower body) gained 86 yards on 12 carries and added 33 yards on three receptions in Thursday's 28-13 victory over the Alouettes. He did exit the game in the second half with what was classified as a lower body injury.

One week after contributing a combined 91 yards of offense through the ground and air, the talented 25-year-old was back at it Thursday. Van once again garnered 12 carries in Week 2, averaging an outstanding 7.2 yards per tote with a long gain of 28 yards. The Montana product served as an effective weapon in the short passing game as well, and adds a dangerous dimension to an already potent Redblacks attack. More details on the injury that forced Van from Thursday's game are expected in the coming days, with Kienan LaFrance expected to be the primary beneficiary if he remains sidelined in Week 3.

June 26, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Van gained 47 yards on 12 carries and added another 44 yards on four receptions in Saturday's 45-37 overtime win over the Eskimos.

The University of Montana product turned in a solid all-around effort, making good on his first opportunity for extended playing time. Van received just a lone touch from scrimmage in his rookie campaign in 2015, so the diverse contributions were a welcome sight. The 25-year-old hauled in 105 receptions over his college career, so that figure, coupled with the pass-catching prowess he flashed Saturday, would appear to bode well for his prospects in Ottawa's attack this season.