Perhaps the Cats are close to landing a big piece of the future backfield. He’s also a potential contributor on special teams.
Chip Trayanum at Ohio State (2022-2023) LB/RB— Brodie (@BrodieKnowsBall) December 6, 2023
465 rushing yards (4.65 YPC)
3 Rushing TDs
67 REC yards
14 tackles (8 solo)
Game winning TD vs Notre dame
120 yards in The Game (6 YPC)
Good luck #19 pic.twitter.com/w2gIK8lFCV
That was fast.
Trayanum will be joining the likes of Indiana wide receiver Donaven McCulley and Texas A&M wide receiver Raymond Cottrell as transfers to visit the Wildcats this weekend.
Safe to say this will be a big couple of days for Mark Stoops and Co.
Now, in what capacity he would wind up in the backfield is unknown — whether that be a backup or starter.
To his credit, Trayanum rushed for 373 yards and three touchdowns on just 85 carries this season for the Buckeyes, spelling starting running back Treveyon Henderson. He also caught nine passes for 53 yards while finishing the year with a 73.4 PFF grade, which is that of a quality starter.
His biggest play of the year was also one of the Buckeye’s defining moments of 2023, as he scored the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the 17-14 win at Notre Dame.
Chip Trayanum was going to start for Ohio St in the Bowl and is someone I think Kentucky will be all over— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 6, 2023
Would be a great Ray Davis replacement
Trayanum originally arrived in Columbus in 2022 as a transfer from Arizona State. Originally a class of 2020 recruit, he’d be a fifth-year guy in 2024.
In 2023, Trayanum saw very sparse carries, with only one game of having double-digit carries, which he did against Maryland with 20 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown.
For his career, Trayanum has 227 carries for 1,157 yards (5.1 avg) and 13 touchdowns.
Kentucky will most likely take a couple of running backs from the portal as Ray Davis is off to the NFL Draft, Ramon Jefferson is out of eligibility, and JuTahn McClain is in the portal.
Rocket Sanders and Mario Anderson are big-name backs that Kentucky could take a big swing at. However, they’re easily among the best backs in the portal, so many big-time programs will pursue them.
Definitely one to keep an eye on.