Utah State wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen has been invited to the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins rookie mini-camps, it was announced Saturday.
Van Leeuwen becomes the 10th Utah State football player from the 2013 Mountain West Conference Mountain Division and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl championship team to move on to the NFL as safety Maurice Alexander was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (110th pick) and cornerback Nevin Lawson was also drafted in the fourth round (133rd pick) by the Detroit Lions. Players who signed free agent contracts include center Tyler Larsen (Miami Dolphins), tight end D.J. Tialavea (Jacksonville Jaguars), nose guard AJ Pataiali’i (Baltimore Ravens), linebacker Jake Doughty (Green Bay Packers), cornerback Tay Glover-Wright (Atlanta Falcons) and running back Joey DeMartino (Kansas City Chiefs), while offensive tackle Eric Schultz was invited to the Seattle Seahawks mini-camp.
Van Leeuwen, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Provo, Utah (Timpview High School), played in all 14 games and made 11 starts during his senior season and finished the year ranking second on the team in receptions (52) and receiving yards (661), while tying for third on the team with three receiving touchdowns. Overall, Van Leeuwen averaged 12.7 yards per reception and 47.2 receiving yards per game as a senior and had two 100-yard receiving games with five receptions for 107 yards at Utah and four receptions for a career-high 112 yards at UNLV. Van Leeuwen also had a career-high six receptions three times during his senior season in games against Air Force, Wyoming and No. 24 Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.
For his career, Van Leeuwen played in 50 games making 21 starts and caught 95 passes for 1,189 yards (12.5 ypr) with six touchdowns. He ranks 24th all-time in school history in receiving yards.
In all, Van Leeuwen was part of the winningest class in school history with 31 victories.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.