PISCATAWAY, NJ – Travis Broadbent, a mainstay on the Scarlet Knight offensive line from 1990-92, has been inducted into the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame, the University announced today.
A durable and productive performer, Broadbent overcame a serious knee injury to anchor an offensive line that helped the 1992 Scarlet Knights achieve a 7-4 record, led by a high-powered offense that averaged 31 points per game, which was 12th in the nation. That season, Rutgers set a single-season total offense mark of 4,479 yards, which translated to over 407 yards per contest, and also recorded a school-record 344 points.
Following the 1992 campaign, the Tyrone, PA native was named First Team All-ECAC and All East (Second Team) by the Associated Press. A year earlier, when the first-ever All-BIG EAST team was announced at the conclusion of the conference's inaugural season, the 6-2, 280-pound Broadbent earned second-team honors. He also earned All-East (First Team) honors from the Associated Press, and All-ECAC honors in 1991.
An iron man throughout his career despite his surgically repaired knee, Broadbent started 29 games for Scarlet Knights, primarily at center. A standout fullback and linebacker at Juniata Valley High School, Broadbent began his RU career as a tight end in 1989, before making the switch to offensive line.
He snapped the ball to, and protected some of the finest quarterbacks in Rutgers history, including Tom Tarver, Ray Lucas and Bryan Fortay. In 1992, Broadbent was the recipient of the Touchdown Club Trophy, which is awarded annually to "that senior whose performance, leadership and dedication on and off the field, during his varsity career, had the greatest impact on Rutgers Football."