Alex Bars Named 2018 Notre Dame Football Captain

Bars joins previously named captains center Sam Mustipher, punter Tyler Newsome and linebacker Drue Tranquill


Notre Dame vs. Navy Post-Game Notes

Post-Game Notes

CAREER: Strong and explosive running back who has been used in the past in short-yardage situations but will be called upon more often as a rusher this year ... selected a team captain for the second year in a row, joining John Carlson, Maurice Crum and Tom Zbikowski ... approved for a fifth year by Notre Dame's Faculty Board on Athletics ... after playing both linebacker and running back in 2006, he moves to running back exclusively in 2007 ... will be a major factor in the Irish rushing attack ... gained 351 yards on 101 career carries with seven touchdowns and caught five passes at Notre Dame for 39 yards ... played in 34 games for the Irish, starting 12 contests (10 starts came in 2006 as a linebacker) ... recorded 35 tackles, including 22 solo tackles, five tackles for loss and one sack in Notre Dame career.

2006 (SENIOR): One of three team captains for the Irish, representing special teams and joining quarterback Brady Quinn and safety Tom Zbikowski ... recipient of 2006 Nick Pietrosante Award, presented to the Notre Dame player who best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and pride of the late Irish All-America fullback ... moved to linebacker after emerging as an explosive running back in 2005 ... played in 11 games at outside linebacker, starting 10 contests, and ranked tenth on the team with 35 tackles with five tackles for loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry ... started games 1-4 before being injuring his ribs at end of Michigan State game and missing next two contests ... returned to starting line-up vs. UCLA and started games 7-11 before coming off the sidelines at USC as the defense opened with five defensive backs ... played on both sides of the ball in season-opener at Georgia Tech tallying four tackles with two tackles for loss and rushed six times for 19 yards to help close out the game in Atlanta ... added two tackles vs. Penn State and rushed three times for 44 yards ... rushed 43 yards on a fake punt to get down to the one-yard line ... scored first touchdown of the season on the ensuing play ... totaled three tackles including one sack and one tackle for loss vs. Michigan ... recorded season-high and team-best eight tackles at Michigan State including seven solo tackles ... returned from rib injury to post seven tackles against UCLA with two tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry ... scored on only carry vs. Navy as he ran in from 16 yards out against the Midshipmen ... posted four tackles at Air Force.

2005 (JUNIOR): Valuable reserve halfback who played an important role on special teams ... the special teams captain for the season opener at Pittsburgh ... called out the blocking assignments and signals on the punt team ... played on all four special teams units ... rushed 63 times for 248 yards (3.9-yard average) and five TDs ... saw action at running back in 10 games (Pittsburgh, Washington, Purdue, USC, BYU, Tennessee, Navy, Syracuse, Stanford and Ohio State), but played in all 12 on special teams ... made a season total of seven tackles (five solos) on special teams ... rushed for 13 yards and a TD on three carries versus Stanford ... scored on an eight-yard run against Stanford to give the Irish a 30-21 lead in the fourth quarter ... gained four yards on three carries against Syracuse, in addition to making a tackle on special teams ... rushed for 58 yards on 11 carries (5.3-yard average) and a TD in the win over Navy ... his 12-yard TD run in the second quarter put the Irish ahead to stay, 14-7, in the Navy game ... rushed eight times for 15 yards and caught a pass for a yard against a tough Tennessee defense ... made his first start of the season against the Vols as the Irish began in a two-halfback set ... had one carry for a loss of three yards versus BYU ... saw the most extensive action of his career against USC, splitting time with starter Darius Walker ... made the most of the opportunity versus the Trojans, rushing for 52 yards on 18 carries (2.9-yard average) and one TD ... scored the Irish's first TD against USC on a 16-yard run (matching the longest run of his career) to tie the game at 7-7 in the opening period ... rushed four times for 17 yards and a TD against Purdue ... rushed for 52 yards on seven carries (7.4-yard average) and a TD against Washington ... scored on an 11-yard run versus the Huskies ... had a career-long 16-yard run in the Washington game ... made seven tackles (five solos) on special teams ... logged 65:43 of playing time with 132 special teams appearances.

2004 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games, including one start (at BYU) ... rushed 25 times for 25 yards and made three catches for 30 yards ... rushed for three yards on six carries at BYU ... rushed seven times for 18 yards in the Navy game, including a then-career-long run of 12 yards against the Midshipmen ... gained 10 yards on five carries versus Michigan State ... had a two-yard rush in the USC game ... collected two tackles on special teams in the Stanford game ... made 105 special teams appearances and logged a total of 20:39 of playing time.

2003 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any playing time as a rookie running back.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Washington (Pa.) High School ... SuperPrep All-American ... rushed for 1,176 yards and 18 TDs as a senior in 2002 ... earned all-state honors as a senior ... was a three-time all-conference selection and a two-time most valuable player ... member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 in 2001 and 2002 ... named to Tribune Review Terrific 25 in 2001 and 2002 ... The Observer Reporter Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2002 ... named to 2002 all-region team ... caught 25 passes for 420 yards as a senior ... finished with 2,730 career rushing yards and 56 TDs ... the number-three career rusher in school history ... had 1,053 yards and 23 TDs on 105 carries as a junior ... totaled 31 receptions for 580 yards and 3,812 all-purpose yards in his career ... made 90 solo tackles and 50 assists at strong safety in 2001, then played outside linebacker in 2002 and made 137 tackles ... helped his team go 15-0 and win Pennsylvania Class AA state title as a junior, followed by a 7-3 mark in 2002 ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... won the scholar-athlete award at the U.S. Army game ... played in the Big 33 Pennsylvania vs. Ohio All-Star Game ... team captain as a senior ... a four-year letterman in track and field ... ran the 100, 200 and 400 meters and competed in 4x100 and 4x400 relays ... set 4x400 relay record ... placed fourth at state in the 4x400, setting a school record in the process ... senior class president and a member of the student council ... also a member of Communities That Care, W-Club, Art Club and Students Against Drunk Driving ... full name is Travis John Thomas ... born Dec. 3, 1984, in Washington, Pa. ... graduated in May 2007 from the Mendoza College of Business, with a degree in management ... earned a 3.611 grade-point average in spring `07 semester ... enrolled in graduate studies.

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Travis Thomas
Travis  Thomas


Washington, PA

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 216



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