"Touchdown" Travis has honored his nickname 56 times through three years of college football. By comparison, Wisconsin workhorse Ron Dayne has 51. If Prentice matches his 19-TD output of last year, he'll top Ricky Williams' NCAA record, set last year, by three.
The latest in a long line of great Miami running backs, Prentice stands only 431 yards from former RedHawk Deeland McCullough's MAC career record of 4,368.
Though McCullough left after 1995, it wasn't until a mid-October game in 1997 against conference power Marshall that Prentice solidified his greatness. Miami pounded the Randy Moss-led Herd 45-21 in Oxford behind Prentice's first of five 200-yard games. He finished with 203 and four TDs, on 30 carries.
Since then, Prentice has been a model in reliability, leading Miami to a 10-0 record when he rushes for 150 yards, while, remarkably, not losing a single fumble in his last 684 carries.
While former coach Randy Walker's conservative, run-obsessed offense went with him to Northwestern, Prentice will still be plenty visible under Terry Hoeppner. Coaches want to get him his usual 30 carries, but also integrate him into their plans for increased passing.