Miami University’s Athletics Director, David Sayler, has announced that Travis Prentice (1996-99), will become the fourth RedHawk to have his football jersey retired. Prentice’s #41 will join Ben Roethlisberger’s #7, Bob Hitchens’ #40 and John Pont’s #42 just below the south scoreboard inside Yager Stadium.
“I would like to thank the Miami Athletic department for their efforts in acknowledging my accomplishments during my time at Miami with the ultimate honor of retiring my jersey,” said Prentice. “This honor is not only a recognition of my accomplishments but a thank you to all my coaches, my teammates and the supportive fans who helped make this day possible. I am excited, honored and look forward to celebrating this moment with my Miami RedHawks.”
Prentice will have his jersey retired at halftime versus Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 6, 2014, during what will also be Football Alumni Weekend.
At the completion of his Miami career, the Louisville, Ky., native owned 35 career and single season Miami records. Prentice would rank first in rushing yards (5,596), rushing attempts (1,138), scoring (468), touchdowns (78) and all-purpose yards (6,118) to go along with many other Miami records. Still to this day, his 5,596 rushing yards rank sixth all-time in NCAA history, behind Ron Dayne (6,397), Ricky Williams (6,279), Tony Dorsett (6,082), DeAngelo Williams (6,026) and Charles White (5,598).
“Touchdown Travis” was a three-time first-team All-MAC performer that played in 44 career games (33 starts), finishing with 73 rushing touchdowns, second-most in NCAA history behind Monte Balls’ 77. Despite his 1,138 rushing attempts, the three-time Doak Walker semifinalist lost just two fumbles in his RedHawk career. From Nov. 2, 1996 to Oct. 9, 1999, Prentice recorded 862 consecutive rushing attempts without losing a fumble, which still stands as an NCAA record today.
Prentice’s individual accolades helped produce Miami victories on the field. In his four years with the Red and White, Miami would record 31 wins and just 13 losses and would finish no worse than second in the MAC East in that four year span. Miami was 14-1 during Prentice’s career when he surpassed 150 yards on the ground and went 24-4 in games that saw him top the 100-yard plateau. He would finish his career with 28 100-yard games.
Other career highlights for the tailback included 35 games with a touchdown, 25 games with at least two touchdowns and went over 1,500 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons. All three were NCAA records back in 1999.
Prentice earned his master's degree in occupational therapy from Spalding University in 2014.