Travis and Jacob Voight are twins, but they are certainly not identical.
Physically, the just-turned 18-year-olds are similar, but certainly distinguishable. They have different interests. Jacob enjoys music and plays saxophone in the Casa Grande High School jazz and symphonic bands. Travis is a whiz at Madden Football. They do share a love of sports, but even that isn’t identical. Travis says simply, “Football is my life.” Jacob plays football, but he also is an outstanding wrestler. While Travis is planning to continue playing in college, Jacob realizes he has probably played his last football game.
The Casa Grande football roster lists Travis at 6-0, 225 and Jacob at 5-11, 215, but the discrepancies are not noticeable. Both are rock solid, the result of daily sessions in the weight room, Travis as he prepares for his college career, and Jacob as he works toward what he hopes will be a trip to the state wrestling tournament.
One obvious common trait is that they are very good football players. Jacob anchored the Casa Grande offensive line at center and was the long snapper on kicks and punts, snapping to his brother, who was the team punter. He also played some on defense. Travis played right beside his brother at guard on offense and was an outstanding linebacker on defense. Jacob reached a goal he set for himself at the start of the season by being named to the All-North Bay League second team. Travis was an All-League first-team selection on defense after leading the Gauchos in tackles and just about every other defensive category.
Travis has been contacted by a number of colleges, but is still keeping his options open. Jacob, while he would love to continue playing, says he will concentrate on academics and possibly attempt to wrestle as a walk-on.
Travis makes no secret about where his heart lies. “Every day I am doing something about football. I don’t go more than five minutes without thinking about it.”
Neither brother can envision a future without sports. Jacob plans to study kinesiology in college, with a plan to become an athletic trainer if he doesn’t go into coaching. “I want to be in sports all my life,” he says.
Travis, of course, has a more specific sport in mind. “The grand goal would be to get into the NFL some day,” he says. He will study psychology in college, and is realistic enough to know that someday football will have to end. When that happens, he plans to go into some kind of public service, perhaps criminal justice.
Both are dedicated workaholics. Travis never missed a football workout. Jacob missed just one, and that wasn’t even a real workout. Players received extra credit for helping set up for the Rivertown Revival, and since Jacob missed, Travis edged him by one workout.
Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog says it is their eagerness to work and get better that has made them good football players.
“They both have a great work ethic and love the game,” Herzog said. “They have worked themselves into being very good football players, and they are both great kids.”
While Herzog has both benefited from and enjoyed coaching both players, he acknowledges that Travis has worked his way into becoming an exceptional player.
“He’s right up there with some of the really good linebackers we’ve had here,” the coach says of Travis Voight.