Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #1 K, #219/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 6-7 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: XP 34-34, FG 22-28, 40-49: 6-7, 50+ 1-3, Long 50; Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's head coaches and media … Ranked among the NCAA leaders in field goals made (tied for fourth) and scoring (45th) … His 22 field goals made tied MSU's single-season record (Dave Rayner, 2003-04; Paul Edinger, 1998) … Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on three occasions (vs. Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin) … After missing his first attempt of the 2008 season in the opener at California, converted a school-record 15 consecutive field goals, breaking the mark previously held by Edinger (13, 1998) … His 15 straight field goals tied the fourth-longest streak in Big Ten history … Went 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts vs. Wisconsin, hitting the game-winner from 44 yards out with seven seconds left, as the Spartans rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 25-24 win … His career-long 50-yarder with 5:16 to play against the Badgers pulled MSU to within 24-22 … Selected as one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week after accounting for a career-high 16 points in MSU's 42-29 victory at Indiana in the Big Ten opener … Kicked a career-best four field goals against the Hoosiers, including three from 40-plus yards. 2007: XP 53-54, FG 15-22, 40-49: 3-5, 50+ 0-2, Long 46, 0 TB-1 KO. 2006: XP 33-33, FG 15-19, 40-49: 4-4, 50+ 0-1, Long 46; Named first-team Freshman All-American by Scripps/Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com … Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media … Presented the MSU Downtown Coaches Club Award as the outstanding special teams player … Named one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week after his 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left gave Michigan State a 41-38 victory at Northwestern, completing the greatest comeback in NCAA I-A history as the Spartans rallied from a 35-point third-quarter deficit.
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Swenson held the kicking job for four years in East Lansing after the Florida product was recognized as a top-five prep recruit.
He made 15 of 19 attempts (4-of-5 from 40-plus yards), garnering Freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades. After a down year in 2007, (15-of-22, 3-of-7 from 40-plus) Swenson was named second-team all-conference in his junior year (22-28, 8-13 40-plus, long 50).
The diminutive kicker saved his best for his senior season, winning first-team All-Big Ten and team MVP honors after connecting on 19-of-22 attempts, including five of his seven tries from 40 yards or more with a career-long of 52 yards. He also was the Spartans' primary kickoff specialist for the first time, forcing seven touchbacks on 66 kickoffs. He's the Spartans' all-time leader in field goals made and points scored missed only two of his 166 career extra point attempts.
Swenson's size, low kicks, and average leg strength are concerns for teams looking to draft a kicker. However, his experience, strong mental approach and relative accuracy in a shallow group at the position should make him a sought-after free agent.
Right-footed. Short and slight build, would be among the smallest kickers in the NFL if he makes a roster. Strong approach, swings hard through the ball but lacks the high trajectory needed to clear the line of scrimmage in the NFL. Six field goals and one extra point were blocked during his career.
His 78-percent field goal percentage is fair for a college kicker and he missed three kicks from inside 40 yards over the past three years. Lacks the leg strength to be above average as a kickoff specialist or consistently kick field goals in the 50-yard range. Needs to drive the ball on a line to reach the end zone, which will lead to long returns at the NFL level.
Made multiple game-winning field goals during his career and appears to have the calm nerves to perform under pressure.
Four-year veteran is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top placekicker . . . named to the midseason All-Big Ten second team by Phil Steele . . . three-year letterman is MSU's all-time leader in field goals (70), points scored (368) and extra points (158) . . . his 368 points rank first among all active players in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and his 70 career field goals and 154 career extra points rank third . . . the 70 career field goals also rank fourth in Big Ten history (record: 78 by Penn State's Kevin Kelly) . . . he also ranks among the all-time Big Ten leaders in kick scoring (second), total points (fifth) and extra points (seventh).
18-for-20 on field-goal attempts (.900) this season, which is first in the Big Ten . . . ranks first in the conference in scoring (8.4 ppg) . . . tied a school record with 76 straight extra-point attempts (spanning from Northwestern 2007 to Notre Dame 2009) . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on all four of his field-goal attempts at Purdue, including a 21-yard game-winner as the Spartans rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 40-37 victory over the Boilermakers . . . it marked his third career game-winning field goal (2006 vs. Northwestern; 2008 vs. Wisconsin) . . . in addition, he was named National Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week . . . Swenson matched his career highs with 16 points and four field goals against the Boilermakers . . . he hit a 28-yard field goal late in the second quarter and a pair of career-long 52-yarders in the third quarter . . . had his run of nine straight field goals end after missing a 37-yarder vs. Western Michigan, but did become MSU's all-time leader in PATs during the game after making seven against the Broncos . . . scored 10 points at Minnesota (4 PATs, 2 20-yard field goals).
Became MSU's all-time leader in field goal and points scored in the Iowa game . . . kicked two field goals (34 and 23 yards) and one PAT against the Hawkeyes . . . compiled six points in win against Northwestern (28-yard field goal and three PATs) . . . produced six points (35-yard field goal and three PATs) at Illinois . . . collected eight points in win over Michigan with two field goals (26, 24 yards) and two PATs . . . made three PATs and a 28-yard field goal at Wisconsin . . . connected on a 43-yard field goal at Notre Dame . . . made two field goals (39 and 32 yards) and three PATs vs. Central Michigan . . . hit all five PAT attempts and connected on field goals from 45 and 37 yards out vs. Montana State . . . ranked among the nation's top 10 kickers by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (No. 10) . . . rated as one of nation's top 15 favorites for the College Football Performance Awards' Placekicker Trophy . . . featured on the preseason All-America checklist compiled by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's head coaches and media . . . Ranked among the conference leaders in field goals made (second at 1.69 per game), kick scoring (third at 7.7 points per game), overall scoring (sixth) and field-goal percentage (sixth at .786) . . . Ranked among the NCAA leaders in field goals made (tied for fourth) and scoring (45th) . . . Finished second on the team in scoring with 100 points, converting 22-of-28 field-goal attempts and all 34 extra-point tries . . . Became just the third kicker in Spartan history to reach the 100-point milestone in a season (Dave Rayner, 2003-04; Paul Edinger, 1999) . . . His 22 field goals made tied MSU's single-season record (Rayner, 2003-04; Edinger, 1998) . . . Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on three occasions, scoring 10 points vs. Iowa, 13 vs. Northwestern and 13 vs. Wisconsin . . . After missing his first attempt of the 2008 season in the opener at California, converted a school-record 15 consecutive field goals, breaking the mark previously held by Edinger (13, 1998) . . . His 15 straight field goals tied the fourth-longest streak in Big Ten history . . . Connected on two field goals (20 and 32 yards) in the 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia, tying MSU's single-season record with 22 three-pointers . . . Went 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts vs. Wisconsin, hitting the game-winner from 44 yards out with seven seconds left, as the Spartans rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 25-24 win . . . His career-long 50-yarder with 5:16 to play against the Badgers pulled MSU to within 24-22 . . . Set the school record for consecutive field goals made with his second of three kicks at Northwestern, a 42-yarder in the third quarter . . . His 25-yard field goal with 9:32 left in the third quarter vs. Iowa gave the Spartans a 16-3 lead and proved to be the game winner . . . Selected as one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week after accounting for a career-high 16 points in MSU's 42-29 victory at Indiana in the Big Ten opener . . . Kicked a career-best four field goals against the Hoosiers, including three from 40-plus yards . . . Hit three field goals (45, 26, 23 yards) vs. Notre Dame.
His 98 points ranked second on the team, trailing only Jehuu Caulcrick who scored a school-record 21 rushing touchdowns . . . Made 53-of-54 extra point and 15-of-22 field-goal attempts . . . His 53 PATs set a Spartan single-season record, breaking the mark previously held by Morten Andersen (52 made in 1978) . . . His 15 made field goals are tied for the ninth-best single-season total in MSU history . . . Finished among the Big Ten leaders in kick scoring (sixth at 7.5 points per game), field goals (seventh at 1.15 made per game), field-goal percentage (seventh at .682), overall scoring (10th) . . . Came on strong during the second half of the season, converting eight of his last 10 field-goal attempts . . . Accounted for 11 points in MSU’s 48-31 victory at Purdue, connecting on 2-of-3 field-goal attempts and all five PATs . . . Hit a 39-yarder as time expired in the first half against the Boilermakers, giving the Spartans a 31-21 halftime lead . . . Made 2-of-3 field-goal attempts at Iowa, matching his career-long with a 46-yarder in the second quarter and his clutch 29-yarder with four seconds left sent the game into overtime tied at 20 . . . His 43-yard field goal at top-ranked Ohio State pulled MSU to within a touchdown at 24-17 with 3:42 remaining in the game . . . Scored 10 points in the Spartans’ 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana, converting all seven PATs and a 23-yard field goal . . . Had his extra-point attempt blocked in the first quarter vs. Northwestern, ending a streak of 54 consecutive PATs . . . Produced 10 points at No. 9 Wisconsin, hitting 2-of-3 field-goal attempts and all four PATs . . . His 23-yard field goal vs. Pittsburgh extended MSU’s lead to 17-13 with 2:54 to play . . . Scored a career-high 13 points vs. UAB, connecting on 2-of-2 field-goal attempts and all seven PATs.
Named first-team Freshman All-American by Scripps/Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media . . . presented the MSU Downtown Coaches Club Award as the outstanding special teams player . . . led the team in scoring with 78 points, converting 15-of-19 field-goal attempts and all 33 extra-point tries . . . his 15 made field goals represent the ninth-best single season total in Spartan history (tied with Morten Andersen, 1981) . . . ranked among the conference leaders in field goals (tied for third with 1.25 made per game), field-goal percentage (tied for third at .789), kick scoring (fourth at 6.5 points per game) and overall scoring (sixth) . . . converted 12-of-13 field-goal attempts during a late-season stretch, including six in a row . . . also hit six straight field goals during a five-game stretch early in the season . . . went 4- for-4 on field-goal attempts from 40-49 yards, including a 45-yarder in the first quarter at Penn State . . . was perfect on three field-goal attempts against Purdue, including a season-long 46-yarder in the second quarter . . . also converted field-goal attempts from 22 and 40 yards against the Boilermakers . . . named one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week after his 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left gave Michigan State a 41-38 victory at Northwestern, completing the greatest comeback in NCAA I-A history as the Spartans rallied from a 35-point third-quarter deficit . . . accounted for 11 points against the Wildcats, hitting 2-of-2 field-goal attempts and all five PATs . . . made two field goals against Illinois in the Big Ten opener, including a 27-yarder with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 20 . . . accounted for nine points in the season opener against Idaho, hitting 2-of-3 field-goal attempts and all three extra-point tries . . . his 35-yard field goal in the second quarter against the Vandals was longer than any of the five made by the Spartans during the 2005 season . . . his 23-yard field goal with 30 seconds left iced the game as MSU extended its lead to 10 at 27-17 . . .
Ranked among the nation's top five kickers by Rivals.com (No. 4) and Scout.com (No. 4) . . . Class 5A second-team all-state selection in 2005 by the Florida Sports Writers Association . . . first-team all-county pick by the Sun-Sentinel as a senior for Coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . scored 81 points in 2005, converting 7-of-11 field-goal attempts (.636) and 60-of-61 extra-point tries (.983) . . . 57 of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks in 2005 . . . earned Class 3A second-team all-state honors as a junior from the FSWA . . . first-team All-Broward County selection by The Miami Herald in 2004 . . . accounted for 44 points as a junior at Cardinal Gibbons, hitting 9-of-11 field-goal attempts (.818) and 17-of-18 PATs (.944) . . . connected on three field-goal attempts from 40-plus yards in 2004, including a career-best 45-yarder . . . 19 of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks as a junior . . . two-year starter for Coach Mike Morrill at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . his prep career totals include 16-of-22 field goals (.727), 77-of-79 PATs (.975) and 76 touchbacks . . . member of the National Society of High School Scholars . . .
Son of Gary and Celia Swenson . . . born Feb. 10, 1988 . . . majoring in marketing.
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