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Draft Scout Travis Swanson News
11/29/13 - Travis Swanson has seen just about everything during his time in college, from a BCS bowl game to the depths of the Southeastern Conference. The Arkansas center's career will come to an end on Friday when the struggling Razorbacks (3-8, 0-7 SEC) close out their season at No. 15 LSU. Swanson will make his 50th straight start, a streak that encompasses the entirety of his playing career. The Texas native redshirted his first season in 2009 before taking the field to begin the 2010 season -- and he hasn't missed a start since. "It goes by quick," Swanson said. "That's the biggest thing; it goes by quick. To me, that obviously is an honor to not miss any games."..It's been a great ride."
Swanson's first two seasons came with a great deal of team success, a combined 21-5 record that included trips to the Sugar and Cotton Bowls. Arkansas has fallen on hard times since then, going 7-16 over the last two seasons, and it will miss a bowl game this year for the second straight season. While the Razorbacks have struggled as a team, Swanson has shined under first-year coach Bret Bielema. The former Wisconsin coach has said repeatedly that he considers the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Swanson the best center in the country, and the best he's ever coached.
Bielema has also praised Swanson's knowledge of the game on the field, as well as his leadership away from it - particularly during the transition from interim coach John L. Smith last year to a new coaching staff this season. "I had no idea the blessing that was waiting for me," Bielema said. - AP Sports
09/07/13 - Scouting the Arkansas running game: The Razorbacks crushed Louisiana-Lafayette with a rushing game that netted 292 yards. The Hogs had two backs (sophomore Jonathan Williams and freshman Alex Collins) go over the 100-yard mark. Senior C Travis Swanson made his 39th career start. He has started every game of his career. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/13 - In his first year at Arkansas, coach Bret Bielema is high on senior C Travis Swanson, calling him the best center in college football. Swanson, 6-5, 318, come into his final season with 38 career starts. "I've had two centers that have jumped out early in the draft, both in their junior years the last two years," Bielema said. "I had one go first round to the Cowboys, one second round to the Falcons. I think Travis is any good as either one of those players, if not better." - The Sports Xchange
08/27/13 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: C Travis Swanson - A Rimington Trophy candidate as the nation's top center, Swanson is the one constant on an offensive line that went through some shuffling in the spring. His leadership could prove to be a key factor in settling down a group that has to protect a new quarterback and will be expected to open up holes for a young running back corps. - The Sports Xchange
08/26/13 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas,...Swanson has been included on numerous preseason All-American and All-SEC teams in addition to watch lists for the Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. The Kingwood, Texas, native was a team captain and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2012 after leading an offensive line that allowed just 1.58 sacks per game to rank third in the conference and blocked as 24 school or SEC records were broken.
Swanson has started all 38 games of his collegiate career, which is tied for the fourth-longest active consecutive games started streak in the country. He has blocked for a 3,000-yard passer in each season, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher and the first time in school history the Razorbacks produced a 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive seasons. - Arkansas football