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Travis Swanson

School

Arkansas

Position
Center
Major
Criminal Justice

Classroom

Swanson is scheduled to graduate in December with a degree in criminal justice and has been named to the Razorback Honor Roll for his work in the classroom.

Character

Swanson is hard working, selfless and a natural leader. His teammates and coaches have spoken highly of him as a leader not only on the offensive line but the entire team. He works hard and shows up on time whether he is going to class, practice, academic sessions or media obligations. Travis is routinely mentioned by coaches and teammates as one of the main leaders on this year’s team.

Community

Swanson has been involved in many community service events during his time on campus. He participated in the Read Across America Program, Lift Up America, Northwest Arkansas Heart Walk and Special Olympics. He also has been heavily involved with children’s activities, including visiting with special needs children, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, multiple visits to the Boys and Girls Club and visits to Children’s Hosptials in Little Rock, Dallas and New Orleans.

Competition

A 2013 Rimington Trophy candidate and preseason All-American and All-SEC selection, Swanson has started every game in the first three seasons of his Razorback career. He has blocked for three seasons with a 3,000-yard passer, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in 2010, while the offense has broken 50 records in those three seasons. In 2012, he was selected as a team captain, started all 12 games and was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press. The offensive line paved the way as 20 UA or SEC records were broken and Arkansas produced a 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history and a 3,000-yard passer for the fourth straight year. Quarterback Tyler Wilson led the SEC in passing, while Cobi Hamilton topped the conference in receptions per game and receiving yards per game. Hamilton’s season totals of 90 catches and 1,335 receiving yards broke school records and allowed him to break the UA record for career receptions with 175. In addition, the offensive line ranked third in the SEC with an average of just 1.58 sacks allowed per game and allowed 1.0 or fewer sacks in eight games.