FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas senior center Travis Swanson has been named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday. Swanson, who earlier this week was included on the Rimington Trophy Watch List for the third straight year, continues to receive preseason recognition that includes appearances on All-American and All-SEC teams. Last season, the Kingwood, Texas, native was a team captain and earned second-team All-SEC honors, 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.
The Outland Trophy is presented to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America. Bill "Bud" Brooks was the first Razorback to claim the award in 1954, and Loyd Phillips added another Outland Trophy to the Fayetteville trophy case in 1966. This year's semifinalists will be released Nov. 20 before three finalists, all from the FWAA All-America Team, are announced Nov. 25, with the winner being announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12. The winner will be honored at the Outland Trophy Presentation Banquet at the DoubleTree Hotel in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 9, 2014.
Derek Satterfield: Assistant Media Relations Director