FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas sophomore center Travis Swanson has been named to the fall watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding center in college football.
Swanson is one of just four sophomores and one of seven players from the Southeastern Conference named to the watch list for the award, which was announced on Wednesday.
Swanson started all 13 games at center for the Razorbacks as a redshirt freshman in 2010, helping Arkansas be the only team in the SEC to start the same offensive line every game. Swanson was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after UA produced the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher. Arkansas also was the only team in the country with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and five 600-yard receivers.
The Kingwood, Texas, native helped block for quarterback Ryan Mallett, who broke the school record for passing yards in a season, and running back Knile Davis, who produced the fourth-highest single-season rushing total in school history. Arkansas finished the season first in the SEC and fourth in the NCAA in passing with an average of 333.7 yards per game, becoming just the third team since 1992 to lead the conference in passing in consecutive seasons. The Razorbacks also ranked second in the SEC and ninth in the country with an average of 482.5 yards of total offense per game and second in the conference and 17th in the NCAA in scoring offense after averaging 36.5 points per game.
Former Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs won the award following the 2007 season.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All-America teams. The Rimington Trophy committee will use these four prestigious teams to determine a winner: the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America.
The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb., on January 14, 2012.