PLAYER
Travis Swanson
C #64
Height:
6-5
Weight:
312
Age:
25
College:
Arkansas
Hometown:
Kingwood, TX
Experience:
3
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 30 19
2015 DET 14 14
2014 DET 16 5
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 @SD L 28-33
2 @MIN L 16-26
3 DEN L 12-24
4 @SEA L 10-13
5 ARI L 17-42
6 CHI W 37-34
7 MIN L 19-28
8 @KC L 10-45
10 @GB W 18-16
11 OAK W 18-13
12 PHI W 45-14
13 GB L 23-27
14 @STL L 14-21
15 @NO W 35-27
16 SF W 32-17

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Biography

An imposing force along the offensive line, Swanson possesses the versatility to play both the center and guard positions, and studied under long-time Lions C Dominic Raiola as a rookie in 2014. Entered the NFL following an impressive string of 50-consecutive starts during his time at Arkansas.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on January 2, 2016.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round (76th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

PRO
An imposing force along the offensive line, Swanson possesses the versatility to play both the center and guard positions, and studied under long-time Lions C Dominic Raiola as a rookie in 2014. Entered the NFL following an impressive string of 50-consecutive starts during his time at Arkansas.

2015: Opened the 2015 season as the team’s starting center, earning his sixth career start in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).

  • Started at center and was a vital part of the offensive line efforts in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Started at center and was a part of an offensive line that helped RB Joique Bell bust through the goal line into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27).
  • Started at center and played an integral role in the offensive line effort that allowed no sacks against Seattle in Week 4 (10/5).
  • Started at center in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11).
  • Started a center in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18). Was a part of an offensive line that helped open up lanes for the running back corps that produced 155 rushing yards.
  • Started at center in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25).
  • Started at center in Week 8 at Kansas City in the NFL International Series (11/1).
  • Started at center in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/5).
  • Started at center in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22).
  • Started at center in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26). Was a part of an offensive line that helped produce 100+ rushing yards for the second straight week and helped sustain six straight scoring drives.
  • Inactive in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3).
  • Started at center in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13).
  • Started at center in Week 15 at S New Orleans (12/21). Was a part of an offensive line that helped open up running lanes for 100+ yards on the ground and produce two rushing touchdowns.
  • Started at center in Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27).
  • Inactive in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3).

2014: Began season in a backup center position in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8) and went on to start five of the 16 games he played in during the regular season. Also started at right guard in the team’s NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

  • Saw significant playing time at right guard in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/9) as he filled in for injured G Larry Warford.
  • Started his first game of the season (right guard) in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Part of an offensive line effort than allowed QB Matthew Stafford to throw for 390 yards in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Made his first career start at center in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Made a start at right guard before leaving the game with a knee injury in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

COLLEGE
Concluded his college tenure as a Razorback with the second-longest active starting streak in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks, having started all 50 games that he played in as a two-time captain at Arkansas. His consecutive starts tied the school career-record established by Jerry Franklin (2008-11).

  • After being named captain as a junior in 2012, Swanson graded out at 90-percent for blocking consistency, recording 242 knockdowns/key blocks through 24 appearances in his final two seasons. He was responsible for 39 touchdown-resulting blocks.

2013: Named team captain for the second-consecutive season, only the 11th Razorback player to serve back-to-back captain terms. A consensus First Team All-SEC selection, Swanson started each of the team’s 12 contests as a senior, tying the school career-record as he extended his streak to 50 consecutive starts. Led a young group of linemen in his final season at Arkansas to rank third in the nation in the fewest quarterback sacks allowed (eight for minus 75 yards) behind only Notre Dame (seven) and Toledo (six).

  • Helped RB Jonathan Williams pave the way to become the first freshman in SEC history to begin his career with three-straight 100-yard rushing games. The Razorbacks produced a total of eight 100-yard rushing performances that season.
  • Led the conference’s offensive linemen and the nation’s centers with a blocking consistency of 90.4-percent, as he joined Barrett Jones of Alabama (90.4-percent in 2012) and Maurkice Pouncey of Florida (90.3-percent in 2009) as the only centers in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks to register a blocking grade of 90-percent or better since the turn of the century in 2000.
  • Registered 134 key blocks/knockdowns on 775 offensive snaps, along with producing 19 touchdown blocks for an offense that reached the end zone 29 times.
  • Reached a streak of 301-consecutive pass plays without allowing a quarterback sack.

2012: Earned Second Team All-SEC honors as a junior in his first season as team captain. Led the nation’s centers with an 89.6-percent blocking consistency grade, totaling 108 knockdowns/key blocks that included 20 touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that reached the end zone 35 times.

  • Anchored the Razorbacks offense to help the team establish a 3,000-yard passer for the fourth-straight year. QB Tyler Wilson led the SEC in passing, while WR Cobi Hamilton led the conference in receptions per game and receiving yards per game.
  • Swanson and company finished third in the conference in fewest sacks allowed (1.6 per game) in 2012.

2011: Started all 13 games en route to an 11-2 record as Arkansas paced the SEC in total offense with 438.1 yards per game and scoring offense with 36.7 points per game. The Razorbacks became just the fifth school, and the first since 2001, to lead the conference in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense in a season since the SEC was organized in 1933.

2010: Selected to the Freshman All-SEC team after taking over center duties early in the season. Started all 13 games as he was part of the only offensive line in the league to have the same five players start every game during the 2010 schedule. Helped the Razorbacks become the only team in the country to boast a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and five 600-yard receivers.

PERSONAL
Prepped at Kingwood (Texas) High School, where he was rated as a three-star prospect and ranked as the nation’s 33rd-best offensive guard in the prep ranks. Received first team all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association and second team accolades from the state’s coaches association as a senior in 2008.

  • Named one of 10 finalists for the Greater Houston Area Offensive Player of the Year, and was also the only lineman among those finalists.
  • Majored in sociology at Arkansas.
  • Son of Gina and Todd Swanson.

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