Travis Swanson on Rimington Trophy watch list

FAYETTEVILLE ( - University of Arkansas junior center Travis Swanson was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.

Swanson was named one of the Razorbacks' six captains for the 2012 season. He has started all 26 games of his career and blocked for consecutive 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. The Kingwood, Texas, native was part of an offensive line that allowed the offense to break 16 game or season school records in 2011 and produce a 3,000-yard passer for the third straight season. Arkansas led the SEC in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense to become just the fifth different school, and first since 2001, to lead the conference in all three categories in a single season and the sixth team in conference history, and second since 1992, to lead the SEC in passing offense for three straight seasons. The Razorbacks ranked 13th in the country with their average of 300.7 passing yards per game, 15th in the nation with an average of 36.8 points per game and 29th in the NCAA with an average of 438.1 yards of total offense per game.

Swanson is on the Rimington Trophy Watch List for the second consecutive season and also was on the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List in 2011 and 2012. The Rimington Trophy is awarded by determining the consensus All-American from the American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America All-American teams. The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 12, 2013.

Jonathan Luigs was awarded the Rimington Trophy in 2007, becoming the first winner in Arkansas history.