Senior Bowl 2014 Interview – Travis Swanson
Travis Swanson – C (Arkansas)
Arm: 32 7/8”
A 2013 Rimington Trophy candidate (best center), Swanson started all 48 games of his Razorback career, tied for the 2nd-longest active streak in the country, and 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.
On what it means to him to be part of the Senior Bowl
It means the world. They go through a long, strenuous process to pick who gets to come here. It’s the best of the best who come here, so you get to compete against the best. When the competition is at it’s highest, that’s how you get better.
On the player turnover during his time at Arkansas and how hard it was to adjust to the different QB’s
It’s only as hard as you make it. You’re going to go through adversity – regardless if it’s in football or just life. It’s just how you handle it. If you’re going to pout about some things, you’re just going to make it harder on yourself. So it’s really just how open-minded you are.
On the advantages of going to the NFL coming from the SEC
I think the SEC, what people have said, is the best conference in college football. I can’t speak for other conferences, but the guys I went up against were very strong, very big – much like all the guys you see out here as far as offensive and defensive lines go. So I think it prepared me very well.
When asked to name the one guy on his team here at the Senior Bowl and one guy from another team that he faced during his career at Arkansas who made him better because of the match-up
Here: Shoot – any of our defensive linemen here! But I’d have to say Will Sutton has been a guy that has really stuck out to me these past three days.
From another team: I’d say Marcel Dareus back in 2010 at Alabama.
On the best advice the Arkansas staff gave him as he was about to enter the draft process
Take everything with a grain of salt. Don’t take any moment for granted because it will fly by and people would kill to be in my situation.
On what he felt was the highlight of his career at Arkansas
I’ve had a ton of good moments, it’s hard to pinpoint one. I’d say being elected Captain two years in a row. They told me there’s only been eleven guys in school history that that has happened to and so that’s probably my most proudest moment.