UA Center Swanson Thankful for Bielema

No matter Arkansas’ record in 2013, Bret Bielema and his all-star staff should bring some semblance of order and stability to a program that was the biggest train wreck in college football in 2012.

In an exclusive story published in the Aug. 28 edition of Sync Weekly, UA  senior center Travis Swanson says Bielema made an instant impact on the Hogs.

Travis Swanson is ranked as the No, 1 center in the nation.

Travis Swanson is ranked as the No, 1 center in the nation.

“I met with [Bielema] a ton, more than I have ever with any other coach,” Swanson told Sync contributor Evin Demirel.

It appears Bielema and his staff has done the right things to instill confidence in a team that was bruised and battered. As a whole, the staff is personable and treat kids right. That’s evident in talking with recent signees Drew Morgan and Hunter Henry, who rave about the coaches as people.

So, whether it’s 4-8, 5-7, 6-6, 7-5 or the unthinkable 8-4 or better, Arkansas is on the right track.

That’s great news for true freshmen like Henry, Morgan and standout running back Alex Collins, who figure to be a part of something special befor

e four years end. But where does that leave seniors like Swanson?

He’ll do his best to lead like he has since he snatched the starting center job from Seth Oxner as a sophomore, and try to lead this young team to a bowl game.

The top center in the country seems thankful to have one of the more successful coaches in the country leading his team — even if he can enjoy it for just one year.


For more on Travis Swanson go to or pick up a free copy of Sync Weekly in news stands in Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner and Lonoke counties.


One comment on “UA Center Swanson Thankful for Bielema
  1. Steve James says:

    Great article, great Kid, looking forward to a new Rzrbk era…