Michigan State vs. Idaho - September 2, 2006 (photos by John Gwillim)
2009 Notes: Four-year veteran is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top placekicker . . . named to the midseason All-Big Ten second team by Phil Steele . . . three-year letterman is MSU's all-time leader in field goals (70), points scored (368) and extra points (158) . . . his 368 points rank first among all active players in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and his 70 career field goals and 154 career extra points rank third . . . the 70 career field goals also rank fourth in Big Ten history (record: 78 by Penn State's Kevin Kelly) . . . he also ranks among the all-time Big Ten leaders in kick scoring (second), total points (fifth) and extra points (seventh) . . . is 18-for-20 on field-goal attempts (.900) this season, which is first in the Big Ten . . . ranks first in the conference in scoring (8.4 ppg) . . . tied a school record with 76 straight extra-point attempts (spanning from Northwestern 2007 to Notre Dame 2009) . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on all four of his field-goal attempts at Purdue, including a 21-yard game-winner as the Spartans rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 40-37 victory over the Boilermakers . . . it marked his third career game-winning field goal (2006 vs. Northwestern; 2008 vs. Wisconsin) . . . in addition, he was named National Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week . . . Swenson matched his career highs with 16 points and four field goals against the Boilermakers . . . he hit a 28-yard field goal late in the second quarter and a pair of career-long 52-yarders in the third quarter . . . had his run of nine straight field goals end after missing a 37-yarder vs. Western Michigan, but did become MSU's all-time leader in PATs during the game after making seven against the Broncos . . . scored 10 points at Minnesota (4 PATs, 2 20-yard field goals) . . . became MSU's all-time leader in field goal and points scored in the Iowa game . . . kicked two field goals (34 and 23 yards) and one PAT against the Hawkeyes . . . compiled six points in win against Northwestern (28-yard field goal and three PATs) . . . produced six points (35-yard field goal and three PATs) at Illinois . . . collected eight points in win over Michigan with two field goals (26, 24 yards) and two PATs . . . made three PATs and a 28-yard field goal at Wisconsin . . . connected on a 43-yard field goal at Notre Dame . . . made two field goals (39 and 32 yards) and three PATs vs. Central Michigan . . . hit all five PAT attempts and connected on field goals from 45 and 37 yards out vs. Montana State . . . ranked among the nation's top 10 kickers by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (No. 10) . . . rated as one of nation's top 15 favorites for the College Football Performance Awards' Placekicker Trophy . . . featured on the preseason All-America checklist compiled by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
2008 SEASON (JUNIOR): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's head coaches and media . . . ranked among the conference leaders in field goals made (second at 1.69 per game), kick scoring (third at 7.7 points per game), overall scoring (sixth) and field-goal percentage (sixth at .786) . . . ranked among the NCAA leaders in field goals made (tied for fourth) and scoring (45th) . . . finished second on the team in scoring with 100 points, converting 22-of-28 field-goal attempts and all 34 extra-point tries . . . became just the third kicker in Spartan history to reach the 100-point milestone in a season (Dave Rayner, 2003-04; Paul Edinger, 1999) . . . his 22 field goals made tied MSU's single-season record (Rayner, 2003-04; Edinger, 1998) . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on three occasions, scoring 10 points vs. Iowa, 13 vs. Northwestern and 13 vs. Wisconsin . . . after missing his first attempt of the 2008 season in the opener at California, converted a school-record 15 consecutive field goals, breaking the mark previously held by Edinger (13, 1998) . . . his 15 straight field goals tied the fourth-longest streak in Big Ten history . . . connected on two field goals (20 and 32 yards) in the 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia, tying MSU's single-season record with 22 three-pointers . . . went 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts vs. Wisconsin, hitting the game-winner from 44 yards out with seven seconds left, as the Spartans rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 25-24 win . . . his career-long 50-yarder with 5:16 to play against the Badgers pulled MSU to within 24-22 . . . set the school record for consecutive field goals made with his second of three kicks at Northwestern, a 42-yarder in the third quarter . . . his 25-yard field goal with 9:32 left in the third quarter vs. Iowa gave the Spartans a 16-3 lead and proved to be the game winner . . . selected as one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week after accounting for a career-high 16 points in MSU's 42-29 victory at Indiana in the Big Ten opener . . . kicked a career-best four field goals against the Hoosiers, including three from 40-plus yards . . . hit three field goals (45, 26, 23 yards) vs. Notre Dame.
2007 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): His 98 points ranked second on the team, trailing only Jehuu Caulcrick who scored a school-record 21 rushing touchdowns . . . made 53-of-54 extrapoint and 15-of-22 field-goal attempts . . . his 53 PATs set a Spartan single-season record, breaking the mark previously held by Morten Andersen (52 made in 1978) . . . his 15 made field goals are tied for the ninth-best single-season total in MSU history . . . finished among the Big Ten leaders in kick scoring (sixth at 7.5 points per game), field goals (seventh at 1.15 made per game), field-goal percentage (seventh at .682), overall scoring (10th) . . . came on strong during the second half of the season, converting eight of his last 10 field-goal attempts . . . accounted for 11 points in MSU's 48-31 victory at Purdue, connecting on 2-of-3 field-goal attempts and all five PATs . . . hit a 39-yarder as time expired in the first half against the Boilermakers, giving the Spartans a 31-21 halftime lead . . . made 2-of-3 field-goal attempts at Iowa, matching his career-long with a 46-yarder in the second quarter and his clutch 29-yarder with four seconds left sent the game into overtime tied at 20 . . . his 43-yard field goal at top-ranked Ohio State pulled MSU to within a touchdown at 24-17 with 3:42 remaining in the game . . . scored 10 points in the Spartans' 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana, converting all seven PATs and a 23-yard field goal . . . had his extra-point attempt blocked in the first quarter vs. Northwestern, ending a streak of 54 consecutive PATs . . . produced 10 points at No. 9 Wisconsin, hitting 2-of-3 field-goal attempts and all four PATs . . . his 23-yard field goal vs. Pittsburgh extended MSU's lead to 17-13 with 2:54 to play . . . scored a career-high 13 points vs. UAB, connecting on 2-of-2 field-goal attempts and all seven PATs.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Named first-team Freshman All-American by Scripps/Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media . . . presented the MSU Downtown Coaches Club Award as the outstanding special teams player . . . led the team in scoring with 78 points, converting 15-of-19 field-goal attempts and all 33 extra-point tries . . . his 15 made field goals represent the ninth-best single-season total in Spartan history (tied with Morten Andersen, 1981) . . . ranked among the conference leaders in field goals (tied for third with 1.25 made per game), field-goal percentage (tied for third at .789), kick scoring (fourth at 6.5 points per game) and overall scoring (sixth) . . . converted 12-of-13 field-goal attempts during a late-season stretch, including six in a row . . . also hit six-straight field goals during a five-game stretch early in the season . . . went 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts from 40-49 yards, including a 45-yarder in the first quarter at Penn State . . . was perfect on three field-goal attempts against Purdue, including a season-long 46-yarder in the second quarter . . . also converted field-goal attempts from 22 and 40 yards against the Boilermakers . . . named one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week after his 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left gave Michigan State a 41-38 victory at Northwestern, completing the greatest comeback in NCAA I-A history as the Spartans rallied from a 35-point third-quarter deficit . . . accounted for 11 points against the Wildcats, hitting 2-of-2 field-goal attempts and all five PATs . . . made two field goals against Illinois in the Big Ten opener, including a 27- yarder with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 20 . . . accounted for nine points in the season opener against Idaho, hitting 2-of-3 field-goal attempts and all three extra-point tries . . . his 35-yard field goal in the second quarter against the Vandals was longer than any of the five made by the Spartans during the 2005 season . . . his 23-yard field goal with 30 seconds left iced the game as MSU extended its lead to 10 at 27-17.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top five kickers by Rivals.com (No. 4) and Scout.com (No. 4) . . . Class 5A second-team all-state selection in 2005 by the Florida Sports Writers Association . . . first-team all-county pick by the Sun- Sentinel as a senior for Coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . scored 81 points in 2005, converting 7-of-11 field-goal attempts (.636) and 60-of-61 extra-point tries (.983) . . . 57 of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks in 2005 . . . earned Class 3A second-team all-state honors as a junior from the FSWA . . . first-team All-Broward County selection by The Miami Herald in 2004 . . . accounted for 44 points as a junior at Cardinal Gibbons, hitting 9-of-11 field-goal attempts (.818) and 17- of-18 PATs (.944) . . . connected on three field-goal attempts from 40-plus yards in 2004, including a career-best 45-yarder . . . 19 of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks as a junior . . . two-year starter for Coach Mike Morrill at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . his prep career totals include 16-of-22 field goals (.727), 77-of-79 PATs (.975) and 76 touchbacks . . . member of the National Society of High School Scholars . . . son of Gary and Celia Swenson . . . born Feb. 10, 1988 . . . majoring in criminal justice.
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