The Path to Norman
Erik Swenson was committed to Michigan for three years before having his scholarship offer pulled. Shortly after that, and just before the 2016 signing day, Swenson chose the Sooners.
— Erik Swenson (@erik_swenson77) January 31, 2016
For more on that process, read this article on his journey:
— Chicago Tribune Sports (@ChicagoSports) January 26, 2017
Career so Far
The 2016 saw the Illinois native redshirt. In 2017, Erik was a contributor on the line; he played in six games, including three of the last four. 2018 had Swenson play in four games and earn Academic All-Big 12 Second Team selection.
In 2019, Erik Swenson moved into a much larger role in the offense. RJ Proctor and Swenson took over at left tackle; Swenson started in eight games and played in two more. The offensive line struggled at times throughout the season, working through several groups of five on the field while battling health challenges all over. Erik’s playing time dipped toward the end of the season.
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Redshirt Senior
The line will be out to prove something in 2020; the group received its fair share of criticism in 2019 and will be ready to turn that around. Left tackle seems likely to be the most hotly-contested position on the offensive line in 2020. Redshirt freshman Stacey Wilkins (6’6”, 319) and Swenson are expected to battle for the position. Erik has a big experience advantage, but Wilkins is going to push hard for the job. Regardless of who wins the starting job, look for Swenson to play often on a much-improved 2020 offensive line.