Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Swanson, Thomas get combine invites
Arkansas center Travis Swanson (64) calls out a play during a Nov. 29, 2013 game against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas center Travis Swanson and defensive tackle Robert Thomas received invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.
The combine will be held Feb. 18-25 in Indianapolis. Swanson and Thomas were seniors in 2013 for the Razorbacks.
Swanson started 50 consecutive games during his Arkansas career and was a finalist this season for the Rimington Trophy, which is given to college football's most outstanding center. Thomas played three seasons for Arkansas after transferring from junior college, but missed the final four games of his senior season after suffering a broken leg in a game against Alabama.
Thomas recorded 3.5 sacks and six tackles for loss as a senior. It's unclear how much he will be able to do at the combine after undergoing surgery to repair his leg injury in October.
Swanson is scheduled to participate in the Senior Bowl alongside Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith prior to the combine.