Kayon Swanson
    Kayon Swanson


    Southfield, Mich.

    High School:

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 304





    Detroit native Kayon Swanson credits mom for upbringing


    Late lead slips away in 16-12 loss to SDSU

    South Dakota State finished a 94-yard scoring drive with 0:07 left in the game to steal one from SIU.


    Salukis head to Fargo Saturday to face No. 3 North Dakota State

    SIU looking to knock off fourth-straight opponent that has been ranked in the top-10


    Youngstown State Game Notes

    SIU scores in all three phases for the second consecutive week


    SIU edges Northern Iowa, 34-31, with last minute score

    Austin Johnson nailed a 24-yard field with 0:59 left on the clock.

    Kayon Swanson Photos

    2012 (Senior) Preseason
    Named the to CFPA defensive line award watch list...Preseason fourth-team All-America selection by Phil Steele Magazine...Preseason first-team All-Conference selection by Phil Steele Magazine...Preseason All-Conference selection...

    Regular Season
    2012 Game-by-Game
    Started 10 games...Sixth on the team with 53 tackles...Recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks...Forced one fumble and broke up two passes...Recorded two quarterback hurries...Had a career-high 11 tackles at North Dakota State, which was the most tackles by a Saluki in 2012...Recorded four tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble against Northern Iowa...Helped lead defense that finished 10th nationally in rushing defense (111.27 yards/game).

    2011 (Junior)
    Second-team All-Conference selection...Named team's co-defensive lineman MVP, along with Ken Boatright, by teammates...Earned national Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting eight tackles, 3.0 TFLs and two sacks at Ole Miss...Led the team with 52 tackles...Posted 9.5 tackles for loss, which was third-most on the team...Played in all 11 games, starting 10...Recorded at least 1.0 TFL in five of the last seven games of the year...Forced a fumble against Illinois State.

    2010 (Sophomore)
    Played in all 11 games, making two starts...Had 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a half sack...Broke up one pass and had one quarterback hurry...Was SIU's Defensive Player of the Game for the Nov. 6 contest at North Dakota State, where he tied his career-high with six tackles...Also had six tackles in the overtime win over No. 15 Northern Iowa, Oct. 9...Shared a sack in overtime to help the Salukis preserve the overtime victory over the Panthers...Received the teams Lunch Pail Award that goes to the defensive player who best exemplifies unselfish, blue collar play for the Northern Iowa game.

    2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
    Played in all 13 games...Had 17 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss...Recorded a season-high four tackles against Missouri State, Nov. 14.

    2008 (Freshman)

    High School
    Eccentric Observer All-Area in 2007...Ranked among Oakland Activities Association Top 20 football players...Had 35 tackles and five sacks...2007 OAA Division I Track Champion and Southfield High School Track MVP.

    Born Dec. 25, 1989, in Detroit, Mich...Son of Kristal Dixon...Mother works in law enforcement...Sport administration major. .

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