Turner And Swindell Earn Division I-AA Independent National Honors

Oct. 3, 2000


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Sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) has been named Division I-AA Independent Special Teams Player of the Week, while junior linebacker Tommy Swindell (Edgewater, Fla.) has been named to the I-AA Independent Honor Roll for his play in the Dolphins' 28-24 win over Austin Peay at Milne Field on Saturday. This marks the second time this season JU has been honored nationally, as junior quarterback Scott Brickley (El Dorado, Kan.) and junior defensive tackle Justin Yowell (Parkland, Fla.) earned I-AA Honor Roll honors following the Dolphins' 13-6 loss to Tusculum on Sept. 16.

Turner blocked an Austin Peay punt in the third quarter with the Dolphins trailing 12-6 and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Turner's block, his second of the season, helped shift the momentum to the Dolphins, who erased a 12-0 deficit to take a 15-12 third-quarter lead and never trailed again. Turner also had four catches for a team-high 66 yards on offense and now leads the team with 14 receptions for 171 yards on the season.

Swindell posted a game-high 11 tackles (seven solo), including three for loss (- 3 yards), while forcing and recovering two fumbles as JU forced a school-record seven turnovers on the day, five of which came in the first six possessions of the second half. For the season, Swindell leads the team with 36 tackles (20 solo), including nine behind the line of scrimmage (-10 yards), and has recovered three fumbles.

The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Charleston Southern (2-2) at 1:30 p.m.

JU Football Notes: The JU defense ranks third in Division I-AA with 10 fumble recoveries, while ranking ninth nationally in turnovers gained with 16...The Dolphins also rank third in Division I-AA in punt returns with a 22.1 yard-per-return average, while junior Brett Palmi ranks second in the nation in punt returns with a 25.5 yard-per-return average...JU scored 28 unanswered points against Austin Peay after falling behind 12-0, including 22 in the second half, marking the first time this season the Dolphins have scored after intermission...Junior running back Jon Underhill ran for 97 yards on 12 carries against APSU, including a season-long 32-yard touchdown run, which marks the most yards for a JU running back since Nov. 7, 1998, when Underhill (165) and Greg Portee (154) rushed for 100 yards against La Salle.