MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2000
Brett Palmi And Tommy Swindell Earn All-America Honors In Football
Dec. 18, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Linebacker Tommy Swindell (Edgewater, Fla.) has been named to the NCAA Division I-AA Independent All-America First-Team, while junior Brett Palmi (Lakeworth, Fla.) earned first-team honors as a punt returner and second-team honors as a wide receiver. Both players are original members of the JU football program, which just finished its third season at the NCAA Division I-AA non-scholarship level.
Swindell recorded a school-record 101 tackles for the season, including a school-record 72 solo stops and 13 tackles for loss (-31 yards). The junior middle linebacker also recovered a team-high five fumbles, while forcing three fumbles to help JU rank 12th nationally with 32 turnovers gained. Swindell, who is also the Dolphins' all-time leader with 197 career tackles, had 10 or more tackles in six games, including a season-high 16 (13 solo) against Monmouth on Nov. 18.
Palmi was the only player to earn All-America honors at two different positions. The 5-10, 160-pound junior was the Dolphins' primary punt returner for the second consecutive season, averaging 14.0 yards-per-return, which ranked sixth nationally. Palmi recorded JU's first-ever punt return for a touchdown with a 64-yard jaunt in the season opener against Lenoir-Rhyne. He also had returns of 39, 30, 25, 24 and 20 yards to help the Dolphins rank ninth in the country with a 13.39 yards-per-return average.
As a receiver, Palmi led the team for the second straight year with 609 yards and a team-high 39 receptions, while averaging a team-best 15.6 yards per catch and 55.4 yards per game. For the season, Palmi caught four touchdown passes and had two 100-yard receiving games (100, 109). He also had seven plays for more than 20 yards, including a school-record 75-yard touchdown catch in the final home game of the season against Monmouth. For his career, Palmi has made 13 plays for 30 or more yards (10 pass, 3 punt return), four of which went for a TD.
The Dolphins finished the 2000 season 3-11, but return all but one player from last year's team. JU begins play in the Pioneer Football League in the fall of 2001.