WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2001
Brett Palmi and Tommy Swindell Add To Postseason Honors in Football
Jan. 24, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU return specialist and wide receiver Brett Palmi, and Dolphin linebacker Tommy Swindell continue to rack up honors from the 2000 season. Palmi was named second-team All-America as a return specialist by Don Hansen's Football Gazette for NCAA-IAA Mid-Majors, while also earning honorable mention All-America honors as a wide receiver. Swindell also earned honorable mention honors on the Mid-Major All-American Team at linebacker. 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.
Palmi, who was also named to the NCAA Division I-AA Independent All-America First-Team as a punt returner and earned second-team All-America honors as a receiver, 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.
Swindell also earned First-Team All-America honors for NCAA Division I-AA Independents after recording a school-record 101 tackles for the season, including a school-record 72 solo stops and 13 tackles for loss (-27 yards). The junior middle linebacker also finished the season ranked ninth nationally with nine fumbles after recovering a team-high five fumbles, while forcing two as JU ended the season ranked 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.
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.