New Hampshire Football Report

Swann will play in East-West game

Isiah Swann photo courtesy Dartmouth athletics

HANOVER — Dartmouth cornerback Isiah Swann has been selected to play for the East in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. This year’s game will be televised by the NFL Network (3 p.m.).

Despite missing three games of his senior season because of an injury, Swann led the Ivy League with four interceptions. He also tied for the league lead with 15 passes defended.

Swann, a 6-foot, 195-pound native of Queen Creek, Ariz., returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns last season, tying the Dartmouth single-season record. He recorded 17 interceptions — also a school record – during his college career.

Swann finished last season with 31 tackles, including an assisted one for a loss, to go with his four interceptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns as well as his 11 pass breakups. For his career, he brought down 141 opponents with 2.5 for a loss (one sack) with 17 interceptions for 242 yards and four scores, 32 passes broken up, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.

During his career, he was a Buchanan Award (FCS Defensive MVP) finalist twice, placing fifth in 2018 and 20th this past year, plus won the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year as a junior when he led all of Division (both FBS and FCS) with nine interceptions.

Swann is the first Dartmouth player to suit up for the East-West Shrine Bowl since tight end Casey Cramer in 2004. Cramer went on to play five seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

The East-West Shrine Bowl is the longest running college all-star football game in the nation, having first been played in 1925 to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Players and coaches visit a local Shriners Hospitals for Children during game week to meet the patients and gain a greater understanding of the importance of the game, which also gives top college players a chance to showcase their talents to NFL scouts and a national television audience.

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