By: Rick Bender
HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth cornerback Isiah Swann has been added to the roster for the heralded East-West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Jan. 18.
Swann joins three other Ivy Leaguers in the event — Yale’s Kurt Rawlings (QB)and Dieter Eiselen (OL) as well as Princeton’s Kevin Davidson (QB). The two-time FCS All-America cornerback will suit up for the East team, wearing 21 on his jersey, and play with and against rosters made up of predominantly FBS players.
In his senior campaign, Swann continued to terrorize opposing quarterbacks, picking off four passes to lead the Ivy League while successfully defending 15 throws, tying him for the conference lead, despite missing the first three games with an injury. The 6-0, 195-pound native of Queen Creek, Arizona, returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns, tying the Dartmouth single-season record while breaking the program’s career mark with four pick-sixes. The last of his Dartmouth-record 17 career interceptions came on the final defensive play of the year in the end zone, preserving a 29-23 victory at Brown and clinching the Big Green’s share of their 19th Ivy League title.
Swann finished the 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.
The game will be played on Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg at 3 p.m. and televised on the NFL Network.