Swann, a 6-0, 180-pound cornerback from Queen Creek, Arizona, was called upon for his first collegiate start as both Dartmouth starters were unavailable due to injury. The rookie entered the contest with just three tackles to his credit, and he made the most of his opportunity by collecting a team-high 13 stops — 10 solo — while breaking up three Towson passes and intercepting another near midfield that led to the Big Green’s first touchdown. That score gave Dartmouth a 10-7 lead it would not relinquish the rest of the day.
Miller, like Swann, made some important contributions to the defensive effort from his safety position with seven tackles, a pass breakup and the other Big Green interception, this one coming at the Dartmouth 10 to thwart a Towson scoring opportunity. But the biggest play made by the 6-0, 190-pound native of Shoreview, Minnesota, came when the Tigers lined up for a potential game-tying 22-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Miller broke through the left side — exactly in line with the kick coming from the left hash — and he deflected the ball to ensure it did not reach its intended target and preserve the three-point edge with 2:19 to play.
Swann is the third Dartmouth player to earn the defensive honor this year, joining junior DE Brennan Cascarano (Sept. 19) and senior LB Folarin Orimolade (Sept. 26). He is also the second Big Green rookie to be honored (WR Hunter Hagdorn, Sept. 26). This is Miller’s first career weekly award, and the first special teamer to get the nod since Ryder Stone brought back a kickoff for a touchdown against Brown last year.
In addition, Miller was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Dartmouth (3-2, 0-2 Ivy) returns to conference action this week when it travels to New York to take on Columbia (1-4, 0-2 Ivy) at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ONE World Sports and simulcast online on the Ivy League Digital Network. Big Green fans can also listen to the game locally on the radio on 94.5 ESPN or around the globe online for free at 945espn.com with Adam Giardino and Wayne Young ’72 bringing the action to life.