Bluffton football players receive national honors


First Posted: 10/16/2014

BLUFFTON — A pair of Bluffton football players were honored Wednesday when USA College Football announced its weekly awards.

Senior Brad Swavel was one of just two players to be named Defensive Player of Week following his performance at Rose-Hulman on Saturday. It marks the first time that a Beaver has secured the award. Sophomore cornerback Miguel Alicea earned Honorable Mention honors for his workas well.

Swavel finished with nine tackles to go along with an interception, a forced fumble, a breakup and a fumble recovery in Bluffton’s 31-17 victory. He helped the Beavers hold the top offense in the nation to almost 300 yards below its 622 yards per game average.

The senior linebacker leads the Beavers with 50 tackles and his 10 tackles per game ranks fourth in the Heartland Conference.

Alicea came up with three tackles, a game-high four pass breakups and an interception in the road wins. He returned the interception 47 yards to the house late in the third quarter, giving the Beavers a 31-17 advantage. Alicea was also named the Heartland Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Bluffton will be on the road again Saturday when the Beavers travel to Richmond, Ind., for a 1:30 p.m. game against Earlham College.