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EKU Quarterback/Mitchell Scholar Tyler Swafford Played in Bowl Game in China, Had 2 TDs, and Named MVP

EKU Quarterback/Mitchell Scholar Tyler Swafford Played in Bowl Game in China, Had 2 TDs, and Named MVP
2.8.2017 RICHMOND, KY
 
Eastern Kentucky University quarterback Tyler Swafford will play in the American Football University New Year Bowl 2017 on Friday in Shenzhen, China.  The game will be played in the 40,000 seat Boa'an Stadium and will be available on television to 20 million Chinese homes.
 
Swafford is one of 40 student-athletes from the United States that will join 40 players from China and Japan for the game.  The group of 80 will be divided into two teams.
 
Swafford has been in China for since the weekend practicing with the other players for the game.
 
The Franklin, Tennessee native has a 4.0 cumulative GPA, is an EKU Honors Scholar and will earn his degree in globalization and international affairs in just three years (May 2017).
 
Swafford has garnered a number of academic honors in the last several months.  In January, he was chosen to the 19th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.  In addition, Swafford is one of nine finalists for the FCS ADA $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarship.
 
In December, Swafford was also chosen as the winner of the 2016 Doris Robinson FCS Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.  On Nov. 19, Swafford was chosen as EKU's first Mitchell Scholar, and the first from a public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a national, competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance.
 
On the field this season, Swafford had 940 passing yards, five passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.  He went 5-for-6 with a touchdown pass at Purdue, threw for a season-best 289 yards versus Murray State and tossed two touchdown passes while helping EKU tie the program record for points in a game (67) at Austin Peay.
 
UPDATE: Swafford’s team, the Dragons, won 20-7 and he had two TDs and was named MVP. Congratulations, Tyler—great scholar, great athlete, great cultural ambassador from EKU/US.

Published on February 10, 2017

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