Ball State Football Team Adds Two Transfers
June 20, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo has announced that Brandon Newman and
Jarrett Swaby have signed grant-in-aid papers and will be joining the Cardinals
football program. They are each college graduates who will attend graduate school
at Ball State and be eligible to compete immediately in 2012.
Newman, a 6-0, 303 lb., defensive lineman completed his undergraduate career at
Notre Dame, while Swaby, a 6-1, 191 lb., safety, played three years at Central
"We are very pleased to welcome Brandon and Jarrett to the Ball State community and
the football program," Lembo says. "Both of these young men were strong students,
good citizens and contributors on the field at their previous institutions. We hope
they can both achieve their athletic goals at Ball State while pursuing a master's
degree in their chosen fields of study. With the arrival of these two veteran
players, we anticipate seeing some additional competition for playing time on the
defensive side of the ball during preseason camp."
Newman played four seasons at Notre Dame after graduating from Pleasure Ridge Park
High School in Louisville, Ky. He was one of 11 players from Kentucky named to the
2007 All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel plus was chosen to play in the U.S.
Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, after his senior season. An all-state
selection as a senior, Newman earned second team honors as a junior. He was ranked
as the second best player in Kentucky by Rivals.com and the 22nd best defensive
tackle in the nation while at Pleasure Ridge Park H.S. Newman totaled 126 tackles
in his high school career, including 31.5 tackles for loss. A four-year
letterwinner in football and track in high school, Newman was a three-time captain
of the football team. He appeared in two games while at Notre Dame.
Swaby, who appeared in 11 games for UCF in 2011, redshirted for the Knights in 2009
and did not see action in 2010. He managed 12 tackles for UCF last fall. A
graduate of Glades Day School in Florida, Swaby recorded 77 tackles, nine pass
breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a high school senior. He
also added 133 yards rushing, 79 yards receiving and three touchdowns while playing
running back on offense. Swaby helped Glades Day to the 2006 Florida Class A State
Championship and earned all-area and all-state honors that season. Swaby also
competed in track in high school and qualified for the state meet in the 400-meters
as a senior.
Ball State will open the 2012 football season Thurs., Aug. 30, in a home game at
Scheumann Stadium against Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan.