The father of South Carroll graduate T.J. Swanson, The Sun's 2003 All-Metro Co-Offensive Player of the Year, said yesterday that his son will transfer from Mississippi State to Northern Colorado, where the quarterback will accept a full football scholarship.
"T.J. ran the scout team at Mississippi State this fall and was named Player of the Week by [coach Sylvester] Croom, so they really like him, but they don't have any scholarships available," said Eric Swanson, adding that 1989 South Carroll graduate Warren Bell "was very instrumental" in contacting Northern Colorado.
"Warren is a college assistant coach down in Texas, and he was a big help," the elder Swanson said. "T.J. likes Mississippi, and Coach Croom said he likes T.J. and wants to evaluate him more in the spring. But Northern Colorado has the money on the table, so T.J. will be there for the start of classes on Jan. 10."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Swanson, a walk-on and redshirt whose father said he still has four years of college eligibility remaining, shattered South Carroll records in 2003 by completing 53 percent of his passes for a state-leading 2,451 yards and 28 touchdowns, and rushing for 813 yards and 15 scores.