Position: Linebacker/Tight End
Stat to Note
Last season Swartz led Olathe North with 80 tackles, and was named First Team All-Sunflower League as a linebacker, and received Second Team honors as a Tight End.
Swartz is a big kid who plays a physical brand of football perfectly suited for his positions. The thing that really separates Swartz on both sides of the ball is his closing speed on plays, whether it be running down a ballcarrier, or reaching a defender to block.
On defense Swartz is tremendous in run support. He made quite a few tackles for loss last season and he is great at filling gaps. His size makes it difficult for fullbacks and offensive lineman alike to move him, and when you add in his quickness, it makes it even more difficult for offenses.
As a tight end, the majority of Swartz' efforts are spent blocking, although Olathe North did slip Swartz out from time to time to catch passes. He made quite a few downfield blocks for James Franklin and Tre Walker last season, and the same should be expected in 2010.
Another big thing that Swartz brings to the table is enthusiasm and excitement--he doesn't going about his work quietly. Swartz seems to have an innate ability to make big plays defensively to fire up his teammates. Quite a few times last season it was a Swartz hit or tackle that really got the Olathe North defense going.