Father And Son: Swindalls Share Senior Year Experience

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Senior center Evan Swindall
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Senior center Evan Swindall
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 2, 2013

By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com

OXFORD, Miss. -- Watching Ole Miss center Evan Swindall play in the SEC, his father Perry Swindall said, was watching his son's dream come true.

"He's wanted to play in the SEC since he was in the seventh grade," Perry said. "I coach for a living and coached him all through high school, so it was really special to watch him pursue this dream. And to see it become a reality at a place like Ole Miss and what he's been able to accomplish has been really special to him."

Swindall will be honored tonight by the Jackson Touchdown Club as the team's most valuable senior. He has played in 39 games with 34 starts in his four-year career, including 32 straight starts dating back to the 2011 season.

A coach's son, Swindall changed high schools between his sophomore and junior seasons, from Russellville (Ala.), to Spain Park (Ala.), and again between his junior and senior season, from Spain Park to Lafayette (Ga.). But for the last four-plus years, the Swindalls have called Ole Miss and Oxford home.

"It made us closer as a family," Perry said. "They're still close. We moved here to Oxford so we wouldn't miss a minute of what he was doing. Our younger son is probably Evan's biggest fan, so it's worked out great for our family."

"It was new to me being in one place," Evan said. "I have a lot of close friends here. I have been with Emmanuel McCray for four and a half years. We're all really close."

Swindall is one of 11 fifth-year players from the 2009 Ole Miss recruiting class on this year's team, having greyshirted along with fellow seniors Mike Marry and Cameron Whigham during the Rebels' 2009 Cotton Bowl season.

"It was a good thing for me," Swindall said. "I got to work out with Mike Marry because he was a greyshirt with me also. I took nine hours because you can't be a full-time student. I focused on school and working out, not having to do a lot of other stuff that first semester. It was really good for me and how I developed."

In 2010 and 2011, Swindall's freshman and sophomore seasons, Ole Miss went 4-8 and 2-10, respectively.

His junior and senior seasons, under head coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels are bowl eligible for the second year and have equaled last year's win total, having gone 7-6 with a win in the BBVA Compass Bowl last year, the program's first bowl berth since 2009.

"Last year's senior class and this year's senior class, who were the two upperclassman groups we inherited here, I couldn't be more pleased with the buy-in that they've had," Freeze said.

"You appreciate a win," Swindall said. "It doesn't matter who it's against; a win is a win. After the two previous years before Coach Freeze got here, we had to make a change. It all started last year with those seniors. And we have continued to try to make things better here."

Swindall was one of 24 seniors honored on Senior Day, but he and his dad have taken it all in since the beginning of the season.

"I have been able to hold off most of the emotions for the most part," Evan said. "I'm sad that (the Missouri game) was my last home game, but I'm also glad that I had the chance to be at this university to play football."

"I appreciate that Evan is not going to look back and say, `I wished I had enjoyed it more,'" Perry said. "Going into this season, he understood that this was his last time around at Ole Miss, and he's really taken it all in. And as a dad, it's been the same thing. We have appreciated all of these last-time things, like the Walk of Champions. This was the last time he was ever going to do that. As a family, we have really taken that in and enjoyed it."

Austin Miller is a writer and blogger for OleMissSports.com. He joined the staff in June 2013 after serving as sports editor of the Daily Mississippian. Follow him on Twitter @austinkmiller

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Scholtz Joins Elite Group

      Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      The Ole Miss tennis program continues it's rich tradition under head coach Billy Chadwick of producing the best player in the country's toughest conference.  Today, the SEC office announced junior and two-time All-American Nik Scholtz as the Southeastern Conference Player... read more

    • Scholtz Named SEC Player Of The Year

      Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • Chadwick'sTop Moments: No. 10

      Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      Moving along chronologically, today we delve into the top 10 moments of Ole Miss men's tennis coach Billy Chadwick continuing with the 2005 season, which was one of the most exciting seasons in Ole Miss tennis history. In 2005, the... read more

    • VIDEO: SEC Network 'Take It All In' Promo

      Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 11

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      On this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career.  This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program.  In... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 14-20)

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss went 1-2 last week vs. No. 7 LSU, dropping a 13-inning affair in the series opener before taking game two and falling in the series finale.- Ole Miss became the... read more

    • Baseball Scorecards Tell the Story

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Baseball

      Earlier this baseball season, Ole Miss tied a game on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which was a case of deja vu for Ole Miss fan Curtis Wilkie, who remembered the same... read more

    • Closing Time

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Normal 0 false false false EN-US... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Rebels Drop Series With Shutout Loss To LSU

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more

    • Rainy Start to the SEC Championships

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Bousfield's 4-For-4 Game Lifts Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 18, 2014 -

      LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more

    • Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Athletics

      BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ellis Duels Nola To A Draw In Series Opener

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Baseball

      For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more