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Swanson Southland "Defensive Player of Week"
Release: 11/07/2011
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Dax Swanson of Sam Houston State has been voted as Southland Conference "Defensive Player of the Week" following the Bearkats' 38-9 victory at Southeastern Louisiana last Saturday.

Swanson picked up two more interceptions in Hammond Louisiana to run his season total to seven. His seven interceptions tie the Sam Houston school record for most interceptions in one season.

Allen Boren set the record in 1954 and Billy Anderson was the first to tie it in 1987. Combined with Swanson's two interceptions in 2010, the junior cornerback from Waco / LaVega  now has a career total of 10 interceptions. That ranks Swanson tied for fifth place in Sam Houston career picks with Charles Boyce (1988-91). Ronnie Choate (1955-59) holds the Bearkat career record with 13.

Swanson has picked off four passes in his last two games. His .78 interceptions per game is tied for second in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Swanson's first interception of Saturday's game set up Sam Houston touchdown. Sam Houston State clinched at least a share of the conference championship and locked up the league's automatic bid into the Division I playoffs.

The award for Swanson Monday brings Sam Houston's season total of "Player of the Week" honors to seven. Offensive award wins for the 9-0 Bearkats have been Richard Sincere (Central Arkansas and SFA), and Tim Flanders (New Mexico). Defensive winners have been Darius Taylor (SFA) and Darnell Taylor (Central Arkansas). Special teams honors have gone to Matt Foster (SFA).

Sam Houston will be aiming for their first-ever undisputed Southland Conference football championship and a record-tying 12th consecutive victory Saturday when the Bearkats play host to Northwestern State at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.

The contest, which will be telecast to a three-state network by Southland TV, will kickoff at 3:05 p.m. (a change from the previously announced 2 p.m. start due to television).

Tickets for the Northwestern State game  on sale now online at or at the Sam Houston State athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium.

The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Telephone number for the ticket office is (936) 294-1729.

A special feature of Saturday's game will be a postgame autograph session with the players for Bearkat season ticket holders, members of the Junior Bearkat Club and other fans.

Pizza Hut in Huntsville offers Bearkat fans a great way to earn tickets to Sam Houston State's Southland Conference showdown with the Northwestern State Demons on Saturday, Nov. 12. Starting this week, any customer can call into the two Pizza Hut locations in Huntsville and received two tickets to the Nov. 12 game by ordering a large pizza for takeout or delivery. Customers must mention the Bearkat ticket offer during their order to receive the tickets. Huntsville area Pizza Hut locations are 3010 Highway 30 and 4030 Sam Houston Avenue. Telephone numbers for the locations are (936) 294-9191 and (936) 295-5586. The ticket offer is good through Nov. 11 or whenever the ticket supply runs out.

Texas Farm Bureau members will receive a complimentary general admission ticket just by showing a membership card or a recent billing statement at Saturday's game. The offer is a special benefit arranged by Texas Farm Bureau for its membership. The offer is only good for one ticket per member. Proof of membership will be requested at the time of ticket pick up.

Military, community service (fire department, emergency service and police) and Texas Department of Criminal Justice personnel will be able to purchase $15 tickets to any of the six Bearkat home football games this season for just $10 under the new "Hillcrest Heroes" discount. To receive the discount, personnel can present their military, TDCJ or community service identification at the box office. The discount applies to both current and retired personnel. The discount also will be available for home volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball events at Sam Houston State University.

Students enrolled at Blinn Junior College and Lone Star College can received admission to Saturday's game by presenting their student ID at the main ticket office on the west side of Elliott T. Bowers Stadium Saturday. Also, incoming transfer students may receive admission to the game through the SHSU Admissions office.

With kickoff pushed back an hour to 3:05 p.m. Saturday, tailgate fun at Bearkat Alley will begin at 1 p.m. in the Bowers Stadium parking lot north of the scoreboard. The fun begins with the traditional "March to Bowers" by the Bearkat Marching Band.

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