Will battle incoming JC transfer Brandon Hall for the starting tight end spot this fall ... big, physical tight end with good work ethic and attention to detail ... came to Cal as a walk-on in 1999, but has since earned a full scholarship ... "Tom is a very solid blocker," said offensive coordinator George Cortez. "He had a very good spring and really made some strides as a receiver." ... 2001 ... snagged eight passes for 89 yards in an offense that rarely passed to the tight end ... started eight games and appeared in all 11 contests ... seven of his starts came in the season's first eight games, as freshman Jordon Hunter supplanted him in the starting role in the final two games at Stanford and Rutgers ... caught two passes in three different games last year (BYU, Oregon State and Arizona), with his best yardage output coming in Week 2 vs. BYU with 42 yards ... named Pac-10 All-Academic First Team and District VIII All-Academic last year .earned a 3.58 GPA in business administration .also received the team's Frank Storment Award as the outstanding student-athlete from Southern California ... 2000 ... saw action in several games, but did not catch a pass ... 1999 ... played in one series at Nebraska, his only field action during his true freshman season.
High School/Personal: A two-year starter at both tight end and linebacker at Peninsula HS ... earned first team CIF honors (Div II) as well as being the Bay League Lineman of the Year as a tight end his senior year ... caught 16 passes for 320 yards and 4 TDs ... drew recruiting interest from several Ivy League schools before deciding to walk-on at Cal ... business administration major, considering a career as a firefighter or FBI agent ... sister attends law school at UCLA ... parents are John (auditor) and Julie (attorney) ... earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 2000 ... lists snowboarding as a hobby ... born Dec. 20, 1980 in Torrance, CA.
Swoboda's Career Statistics
Year Rec Yds Avg TD Long 2001 8 89 8.9 0 22