Damian Swann has been more of a solid performer rather than a spectacular one so far this season.
Defensive back Damian Swann (5) runs with the ball after recovering a fumble during Georgia’s 37-10 win over Ole Miss on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Swann had two fumble recoveries in the game.
But on Saturday he factored into a couple of turnovers that helped pull the momentum permanently into Georgia’s corner.
“Swann is a really good player and he’s a young guy,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “He’s gotten better every week. He’s been there the whole year and he’s made some plays for us. I think as we look forward for him in his career he’s going to be a really, really good player and we rely on him to make some plays for us.”
Swann, a sophomore cornerback from Atlanta, recovered two fumbles, had a sack, broke up a pass and made three total tackles as Georgia ran away from Ole Miss 37-10 on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
Although neither of his turnovers led directly to points, they had a major effect on the game’s momentum.
“Swann is a heckuva player, that’s why he was part of the dream team,” Georgia defensive lineman John Jenkins said. “That’s why, you know, he’s capable of making those kinds of plays when we need them the most. Every time you see him make a play gives him that much more confidence.”
Swann’s first fumble recovery came at a critical juncture for Georgia’s defense.
Ole Miss held a 10-7 lead and had the ball at Georgia’s 31-yard line after recovering a Keith Marshall fumble.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace hit Vince Sanders for a 12-yard gain inside Georgia’s 20. But Bacarri Rambo knocked the ball loose, Swann recovered and returned the fumble 53 yards to the Ole Miss 30.
“It was really big for us,” Swann said. “Coach Grantham always preaches winning the second chances. We were backed up and we had to do what we had to do. We’d just turned it over and we needed to come back and get it back with a strip of our own. I just happened to pick it up.”
Swann’s recovery came in the middle of a wild sequence as Georgia and Ole Miss combined for four turnovers in five snaps, not including Georgia’s turnover on downs after Alec Ogletree’s interception to end the string.
“That was an absolutely crazy situation,” Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell said. “I’ve never seen it happen before. I’m not sure it’s ever happened before, four turnovers in a row like that. But Damian was huge (Saturday). He played huge.”
Swann’s second fumble recovery came in the third quarter.
Georgia had just taken a 28-10 lead on an eight-yard touchdown run by Zander Ogletree.
Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti coughed up the ball at the end of a 2-yard run and it flew right into Swann’s hands. Swann lost four yards on the return but the recover insured that Georgia would keep control of the momentum.
“I don’t think I’ve touched the ball that many times since I was in high school,” Swann said. “The second one I think somebody was making a tackle and it just popped out right to me. I thought I could get that second one back across the field and get loose. But I didn’t make it.”