ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia has one of the best running back duos in the nation in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, but freshman running back D’Andre Swift seems likely to get more and more time as the season progresses.
Swift, a five-star recruit from Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep, has been a contributor to the Bulldogs’ offense in the first two games of the season, and coach Kirby Smart said he has been impressed with Swift.
“Just his maturity,” Smart said. “I mean, very similar to (freshman offensive tackle) Andrew Thomas. He’s a very mature kid. He picks it up the first time. He doesn’t need two reps. He understands the game. He’s got great instincts, great hands. You could put him in the slot, you can put him in the backfield, you can put him on kickoff coverage. You can do anything with the guy. He kind of gets it.
“That’s why, when he was injured earlier in camp, we wanted to get him fixed. We knew he was going to be a player. He didn’t need the reps. He needed to be healthy to play. So when we sent him to Philly to see the doctors, he had to go up there and get well and come back.”
The injury never was disclosed, and it has not cost Swift a chance to make an impact. Swift has had eight carries for 73 yards, including an impressive 40-yard run against Notre Dame in the third quarter of the Bulldogs’ 20-19 win.
Swift also has four catches for 14 yards.
Chubb said Swift started to impress his teammates as soon as he arrived on campus over the summer.
“He looks great,” Chubb said. “We see it in practice every day. He’s a playmaker and needs the ball in his hands to make big plays. It was a huge game-changer for us in getting that long run (against Notre Dame). He can do a lot more of it.”
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