Georgia Tech linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling could be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a foot injury in the Yellow Jackets’ win over Miami on Oct. 19. Jordan-Swilling tore a ligament in the foot, Jordan-Swilling’s father Pat Swilling told the AJC on Tuesday.
Swilling said that the hope is that the injury will heal on its own, possibly by the end of the season. Surgery is another possibility, in which case Jordan-Swilling’s season would definitely be over.
“We’ll see what happens,” Swilling said.
Jordan-Swilling, a junior, has been effective in his first season playing regular snaps at linebacker. In seven games, two as a starter, he has 27 tackles, including three for loss. As the injury occurred in the second half of the season, it’s unlikely that Jordan-Swilling would be eligible for a medical redshirt.
Defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker has used David Curry, Charlie Thomas, Quez Jackson, Demetrius Knight and Jordan-Swilling at linebacker. Tech also lost freshman defensive end Chico Bennett, who underwent season-ending surgery last week.
“We’re to the point of the season – you watch college football and you watch the NFL – people are beat up. Teams are beat up,” Thacker said. “So to be a developmental team, this is where it starts to pay off, later in the season.”
Thacker said that Taylor McCawley, a walk-on freshman, has been taking snaps in practice with the “Above the Line” players and has been “functioning at a high rate for a true freshman walk-on linebacker.”
Ken Sugiura is a sports columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Formerly the Georgia Tech beat reporter, Sugiura started at the AJC in 1998 and has covered a variety of beats, mostly within sports.