The competition for one of the linebacker spots between Georgia Tech’s David Curry and Bruce Jordan-Swilling appears to be tight.
Going into the preseason, the two players were listed as co-starters on the depth chart. Curry missed the entire 2017 season with a foot injury, but impressed coaches this past spring, which was also cut short with an injury.
“He’s got a chance to be one of the starters at inside linebacker,” coach Paul Johnson said. “Certainly, if he stays healthy and plays like he did in the spring, he’ll certainly be in the rotation if he’s not a starter.”
Last season, Jordan-Swilling was impressive as a freshman, making plays at linebacker despite not having played it in high school. In his only start of the season, against Virginia, he secured 11 tackles, recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Linebacker Brant Mitchell, expected to start alongside either Curry or Jordan-Swilling, sees the competition as both one of physical ability, but also a test of how well both are learning the scheme of defensive coordinator Nate Woody.
“We’re all getting stuff thrown at us every single day that we’re having to pick up on, so it’s been really good for our room, and I’m excited to see how it helps us as a unit,” Mitchell said.