Nevertheless, Swift's short wait did nothing to tarnish Georgia's claim to the label of ‘RBU’. Swift became the fourth Bulldogs back in the last five years to be drafted in the first two rounds. Hence, ‘RBU’, or Running Back University.
Todd Gurley and Sony Michel were the first-rounders in that group. Georgia coach Kirby Smart argues that number should be three first rounders since he claims Chubb “should’ve been a first-round pick” in 2018. Chubb finished second in the NFL in rushing last year.
Swift continues a long tradition of the Bulldogs producing NFL-worthy running backs. Georgia football sent out via its Twitter feed a list of its running backs who either got the early call from the NFL or proved incredibly productive once they got there. That list goes all the way back to the 1940s, when Charley Trippi and Frank Sinkwich were back-to-back No. 1 overall picks, and includes fellow first-rounders Garrison Hearst, Rodney Hampton, Tim Worley, Knowshon Moreno and Robert Edwards.
Not included on that list is the incomparable Herschel Walker, who actually started his career as the first-ever pick in the fledgling USFL. Four years later, Walker would go on to a record-setting 12-year career in the NFL.
This past season, Swift became the fifth running back in UGA history to break the 1,000-yard rushing barrier in back-to-back seasons. He had 1,218 yards rushing and 216 receiving with a total of eight touchdowns. Those numbers would have been much higher had Swift not been injured at the end of this season. He was limited to six touches and eight total plays in his final two games because of a shoulder injury.
When Swift announced on January 3 that he was turning pro as a junior, he left UGA with 2,885 yards rushing and 666 receiving. That ranks seventh on the school’s all-time rushing list, just behind Lars Tate (3,017) and just ahead of Moreno (2,734).
More impressive is that Swift’s first season was spent as a third-team backup to Chubb and Michel as they led the Bulldogs to the national championship game. But while Swift’s contributions were limited that first year, his impact wasn't. He was Georgia's leading rusher and had an electric 77-yard touchdown run in the SEC Championship game victory over Auburn in 2017 and was named freshman All-SEC with 616 yards.