Slowed by injuries, D’Andre Swift still contributes to Georgia run game

Georgia running back D'Andre Swift.

In Georgia’s victory Saturday over Florida, running back D’Andre Swift ran 12 times for 104 yards and the game’s final touchdown on a 32-yard burst; it was Swift’s first 100-yard game as a Bulldog, and it amply displayed that while he may be a bit banged up, he remains an offensive threat.

Swift, a sophomore from Philadelphia who has rushed for 466 yards and five touchdowns in 2018, dealt with a groin injury earlier in the season and suffered a bruised foot against LSU that he didn’t react to until returning to Athens.

“I’m definitely feeling better than I did earlier in the season,” Swift said Wednesday. “I’m still a little banged up, but I’m still feeling better.”

Swift and Elijah Holyfield teamed for 32 carries and 175 yards against Florida, and Swift believes cutting the run game loose can often lead to more and better developments.

“The more opportunities we get, it just opens the game up for so much more, like passing the ball and running the ball,” said Swift, who has also caught 14 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown this season.

Center Lamont Gaillard said Swift’s teammates know exactly what to expect when he hits the field.

“Swift is going to be Swift,” he said. “We just need him to be there every game. We’ve got multiple backs that are going to give us yards, and we’re going to block for them.”

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