Georgia running back D’Andre Swift finally surpassed 100 rushing yards in a single game with 104 against Florida. Not only did he reach his goal during the big rivalry game but he also looked like himself again. Although he has not missed a game, Swift has been plagued with injuries this season. First, it was his groin, then an ankle sprain and most recently, a foot injury. Despite the hardships, he is on the mend and starting to perform at his former level of physicality.
“I’m definitely feeling better than earlier in the season. Still, a little banged up, but definitely feeling better,” said Swift in an interview on Wednesday.
He has been focused on healing and is eager to get back to where he should be. His recovery includes going to the training room three times a day for treatment: before breakfast, after class, and before practice. Needless to say, he is committed.
Head coach Kirby Smart was recently asked about how junior Elijah Holyfield and Swift have handled the load of the rushing attack. They have combined for 1,025 yards on 168 carries with nine touchdowns this year.
“They’ve done really well, really physical, run hard, have had a lot of explosive runs,” said Smart. “They’ve got a good offensive line unit. Also, they are benefitting from the fact that they have a little more experienced quarterback when you start talking about a second-year guy versus a first-year guy, and that’s helped them. They are in a really physical league against tough, physical defenses that play in the SEC. It’s always a challenge to try and gain rushing yards, but I think they’ve filled those shoes nicely. Nobody would ask them to be Sony (Michel) or Nick (Chubb), just be themselves, and they’ve done a good job doing that.”
Watch Swift perform this weekend on CBS at 3:30 pm as Georgia takes on Kentucky in Lexington, KY.