D’Andre Swift breaks single-game rushing record for third straight week
Sophomore running back D’Andre Swift broke 100 rushing yards for the first time in his career against Florida on Oct. 27. He finished the game with 104 rushing yards for one touchdown. Then the following week he broke the record again, finishing with 156 yards for two touchdowns.
For the third consecutive week, Swift broke his single-game career high in rushing yards. He ran for 186 yards and one touchdown in Georgia’s matchup against Auburn. His touchdown run was a 77-yard play that put Georgia up 27-10, a lead Georgia held the rest of the night.
“I don’t think there is anything else you can say, besides ‘wow,’” quarterback Jake Fromm said. “He’s playing at a really high level right now, and man, just hope he can keep it up and keep playing the way he is playing.”
The 77-yard touchdown run came at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Georgia was on its own 23-yard line on a second-and-12 play. Fromm handed the ball of to Swift, who found a small hole and broke through. He beat an Auburn defender at the Georgia 35-yard line and as he continued to run down the field, sophomore wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman blocked Auburn defensive back Noah Igbinoghene at the Auburn 40-yard line.
“I don’t think there is anything else you can say, besides ‘wow.’”
- Jake Fromm, Georgia quarterback, on D’Andre Swift
Swift scooted around him and, from there, the field was open for Swift to run into the end zone.
“First of all, J.J. Holloman did a great job of blocking, our receivers did a great job of blocking, our O-line did a great job,” Swift said. “I just had to make one man miss, the rest is history.”
Swift said he wasn’t aware of how long his touchdown run was, or that he had broken his career high for the third time.
“Justin Fields actually told me how much, for 186, I was like, ‘Stop lying,’” Swift said. “I looked up and it said 186 [rushing yards].”
His mindset when running the ball is to always try for explosive run plays. He looks at each play as a potential for a big play, but early on in the game he’s aware plays may be for shorter yardage gains. As the game goes on and the offensive line wears down the defense, it opens the opportunity for those eruptive plays.
Most of the time, though, when he is running he doesn’t think about what he is doing. His actions, like the instinct to cut, come natural to him. But in battling against handful of injuries throughout the season, he said he needs to remain confident in his abilities as a running back.
Swift said he suffered a foot injury against LSU, and is still working through his groin injury from the spring. He knows the expectation is for him to compete at 100 percent, so he works through his injuries to perform at his highest ability.
Yet, even though he doesn’t feel 100 percent, his ability to run for over 100 yards for the third consecutive game is still possible.
“At the end of the day, D’Andre [Swift] is a really electric, explosive runner,” head coach Kirby Smart said.