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How big of an exclamation point will D'Andre Swift be for Georgia in 2019?

Cover 4 on Georgia football: What kind of year will D’Andre Swift have this fall?

DawgNation has four staffers who cover the Georgia football team from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The “Cover 4” concept is simple: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion. We give junior tailback D’Andre Swift the “Cover 4” look in this feature. 

DawgNation returns this week with the “Cover 4” concept which was part of our regular story rotation in 2018.

We have four staffers who cover the UGA athletics program on a full-time basis and that means the focus shifts to a timely “Cover 4” look with each of our guys manning the secondary here. The quick in-and-out game still remains with this feature.

The second “Cover 4” question of the regular season is:

What kind of numbers will D’Andre Swift put up this year?

These takes are designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Mecole Hardman Jr. ran the 40 this year at the NFL combine.

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D’Andre Swift is more than capable of putting up a special season in 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Brandon Adams: Possibly fewer carries than some would assume

The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “He’ll almost certainly be UGA’s leading rusher, but UGA hasn’t given 20-plus carries in a single game to many backs in the last two seasons. The presence of Brian Herrien and a healthy Zamir White make it all the more likely he’ll share the load (and the spotlight) this season.”

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Brandon Adams still thinks that D’Andre Swift will see a lot of carries this fall in a talented UGA backfield. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

 Mike Griffith: 1500 total yards

The “why” from “On The Beat” here: “Swift could have more. But Georgia has to be careful not to overuse him the first half of the season. The Bulldogs look to make a championship run and having a healthy Swift would provide a boost.

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Mike Griffith sees a very big all-purpose yardage ahead for D’Andre Swift in 2019. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Connor Riley: Less than 1,000 yards rushing

The “why” from “Good Day” here: “Georgia is going to spread around its carries. Swift didn’t have a game last season where he had more than 20 carries and that’s not going to happen this year. Between Brian Herrien, Zamir White and James Cook — who BA forgot to mention — their distribution of carries will prevent Swift from topping last season’s totals.”

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Connor Riley thinks that quality RB depth will allow Georgia to preserve D’Andre Swift over the course of the season for the biggest games on the schedule. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from Jeff Sentell: An all-purpose season

The “why” here: “It will come down to touches and a pitch count to keep him fresh. If Swift gets 14 carries per game for 13 games, it adds up to 182 rush attempts. Compare that to his 244 carries in two season. If he gets those carries behind that Sam Pittman line and adds in 45 receptions, he’ll be up for every RB award. A stat line of close to 1,000 rushing yards and another 500 receiving yards will complete his NFL resume.”

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D’Andre Swift looks to put together a strong all-purpose season on a national title contender this fall. That will draw even more NFL draft attention if he does. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

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