While teammates Isaiah Wilson and Andrew Thomas have made their announcements regarding their future plans, Georgia running back D’Andre Swift published a tweet saying he had not yet made up his mind.
Swift’s tweet did not indicate whether he would be playing in the Sugar Bowl. Thomas said he will not be playing, while Wilson told DawgNation he will not be playing in the Sugar Bowl.
I have not made my decision yet… I will decide after the bowl game!!!
— SWIFT7️⃣ (@DAndreSwift) December 17, 2019
Swift was Georgia’s leading rusher this season, as he ran for 1,216 yards and seven touchdowns this season. The Georgia running back was limited in Georgia’s loss to LSU with a shoulder injury that came to light during the Georgia Tech game.
Should Swift decide to enter the NFL draft, the expectation is for him to be one of the top players taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay had Swift as the first running back selected in his most recent mock draft, with Swift going to the Tennessee Titans with the No. 21 pick in the draft.
When Georgia coach Kirby Smart last spoke to reporters, he indicated that he would only be bringing players who wanted to play in the game.
“What I found out last year was that for a lot of kids, it was the most important game of their season and meant so much to them, and then maybe for some others it didn’t,” Smart said.“You’ve got to take the guys that are engaged and excited about playing, because that matters a whole lot more than how good they are.”
Swift is far from the last Georgia player who will have to make a decision on the game. Fellow juniors Jake Fromm, Richard LeCounte and Monty Rice are just some of the Bulldogs who will have a decision to make in the coming weeks. LeCounte has said that he will be playing the Sugar Bowl, along with senior safety J.R. Reed.
The deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2020 NFL Draft is Jan. 20. This year’s draft will take place from April 23-25 in Las Vegas.
Georgia will take on Baylor in the 2020 Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. The game will be played in New Orleans.