LEXINGTON, Ky. – D’Andre Swift called it.
The Georgia Bulldogs’ sophomore running back, who has been hurt most of the season, said earlier this week he was feeling much better and expected some breakout games soon, maybe even Saturday against Kentucky.
“I’m getting back healthy and think people are going to see more of me exploding,” Swift said after a practice this past week. “When I’m healthy, the sky’s the limit for me.”
Swift was healthy, and he exploded, for sure. He recorded a couple of career bests on Saturday with an 83-yard touchdown run and 156 yards rushing overall. He had another touchdown run – a 20-yarder in the first half – that included two highlight-reel cuts that left Kentucky stars Josh Allen and Mike Edwards grasping for air.
The long runs left Swift with a 9.8 yards per carry average. He had 15 attempt in the game, the second-most of the season.
Swift wasn’t alone either. Backfield mate Elijah Holyfield also went over 100 yards. The junior from Atlanta started and also recorded a career high with 18 carries for 115 yards. Freshman quarterback Justin Fields added 26 yards as the Bulldogs piled up a season-best 331 yards on the ground.
The Wildcats came in with the nation’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense at just over 13 points per game.
Swift battled a groin injury in preseason camp and then an ankle injury early in the season. Then he suffered a foot contusion in the loss to LSU three weeks ago. He said coming into the Kentucky game that he’s still not 100 percent but is “getting close.”