ATHENS — Georgia tailback D’Andre Swift is revved up for the 2019 season, ready for an extended breakout that would help lead the Bulldogs’ to a championship.
Like a finely tuned race car, Swift spends plenty of time in the shop, making sure all his parts are polished and his body calibrated.
“I do a good job of taking care of my body, I’m always in the training room, I live in the training room, so I’m ready to go and I’m ready to get to work,” Swift said.
“Whatever workload the coaches throw at me, I’m ready for that workload.”
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Injuries nagged at Swift throughout the 2018 season, from the offseason groin surgery that limited his spring and summer training, to foot and ankle injuries that robbed him of his explosiveness at the start and very end of he season.
“I was trying to save myself, I would say,” Swift said, explaining the mindset he brought into last season. “Not trying to push it too much where I would hurt myself.
“But now I don’t have any limits.”’
Georgia fans have seen a sneak preview of what that looks like.
Coach Kirby Smart gave Swift some time off his feet during the bye week last season, and the Philadelphia runner responded with a dominant three-game strech:
Florida: 12 carries, 104 yards, TD; 2 catches, 13 yards
Kentucky: 16 carries, 156 yards, 2 TDs, 3 catches, 18 yards
Auburn: 17 carries, 186 yards, TD; 4 catches, 43 yards
Georgia, at that time, was arguably playing the best football in the nation with Swift as close to 100 percent as he has been.
Swift sees this year’s Bulldogs capable of bringing the same sort of steam from the onset.