NASHVILLE — D’Andre Swift looked every bit the Heisman Trophy candidate he was projected to be in Georgia’s season-opening win at Vanderbilt.
Swift paced the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs’ offense with 149 yards rushing on 16 carries in a 30-6 victory Saturday night.
The junior from Philadelphia was clearly the most dynamic and consistent threat in Georgia’s offense, averaging 9.3 yards per carry.
Swift was approaching his career-highs of 17 carries and 186 yards, numbers set in the Bulldogs’ 27-10 win over Auburn last November.
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As it was, Saturday night represented a healthy step forward for Swift.
The 2018 season was challenging for Swift, who had been limited in spring drills after undergoing sports hernia surgery in January. A foot injury last September slowed him until he had an opportunity to rest up during a bye week following a loss to LSU.
Swift pledged to make the most of this offseason, however, and his physique indicates he made good on his word.
Swift is listed at 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, approximately the same as last season. But he’s noticeably more chiseled and appeared to run with more authority against the Commodores.
Swift led UGA with 1,049 yards rushing last season, averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 74.9 yards per game.