But on Saturday, the Georgia cornerback recovered two fumbles that helped swing the momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor.
“Swann is a really good player, and he’s a young guy,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “He’s gotten better every week. … I think as we look forward for him in his career he’s going to be a really, really good player.”
In addition to the fumble recoveries, the sophomore from Atlanta had a sack, broke up a pass and made three tackles as Georgia ran away from Mississippi, 37-10, at Sanford Stadium.
Although neither turnover led directly to points, they had a major effect on the game’s momentum.
Swann’s first fumble recovery came at a critical juncture for Georgia’s defense. Mississippi held a 10-7 lead and had the ball at Georgia’s 31-yard line after recovering a Keith Marshall fumble.
Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace hit Vince Sanders for a 12-yard gain inside Georgia’s 20. But Bacarri Rambo knocked the ball loose, and Swann recovered and returned the fumble 53 yards to the Mississippi 30.
“It was really big for us,” Swann said. “Coach Grantham always preaches winning the second chances. We were backed up, and we had to do what we had to do. We’d just turned it over and we needed to come back and get it back with a strip of our own. I just happened to pick it up.”
The recovery came during a wild sequence as both teams combined for four turnovers in five snaps, not including Georgia’s turnover on downs after Alec Ogletree’s interception to end the string.
“That was an absolutely crazy situation,” Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell said. “I’ve never seen it happen before. I’m not sure it’s ever happened before: four turnovers in a row like that. But Damian was huge (Saturday). He played huge.”
Swann’s second fumble recovery came in the third quarter. Georgia had just taken a 28-10 lead on an8-yard touchdown run by Zander Ogletree.
Mississippi quarterback Barry Brunetti fumbled the ball at the end of a 2-yard run and it flew into Swann’s hands.
“I don’t think I’ve touched the ball that many times since I was in high school,” Swann said. “The second one, I think somebody was making a tackle and it just popped out right to me.”