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Damian Swann becoming a leader at Georgia

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The young safeties with worlds of potential – Tray Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons – have created plenty of buzz this spring for Georgia.

The sophomore who has run with the starters at one corner spot, Sheldon Dawson, leads the team with three interceptions in the two scrimmages.

Then there is Damian Swann.

The rising junior cornerback from Atlanta started all 14 games last season. The rest of the players this spring on defense combined for 26 starts.

Swann is getting used to a new group around him after the secondary lost starting safeties Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo and cornerbacks Sanders Commings, a former Westside standout, and Branden Smith.

“It’s a different look,” Swann said. “It’s a very different feeling for me. I look to the left, I see Branden. I look behind me I see Rambo and Shawn. The other corner I see Sanders. All four of those guys are gone now. I’ve just got to get comfortable playing with the guys that are here now because that’s who I’m going to be playing with.”

For all that NFL talent in the secondary last year, it was Swann who led Georgia in interceptions with four.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Swann said he’s tried to learn the responsibilities of every position in the secondary to teach the younger players better.

“Just getting the little things down, playing off, playing press,” said Swann, who had 53 tackles last season. “It’s all the smaller things that I didn’t really focus on last year.”

LOUISIANA TECH: School officials say they’ve been advised by Conference USA that the Bulldogs’ 2013 home game against Tulane has been moved up two days to Sept. 12 to accommodate national television.

Officials say the kickoff time and network will be announced later.

NEVADA: Ashley Lelie, a former star receiver at Hawaii who played seven seasons in the NFL, has been added to the Wolf Pack’s coaching staff.

First-year coach Brian Polian said Lelie has been hired as offensive quality control coach replacing Pete Brown, who left Nevada for the same position at Iowa State in March.

The Denver Broncos picked Lelie 19th overall in the first round of the 2002 draft. He also played for San Francisco, Atlanta and Oakland.


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