November 3, 2012

Big night for Smith, Swann

Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo, Alec Ogletree, and Shawn Williams have been getting most of the press, but after Georgia's 37-10 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, it is hard not to also notice the contributions of two other Bulldog defenders.

For the second straight game, Garrison Smith and Damian Swann had one of the biggest games of their careers, and both were a big reason why UGA was able to hold a solid Rebel offense to just 234 total yards.

The bad news for Georgia's future opponents is that both believe they are just getting better.

"I just feel like I'm getting better every week," said Smith. "I'm playing faster and I feel more comfortable with what I'm doing. I just feel like I'm really starting to improve as a player and I'm happy about that."

Swann echoed those sentiments.

"I feel like I'm making more plays every week, and that confidence is making me a better player," said Swann. "I've learned a lot, and I think it is paying off."

Swann credits much of his success to learning from a former Georgia great.

"Last year, I had a chance to sit back and learn this position from (Brandon) Boykin," he said. "I feel like Boykin was one of the best to play at Georgia, and I learned to much from him."

While cornerbacks are mostly involved in the passing game, Swann seems to show up quite a bit in the opposing team's backfield on both run and pass plays.

The former four star cornerback finished the Ole Miss game with three tackles, one tackle for a loss, one sack, and two fumble recoveries.

The Atlanta native feels comfortable in coverage, but he also enjoys having a chance to make big plays for a loss.

"I like being back there and mixing it up," said Swann. "I like to get in there and help the team out. Whatever it takes."

Much like Swann, Smith feels that his versatility is helping him make a bigger impact than in games past.

The junior lineman is playing a variety of techniques on the Georgia defensive front, and has even saw some time at nose tackle.

"Yeah I have played a lot of that stuff up front, and I just believe it is something you have to do in this defense," he said. "You have to line up at a lot of different techniques and know what to do when you get there."

Smith also believes that the play of the defensive line sets off a chain reaction that makes the entire defense better.

Seeing how the Georgia defense has performed in the last two weeks, it is hard to argue that point.

"When you have great players behind you like Alec Ogletree and Amarlo Herrera, you want to keep them free," said Smith. "You want to let them run around and make plays. Our play has helped that and we are better because of it."

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