Damian Swann can’t stop comparing the two defensive coordinators he played for.
Said Swann: “It was a blessing for me to play under Pruitt for a year. You can see the difference in the numbers. You can see the difference in the leadership. You can see the difference in the way the entire defense plays, and that’s what we needed.”
Swann needed a grand finale to cap a college career that contained a noticeable downturn. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior was a top-100 national signee in 2011 who quickly earned playing time amid an experienced secondary containing Sanders Commings, Bacarri Rambo, Shawn Williams and Branden Smith.
That quartet was gone after the 2012 season, as were linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree and defensive linemen John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, Abry Jones and Cornelius Washington. Nine members of Georgia’s defense two years ago have played in the NFL, and their departures left Swann battling through an erratic 2013 season.
“A lot of guys in my class played under Grantham when things were good,” Swann said. “We played under Grantham when we had two first-rounders, a second-rounder and some third- and fourth-rounders. I’ve played with some great talent, but when it went from those guys to a struggling season, it was like the world was ending.
Kinda makes you wonder what some of the kids on offense will be saying about their coordinators three years down the road.