Both those runs earned Swift what running backs coach Dell McGee calls “Dawg yards.” They’re awarded any time a back gets yards over and above what is provided for them by the blocking on any given play.
“Making people miss, running over people, just creating yards,” Swift explained. “The line can only get you to a certain point, so anything you do beyond that is Dawg yards.”
Swift had a few of those last Saturday.
One other noteworthy thing about the Florida game is this:
Bulldogs fans saw that coming into focus against the Gators as the two backs combined for 175 yards on 32 carries. In this latest instance, Holyfield got the tough yards on 20 carries, while Swift ran down the big chunks mostly late in the game. Those roles have been reversed in other games.
“We are competitive, but that’s my brother; that’s my man,” Swift said of Holyfield. “We do a lot together on and off the field. We complement each other real well.”
Meanwhile, freshman James Cook was the only other back with a rushing attempt against Florida. So it appears — for now at least — that the running back rotation has been pared down to two.
Well, one game does not a full-blown strategy make, and I keep thinking there’s a role for a speed guy like Cook to play in Georgia’s offense, but giving Holyfield and Swift a greater opportunity to churn out Dawg yards makes some sense. We’ll see how that plays out in Lexington.