Thursday, August 7, 2014

Swann's song

Hard not to be happy for Damian Swann. After his sophomore season, if you had told me he'd be around for the 2014 campaign I would've been surprised. Glad he is. And even more pleased he gets a fresh start with this guy:
“Who wouldn’t want to play for Pruitt?,” Swann said. “He’s done it before.”
The player and coach seem to be a good match so far.
Pruitt, speaking earlier this week, named Swann as the only player so far in the secondary playing “the way it’s supposed to be played in the secondary.”
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Swann has played cornerback and the star nickel back position and Pruitt said he’s capable of playing anywhere in the secondary.
“Damian’s very smart,” Pruitt said. “Football comes easy to him. He’s got a very high IQ for football. He’s very instinctive. He’s got good ball skills. He’s got good initial quickness, can change direction. He’s got a chance to be a solid player.”
After all the attrition back there and with all the young faces, I sometimes picture Coach Pruitt as trying to herd kittens. Hopefully that mental image is greatly exaggerated. Regardless, I'm sure the new defensive coordinator is glad to have someone like Swann showing those guys where the bar is set to clear if they'd like some playing time.