A former walk-on, Swafford is having a great camp. He played in all 12 games last season as a true freshman and scored on a blocked punt return and interception return. He lined up at nickelback last season but has been working with the safeties in this fall. He’s faster than McNeil and the staff really likes his work ethic. Swafford has been burned a couple of times in practice only to show excellent closing speed and break up the pass attempt. If the season started today, he’d start at safety. He’s still learning the position but looks to be an upgrade over what McNeil brought to the field last year.
Quotable: “Swafford and I are very close, I feel like we work well together. He’s a playmaker and has a lot of athletic abilities. It’s fun playing back there with him.” – Brian Randolph