Ten@10: CB Damian Swann wants to join UGA’s other dual-sport athletes

Sophomore cornerback Damian Swann is also a fleet-footed center fielder in baseball and says he would like to go out for Georgia's baseball team next year. (UGA photo)

Sophomore cornerback Damian Swann is also a fleet-footed center fielder in baseball and says he would like to go out for Georgia's baseball team next year. (UGA photo)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia defensive back Damian Swann says he wants to play baseball. The rising sophomore cornerback was an all-star center fielder at Grady High School and played travel ball under his father all his life.

“I talked to Coach Eller about it,” said Swann, referring to baseball assistant coach Jason Eller. “Coach Eller recruited me in baseball the summer before I came [to UGA]. He liked what he saw. He told me if I wanted to play it’d be up to Coach Richt and I could come out and try.”

Swann has yet to have that conversation with the Bulldogs’ coach, and right now football is a high priority for him. The former AJC Super 11 selection played in 10 games as a true freshman and is being counted on to fill the void left by suspended starters Sanders Commings and Branden Smith. Swann said he wouldn’t consider taking on a second sport until next year and only then if he’s sure he can handle the workload.

“I know it’s very hard trying to keep up with academics and football with the workouts and going straight from football,” Swann said. “It’s a lot to do. But when the time comes I’ll talk to Coach and see what he says. If he’s not for it, then I’ll stick with football.”

2. It seems dual sports have become all the rage within the Georgia football team. Redshirt freshman tight end Jay Rome this past winter was able to help out the Bulldogs’ basketball team as a backup forward. This spring, wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley and defensive end Ray Drew have been doubling up as members of the UGA track team.

Drew, a discus thrower, got his first action this past weekend at the Georgia Relays and was pretty impressive. Showing up after the Bulldogs’ three-hour football practice, Drew unleashed a throw of 170 feet, 3 inches on his first attempt. His other five attempts, which included one foul, weren’t as good, but his first one was good enough for a second-place finish behind teammate Burke McCarty (180-10).

To put that into perspective, Drew’s throw ranks No. 5 in the SEC this year and 33rd nationally. Pretty good considering he’s doing it part-time as he has to split his NCAA limit of 20 hours between the two sports. Just 13 more feet and Drew will be among UGA’s top 10 of all time.

3. Scott-Wesley, a sprinter who was a multi-time Class AA state champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in high school, is trying to make his mark initially in the 4×100-meter relay. However, the logistics of getting from Georgia’s football practice to the meet didn’t work out on Saturday and he was unable to compete.

Scott-Wesley said he hopes to get some action eventually but, regardless, he feels like his time with the track team is beneficial to his football career.

“I think it helps a lot,” said Scott-Wesley, who is currently running second-team among the wideouts. “I think it helps my flexibility, keeps my legs strong and helps me stay in shape.”

Scott-Wesley set the Class AA state record in the 100 meters when he record a 10.35-second run as a junior in 2010. But competing with Georgia’s full-time sprinters such as NCAA champion Torrin Lawrence has been a has been a humbling experience.

“Those guys have been doing it four or five years,” Scott-Wesley said. “Those guys do it all year around. But it’s good to get out there to just see where I’m at and try to get faster.”

4. Obviously Scott-Wesley is among the fastest players on the Georgia football team, but football speed is a lot different than track speed. That’s the reason football players are judged on 40-yard sprints and 20-yard shuttles.

Scott-Wesley said he has yet to race freshman Keith Marshall, who famously defeated teammate Malcolm Mitchell in a best-of-three, 40-yard challenge earlier this year. The video of that competition, filmed by quarterback Aaron Murray, went viral on the Internet.

Scott-Wesley said he did race Mitchell a while back on UGA’s turf practice fields, but he disputes the outcome.

“He got me,” Scott-Wesley said of Mitchell. “We ran the 40 and he false-started. He’s not going to say he false-started but everybody knows he did.”

The bottom line is this — Georgia has some real speed on its football team this year.

5. Georgia coach Mark Richt always makes light of his football career. But the truth is he was a star quarterback at Boca Raton High who was good enough to earn a scholarship from nearby University of Miami and has gone on to an ultra-successful career as a college coach. This past weekend, Richt was recognized for all those achievements as he was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame.

“I just loved my time at Boca High, all my teachers, the principals, all my classmates and our football team,” Richt said during his acceptance speech. “I just really loved the experience of being part of something special, and I definitely want to thank all those guys that really made that season a championship season.”

6. Georgia’s baseball team will attempt to get back on the winning track Tuesday night against Clemson. The Bulldogs had a forgettable weekend against Vanderbilt up in Nashville. After recording an impressive 1-0 win to open the series on Friday night, Georgia dropped the next two games, including blowing a lead with a bunch of ninth-inning walks on Saturday.

The losses dropped the Bulldogs (17-8, 3-3 SEC) from No. 18 to 25 in the Baseball America poll. The Tigers are 11-11 after getting swept at the hands of Virginia this past weekend.

“We both had disappointing weekends, so both teams are going to be hungry for a win,” coach David Perno told The Athens Banner-Herald. “Obviously, we’re fortunate it’s [home at Foley Field]. [David] Sosebee will start and hopefully we’ll get a lot of the same effort from him that we got against Georgia Tech last week.”

7. Georgia’s recent hiring of Penn State’s John Thomas as senior associate director of strength and conditioning and Sherman Armstrong as an associate strength and conditioning specialists represents a $140,000-a-year increase in its financial commitment to the strength program. According to personnel records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via open records, the athletic association is now paying $471,961 in salaries for its five full-time strength coaches.

The Bulldogs are paying Thomas $140,000 a year, which is $100,000 more than Thomas Brown was making before he left to join the coaching staff at UT-Chattanooga. Armstrong will earn an $85,000 salary. Keith Gray was making $45,121 before accepting a position on the Philadelphia Eagles’ staff.

8. Speaking of money, UGA’s expenses for the Outback Bowl were more than $1 million dollars, according to documents obtained by the AJC. The $1,313,283.31 the Bulldogs spent included a $273,385 outlay to absorb unsold tickets. The payout from the Outback Bowl for each team was $3.4 million. However, all proceeds go to the SEC, which redistributes profits from all its bowl participants to conference members at the spring meetings in Destin in May. I’ll have more on this later.

9. Registration has begun for the second annual NeverNX Lettermen/Alumni Golf Tournament, which will be held on June 16 at Durham Lakes Golf Club in Fairburn. Participants will have a chance to play with former Bulldogs Chad Kessler, Shandon Anderson, Willie Anderson, Rodney Hampton, Keith Henderson, Tim Worley, Coach Hugh Durham and others still to be determined. Details are available at www.nevernx.com.

10. THIS & THAT: Herschel Walker has made it to the finals of the “EA Sports NCAA Football 13 My Heisman” fan vote. Walker defeated Desmond Howard in the semifinals and will now face Barry Sanders in the final. You can vote for Walker on the EA Sports NCAA Football Facebook page. The overall winner of the fan vote will be on the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 13 along with 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin, III. . . . Speaking of Walker, they are up to 2,361 members on “The Herschel Walker Statue Project” Facebook page. . . . Georgia’s gymnastics team was placed in the Auburn Regional after finishing third in SEC Championships in Duluth this past weekend. The No. 6-ranked Gym Dogs will compete with Oregon State, Auburn, Michigan, West Virginia and Michigan State. They beat Auburn and Michigan in head-to-head matchups earlier this season.

55 comments Add your comment

Thank God for Reggie Ball

March 27th, 2012
10:07 am

vote Herschel!

Thank God for Reggie Ball

March 27th, 2012
10:07 am

(i’m not saying it)

2 SEC Championships

March 27th, 2012
10:10 am

“Obviously people prefer to win ballgames rather than lose.”
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Huh, ?

Which is it ?

You would rather LOSE ballgames, say we don’t have the history # 11 all-time in wins, want to keep the # 21 nationally wins instead after 2005, be # 6 in wins just compared to 2012 SEC teams after 2005, and as long as you say we don’t over-sign with 109 signed to his 85-man limit and only 78 today on Scholarship counting 3 walk-ons who never play offense or defense. The guy is such a scum and Alabama well they’re # 1 and want these 3 BCS NC in The SEC Nick Saban has in the Mark Richt era.

Forget that Auburn has BCS NC. Forget that Florida has two BCS NC. Forget LSU has 2 BCS NC.

We’re UGA. We do it the RIGHT WAY HERE.

No Expectations.

Everything is fine.

# 6 in SEC just good enough for us Georgia Bulldogs’ Football fans like you who don’t even go the games, just blog how we do it the RIGHT WAY here at UGA

for you. 26 of our Scholarships Mark Richt gave out for 2012 transferred out, to which YOU said to each good riddance. Yeah, we don’t over-sign and run off players here you don’t want here.

yeah, boy, I just love it how we do it – according to you. You don’t know what to tell the 65 posters who have told you we’re not like you. We actually hold him accountable on and off the field.

MOSTLY for being # 6 in SEC after 2005

you know ?

After the Jim Donnan recruits were all gone.

# 21 nation wins after 2005 Mark Richt
# 6 of just 2012 SEC teams, wins after 2005

“We’re fine.”

Preacher Dawg

March 27th, 2012
10:29 am

Speed never had a bad day… can hardly wait to see these guys get after it. Looks like the the pieces of the puzzle are coming togather nicely. Now lets hire an analyst to help CMB get the correct plays called….Now there’s an Idea worth considering….A Man too proud to admit he needs help from time to time…..Well,,you know!

Top Row Dog

March 27th, 2012
11:01 am

Swann following in foot steps of Belue and Trippi. Both men were .400 hitters during a season at school.

Wish we had metal bats for professional baseball, would be exciting to see a .400 hitter at that level.

dURp

March 27th, 2012
11:03 am

Do Trolls ever take a day off? My goodness, its pathetic.

UGASlobberknocker

March 27th, 2012
11:29 am

I am amazed as day after day the same people come on this blog and whine about the same things. These people are never happy about the state of the program, whether its 2012, 1987 or anytime in between. The #2 QB is always the best. The coach next door is always better. Our offense is way to conservative. we pass too much we pass too little. We have no strenght program, we have a bad strenght prgroam..ok now we have a good one but why did it take soling> on and on and on

GIVE IT A REST YOU WHINERS!..

Dawg Fan

March 27th, 2012
11:30 am

I am so happy to be born a Dawg Fan…..GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dawgs!

me

March 27th, 2012
11:33 am

personally, I just love it. we do so well.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

March 27th, 2012
11:33 am

He could play for both the UGA football team and the prison baseball team… Just give him time.

UGASlobberknocker

March 27th, 2012
11:34 am

I actually can spell , I just can’t type.

part two to my comment above:

If the state of the program is upsetting these same people so much…go find another team. right now Alabama is taking on frontrunners..many who just scraped the Gator stickers off of their cars..or go to Tech , they need some fans..but in the meantime, don’t be the UGA fan who is like the guy who gets furious every time he plays golf. Either accept imperfection or find another sport.

GoooDawgs

March 27th, 2012
11:34 am

With as thin as we are at DB (we have to switch Malcolm Mitchell over from WR), we can’t afford for Swann to get injured in Baseball. Focus on football & staying healthy for the season.

Dawglasville

March 27th, 2012
11:40 am

2 SEC – I think you need more fiber in your diet.

Tide is rolling – Who are all of the UGA football, baseball, basketball players in prison?

DawginLex

March 27th, 2012
11:58 am

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

March 27th, 2012
11:33 am
He could play for both the UGA football team and the prison baseball team… Just give him time.

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Damian is studying to be a dentist. He went to UGA instead of Alabama because dentists are going the way of the buggy whip in alabama…………

Newman

March 27th, 2012
12:11 pm

That’s not the only video involving Aaron Murray that went viral…

DawgInaTruck

March 27th, 2012
12:17 pm

“He went to UGA instead of Alabama because dentists are going the way of the buggy whip in alabama…………”

Lex, that is the best one I’ve seen in a while. Very well done.

Proud-Dawg

March 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

Outside of football, I would be embarrassed to associate myself with any “University” in the god forsaken state of Alabama. Everytime I hear “Roll Tide” an image of a overweight hillbilly standing on the porch of his mobile home wearing dirty underwear drinking a Budweiser comes to mind. Maybe it’s just me though

Buddy EL:

March 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

@ UGA Slobber Knocker: (11:29 am post)

You got it right bigtime. Compared to the Bama and GT trolls these consistant whiners who always know where the problems lie with UGA and how to solve all of them are 10 times worse. Fools would be too conservative to refer to the whiners.

UGA S N = DGD

JRHD

March 27th, 2012
12:51 pm

@ Lex – that was pretty darn funny.

@ 2 Sore – go root for some other team…maybe UT, you sound like a crybaby UT fan.

Buddy EL:

March 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

@ Proud-Dawg:

Mobile homes have porches???

Hillbillies wear underwear???

Those Aladamnbamians in Deliverance had on underwear so I guess you are correct!!!!

Proud-Dawg = DGD

Speedster

March 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

“Just 13 more feet” . LOL @ Chip for not knowing anything about track.

me

March 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

“That’s not the only video involving Aaron Murray that went viral…” good’n

G-Dawg

March 27th, 2012
1:05 pm

Funny how these UGA haters throw more stats on these blogs, than actual true die hard fans. Amazing how they take their time out and research UGA topics and facts. Personally, sounds like a closet Dawg fan, just scared to admit…or in complete denial. Cause you surely wont see this dawg fan waste my time, researching Bama, Gators, etc…just to prove a point. we’ll support our school..your support yours. But all this and that who sucks more…is complete juvenile!! However, if any fan wants to have adult conversations about college football…then your thoughts are very welcomed!!

Thomas Brown

March 27th, 2012
1:11 pm

Yeah, that’s really hard to look up in the polls every year and see where we made it to and see we’re # 5 in our own conference, again.

Michael Adams

March 27th, 2012
1:36 pm

Boycott http://www.thedawgbone.com

Censurship at it’s best!

Clarke County College for Girls and Effeminate Boys

March 27th, 2012
1:37 pm

why suck at one sport when you can suck at two…

7576DAWG

March 27th, 2012
2:04 pm

The money the football team makes every year supports the other 20 to 30 sports activities at UGA for the men and women. If any other sport makes money they probably only make enough to pay their own cost with nothing left over. So, the revenue made by the football team is very important for the entire athletic department. After the embarrassing 2010 year where the football team was man handled by good teams, Georgia realized to continue the degree of support the football team needed for the good of the entire athletic department they were going to have to take Strength and Conditioning a lot more serous. So, to find out that Georgia pays their Strength and Condition team nearly half million a year does not surprise anyone or it shouldn’t. If you want to stay up with the elite programs and be able to compete head to head every year it takes a lot of money and nothing can be short changed or be take for granted.

thebull35

March 27th, 2012
2:08 pm

Not a good idea for Swann to play college baseball. I coached against Swann every year that he was in high school was not impressed with his abilities to hit at the Major D1 level. And playing travel ball does not equate to being able to play baseball at that level. Was he playing ELITE travel ball is the question? And judging from my experience, he wont be able to contribute at that level. Stick to FOOTBALL and leave baseball alone.

AltamahaDawg

March 27th, 2012
2:12 pm

BuLLdawg was so proud of that post he is pasting it in multiple blogs today. Mimicking the low brow trolls is always so impressive.

Thomas Brown

March 27th, 2012
2:54 pm

Your posts are all so much better, how quickly we forget :

QUOTE

by

AltamahaDawg

June 24th, 2010 4:51 pm

“The attitude was bad, and the execution was worse.”

Pretty much 2009 in a nutshell.

2009 just seemed like the shadow of 2008 to me. Bad vibes all around.

And if you think about it, why should we have been excited coming into the season last year? Lost your big star players, the talent level not where it should have been, an unpopular staff, and a Head Coach having to spend his energy defending everybody from top to bottom, and some serious legitamate [SIC] problem areas on the field that would have been a drag despite none of the above.

2010 … this season … even if the record isn’t much different.”

PTC DAWG

March 27th, 2012
3:01 pm

6th out of 2012 teams, that ain’t bad. :)

Dawg4Life

March 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

The two sport athlete at UGA is rare. I can only think of a handful to do it on a consistant bases. If you’ll can think of more to do it since 1980 please add to the list.
Reggie Brown- Football, Track
Terrence Edwards- Football, Basketball,
Larry Brown- Football, Basketball,
Ryan Davis- Football, Track,
Albert Hollis- Football, Track,
Quinten Moses- Football, Basketball
Fred Gibson-Football, Basketball
Not to forget the obvious names Champ Bailey- Football, Track, Herschel Walker- Football, Track.

Newman

March 27th, 2012
3:20 pm

Jeff Pyburn, Buck Belue, Israel Troupe, Courtney Shealey, Maria Taylor, et al played two sports…

AltamahaDawg

March 27th, 2012
3:38 pm

Dance, puppet , dance.

mars=lifetime dawg

March 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

Ultra successful college coach. Ppphhhffftttthhhh!

AltamahaDawg

March 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

BTW, why use “…”? As I recall, there were real words there, when I said it. I wonder where they went.
Just you being you, I guess. Dishonest.

trueUGAfan

March 27th, 2012
4:07 pm

@gooodawgs, did u even read the article in it’s entirety?

Vince

March 27th, 2012
4:14 pm

Why do these people make Facebook the ONLY,ONLY,ONLY way to vote for things???? Some of us don’t do Facebook and would like to vote!! At least give an alternative.

Thomas Brown

March 27th, 2012
4:21 pm

AltamahaDawg November 2nd, 2011 4:24 pm

“Oh, I said many times in here, I gave up my season tickets some years ago.”
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Italian_29

March 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

Wow BuLLdog, Thomas Brown, 13-1 SEC East Champions, 2 SEC championships, and any other of your multiple personalities that I may have missed, you have too much time on your hands. You REALLY went and found a post from 2010 that AltamahaDawg said? That is CREEPY and almost borders on CYBERSTALKING. Dude, GET A LIFE.

Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 27th, 2012
4:32 pm

@UGASlobberknocker (11:29am)

You rock dude…….your comments are so true!!! I sincerely believe some of the whiners are fans of other schools who are trying to use reverse psychology to tear the Dawgs down. The idiot Bama fans who keep pounding CMR keep forgetting he has a winning record against Bama and Coach Satan.

Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 27th, 2012
4:37 pm

I agree Italian_29
that guy is a nutcase and so incredibly negative. I’m sure he did give up his season tickets years ago, but he failed to mention those were to his high school games!!!

Dawg

March 27th, 2012
4:39 pm

Nick Saban says he will end his coaching career at Alabama. What are we to do, damn damn damn!!!!

Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 27th, 2012
5:03 pm

Dawg, we pray he retires early!!!!

Columbus

March 27th, 2012
5:08 pm

“has gone on to an ultra-successful career as a college coach”. See what the rest of us see haters. Get out from your parents basement and expand your mind and football i.q. You havent LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT YOURE TALKING ABOUT. Young and ignorant. Not ALL of you. Most of you that havent been on this planet for much more than high school and bashing a great coach like you are an AUTHORITY and full of wisdom. ROFLMAO!

Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 27th, 2012
5:20 pm

@Columbus

You say what?!?!? Dude, you must be smoking some strange stuff!!!

Spanky

March 27th, 2012
6:12 pm

Ha! Hines Ward showed at practice dressed as a coach!!….He’s exactly what our young WR’s need!! Go Dawgs!!

AltamahaDawg

March 27th, 2012
7:21 pm

Not sure which is more funny.That you have nothing better to go with than dredging up the same thing over and over,,,,,,,,or that you pretend they mean what you say. Classic dishonesty.

But yes lets go with your thesis. YOU order season passes, and give it the hour drive, guzzle a bottle of water while walking by the tailgaters that you have said are the problem, go to the game, then hurry home to complain about it.

And some how you think you are “holding somebody responsible” anymore than myself who drives 5 hrs and spends the entire weekend in Athens 2 or 3 times a year (plus Jville).
That’s your point?

AltamahaDawg

March 27th, 2012
7:25 pm

Worse Italian_29, drug it up from 2010 and then edited out what didn’t suit his purpose. Context is always inconvenient to dishonest people.

Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 27th, 2012
7:31 pm

AltamahaDawg…….he is so dishonest and certainly not a true Dawg fan. I think he Is doing better because I recommended he take his medications!!!!