August 13, 2008

Two-a-day Insider: Senior WR stepping up

Auburn WR James Swinton has come a long way. For the first four years of his career, Swinton was an afterthought on Auburn's receiver depth chart, totaling three catches for 39 yards over the past three seasons.

What a difference a new offense makes.

So far, Swinton has been Auburn's best receiver during two-a-days, according to outside receivers coach Greg Knox.

"He's probably having the best camp of anyone out there," said Knox. "We's working hard, he's doing all the little things we've asked him to do. I'm really proud of him going into his senior year - it seems like he's ready to take advantage of it."

It's a big change for a player who struggled to make an impact in three seasons under former coordinator Al Borges. Knox says the switch to Tony Franklin's spread offense has been huge for Swinton's confidence, and Swinton agrees.

He says it's all due to confidence. In the past, Swinton struggled to shake off the effects of a bad play or a route-running mistake. But Franklin's offense doesn't give receivers a chance to worry about mistakes. Instead, they just move on to the next play, and another chance to make a play.

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