2017 NFL Draft

D.J. Swearinger, FS

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Greenwood, SC
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 208 lbs.
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04/08/2013 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: There were 32 NFL teams represented at South Carolina Pro Day on March 27. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was among the coaches who attended. A total of 18 players worked out on field-turf outdoors in 50 degree weather with 5 mph wind. D.J. Swearinger S (5-10, 205 pounds) - He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 and 4.65 seconds and kept everything else from the combine. Swearinger had a very, very good workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/24/2013 - South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger is one of the most physical hitters in this draft class and prides himself not only by his production, but also his NFL skill-set. If you ask him, he'll tell you that he has all the skills it takes to make an impact at the pro level. "First of all, you've got to have great instincts, great ballskills," Swearinger said. "You've got to read coverages. You've got to be able to run, tackle in the open field and play the ball in the air."

With experience at cornerback, nickelback and both safety spots, Swearinger feels ready and battle tested for what the NFL will bring. And a large reason for that is the weekly competition he faced in the SEC. "The SEC is the best conference in America," Swearinger said. "It's next to the NFL if you ask me. I haven't played in the NFL, but a lot of my past teammates say it's no different that the SEC, just more professional. I think that will be a big help with me going into the next level." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: FS D.J. Swearinger has not only proven to be the heart and soul of the South Carolina defense, but is the squad's most versatile performer. He played a key part in the Gamecocks' pass defense against two of the most proficient passing attacks in the country Clemson and Arkansas. He played some cornerback in both games. He played press man against both team's top receivers for part of each game, including Tigers standout Sammy Watkins. When he moved back to free safety, his task was to guard against deep passes. That will probably be his main job against Michigan. - The Sports Xchange

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): S - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, Sr., has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - South Carolina football

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - South Carolina football

11/17/2012 - It wasn't as easy as most people expected, but No. 9 South Carolina can still finish the regular season 10-2 for the second consecutive year after the Gamecocks beat Wofford, 24-7, on Saturday in their home finale. Coach Steve Spurrier collected his 64th victory in eight seasons with the Gamecocks, tying Rex Enright for the school record. Enright needed 15 seasons (1938-42 and 1946-55) to go 64-69-7. Spurrier is 64-37. South Carolina finished the season 7-0 at home, its first undefeated home record since 1987, when it also went 7-0. The Gamecocks (9-2) will finish the regular season next Saturday at Clemson.

The Gamecocks went up, 10-7, with 11:57 left in the game on a 23-yard field goal by Adam Yates, which capped a 15-play, 68-yard drive that followed Wofford's second lost fumble of the game. The Terriers had gone 68 yards in 15 plays, and used 8:40 on the clock, before running back Octavious Harden had the ball popped out by free safety D.J. Swearinger at the South Carolina 25 with 3:33 left in the third quarter. Wofford couldn't answer South Carolina's field goal, and went four plays and out. - The Sports Xchange

11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D.J. Swearinger, Defensive Back, South Carolina...Swearinger totaled a career-best 13 tackles (10 solos), including one for a loss, and added an interception and quarterback pressure in South Carolina's 38-20 win over Arkansas...He returned the interception 69 yards for a touchdown to put Carolina ahead, 31-10. - SEC football

11/11/2012 - WEEK 11 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, Senior, Free Safety, Greenwood, SC/Greenwood...South Carolina senior free safety D.J. Swearinger totaled a career-best 13 tackles (10 solo), including one for a loss, and added one interception which he returned 69 yards for a touchdown as the 12th-ranked Gamecocks defeated Arkansas, 38-20. Swearinger added one quarterback hurry as South Carolina improved to 8-2, 6-2 in the SEC East. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

11/10/2012 - Playing their first game since running back Marcus Lattimore's devastating right knee injury, eighth-ranked South Carolina beat Arkansas 38-20 on Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) finished league play by equaling their best-ever SEC record, set last season. With two regular season games and a bowl remaining, they sustained their hopes of matching last year's program-best 11-2 record. If they beat Wofford next week, they will finish undefeated at home for the first time since 1987. Arkansas (4-6, 2-4) must beat Mississippi State and LSU to become eligible for a bowl. Before Saturday, the Razorbacks defeated South Carolina in three straight meetings (by 17, 21 and 16 points) and in five of the teams' past six matchups. Lattimore's replacements are fifth-year senior Kenny Miles and true freshman Mike Davis. Miles ran 14 times for 37 yards. Davis ran 13 times for 53 yards and a two-yard touchdown. Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw picked apart Arkansas' poor pass defense and completed 14 of 22 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. South Carolina sealed the win with 10:41 left in the third quarter, when free safety D.J. Swearinger returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, which put USC up 31-10 and negated at least some of Arkansas' quarterback Tyler Wilson's success. The pick came on the play after Swearinger was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit personal foul. He celebrated his touchdown by flipping the ball into the student section, drawing another personal foul. Wilson finished 26-of-41 passing for 277 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

09/18/2012 - There's no controversy for South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, not concerning the status of starting quarterback Connor Shaw or the Southeastern Conference's suspension of safety D.J. Swearinger. Spurrier said Tuesday Shaw would start Saturday when the seventh-ranked Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0 SEC) face Misssouri. He also didn't take too much issue with the league's one-game suspension of Swearinger for a helmet-to-helmet hit on UAB's Patrick Hearn last week. ''Five, 10 years ago, they would call that 'it's part of football,' but it's not,'' Spurrier said of Swearinger's hit. Freshman T.J. Gurley will start for Swearinger, who had a 65-yard fumble return touchdown in the 49-6 victory over UAB. ''We're going to miss one of our brothers out there,'' Gamecocks linebacker Shaq Wilson said. ''But our defense is 11 people to the ball. We just have to go out there and be able to communicate, keep guys positive.'' Spurrier said Shaw will bring plenty of positives to South Carolina's offense, despite the injury to his right, throwing shoulder. - AP Sports

09/17/2012 - South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger will serve a one-game suspension for a hit on defenseless UAB receiver Patrick Hearn. Swearinger will be out for Saturday's game against Missouri for his hit with 5:46 left in the third quarter, SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced in a press release. "These rules are for the protection of the health and safety of our players on both sides of the ball. It is imperative that our student-athletes understand the importance of this rule. Our motivation in making these decisions is to protect our student-athletes," Slive said. Ole Miss defensive back Trae Elston was suspended for Saturday's game against Texas for a violation of the same rule -- 9-1-4 in the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads "no player shall target and initiate contact to the head and neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder." - The Sports Xchange

09/17/2012 - The Southeastern Conference suspended free safety D.J. Swearinger for a game after his hit on a defenseless UAB receiver. The announcement Monday means Swearinger will miss the seventh-ranked Gamecocks' game this weekend against Missouri. A personal foul was called against Swearinger after he launched into UAB's Patrick Hearn while breaking up a pass in the third quarter Saturday. The side of Swearinger's helmet crashed into Hearn's facemask. Both players stayed in the game. Swearinger's immediate backup on the depth chart is walk on Jared Shaw, but the team hopes to get Akeem Auguste back on the field this weekend after surgery in August on his right thigh muscle. Swearinger had a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown against UAB and an interception against East Carolina along with 10 total tackles this season. The senior posted a video of the hit on his Twitter account, writing "Big hit against uab!!!" The post was deleted just minutes after the suspension was announced. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said he would talk about the suspension at his news conference Tuesday. - AP Sports

09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: FS D.J. SWEARINGER (South Carolina) -- Had three tackles, a pass deflection and returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown against UAB. - SEC football

09/04/2012 - Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says he heard from the Southeastern Conference office 15 minutes after his Commodores left the field with a 17-13 loss to No. 9 South Carolina. He's not saying what he was told. South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger grabbed Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews' left arm as the ball arrived deep in South Carolina territory. No flag was thrown. The Gamecocks ran out the clock for the win. - AP Sports

08/30/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: FS D. J. Swearinger -- After playing half with 2011 season despite a broken bone in his foot, he has taken the mantle as the leader of the unit. As a junior he was a leader by action, now he is also becoming more vocal. - The Sports Xchange

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina...The University of South Carolina football team was represented by eight players on the 2012 Coaches Preseason All-SEC teams. The Gamecocks had two players receive first-team recognition, four players earn spots on the second team and two players make the preseason All-SEC third team. - South Carolina football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DB D.J. Swearinger (26), South Carolina, Sr.,...has been selected second team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - South Carolina football


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