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home : sports : collegiate May 27, 2016

11/11/2012 1:12:00 PM
Swearinger receives national honor
Greenwood native named national defensive player of the week
DJ Swearinger. (Photo courtesy of the University of South Carolina)
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DJ Swearinger. (Photo courtesy of the University of South Carolina)

University of South Carolina senior defensive back D.J. Swearinger was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, it was announced today.

Swearinger, a 6-0, 210-pounder from Greenwood, S.C., 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.

The SEC swept the weekly awards, as Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was named the National Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a win over top-ranked Alabama.

This is the ninth year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Patrica Gilchrist


Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Jazz Williams


Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Joe D.

Is this “national honor” based on the amount of personal fouls a player racks up in a game?

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: John K

As a gamecock fan and a Greenwood resident I am proud, but also ashamed. Why the three 15yd penalties? You are better than that. I know the first one was questionable, but the next two were not. Come on DJ, you are better than that.

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