Sophomore cornerback Damian Swann notched the first interception of his career in the second quarter against Tennessee Saturday.
Linebacker Alec Ogletree tipped Tyler Bray’s pass before Swann made a one-handed catch for the turnover.
Swann’s pick was the first of three for the Georgia defense, who entered Saturday’s game with just two interceptions as a unit.
“It wasn’t the prettiest [interception],” Swann said. “But it felt good to get the first one under my belt.”
Swann said he learned to be patient this season, but when Ogletree batted the Bray’s pass, his instincts took over. The Atlanta native snagged the pass amidst Bray’s intended target and several other Georgia defenders.
“A lot of guys said they were around me,” said Swann, who finished six tackles, including one tackle-for-loss. “I was always taught to catch the ball at the highest point, so I went up as high as I could to go get it.”
“I just grabbed it, wrapped it up and gave it to the ref.”
Cornerback Sanders Commings added two fourth quarter interceptions, the sixth and seventh of his career.
“Both of the (interceptions) felt good,” said Commings, whose second interception ended Tennessee’s last-ditch drive with :07 seconds left to play. “I saw the ball well and was able to get there in time. It’s always great t help the team, especially late in the game.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt was pleased to see his secondary come up with big plays against Tennessee’s vaunted aerial assault.
“That was awesome,” said Richt of Commings’s interceptions. “I told (the defense) the ball is going to hit you in the hands and you gotta catch it. I felt like there would be times when they throw it and it’s going to hit the (defensive back) in the hands."