Swinton Looking for Larger Role in Offense

Auburn wide receiver James Swinton is showing signs of improvement.

Auburn, Ala.--It's not a given that James Swinton will be a significantly bigger part of the Auburn offense this season, but that looks to be a possibility.

The speedy 6-0, 181 wide receiver from Tucker, Ga., High School goes into his redshirt junior season with just two collegiate receptions.

"I feel like I am having my best preseason, but I still need to do better," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am still not happy with everything. I have to make sure I do everything right because the only way you can be sure you will get on the field is if you do everything right and they can trust you."

Swinton has been running better pass routes and catching the football more consistently this season. Auburn's coaches hope the improvement continues.

"I am working on when I come out of the huddle not having to think a lot--just know what I have to do," he explains. "I am learning how to make hot reads right on the dial when the quarterback needs me. I have been doing pretty good this preseason, but I could be a little bit better."

Swinton and his teammates have been dealing with a heat wave in recent weeks, but he hasn't had any problem so far handling the hot conditions. "What you have to do with this heat is stay hydrated," he says. "I have been drinking a lot of water. You are going to sweat it out during practice, but that is okay as long as you keep enough in your system."

The junior says that quarterback Brandon Cox has been throwing the football with more authority as a senior and he hopes to be on the receiving end of more of the lefty's passes. Cox says that is possible based on what he has seen this preseason.

"He definitely has improved," Cox notes. "In the past he has been one dimensional. He has been a guy we would send deep and let him use his speed. Now he has learned the offense and knows what to do. He isn't making nearly as many mistakes as he did in the past. He has improved other areas of his game."

James Swinton is hoping that this is his breakout season.

Cox points out that Swinton's speed gives him an edge against most defensive backs. "I know they are scared of him going deep," the quarterbacks says. "His comeback routes and inside routes are definitely open."

Swinton is eager to show his improvement on game days this fall. "I am the fastest guy on the team and I hope this is the year that I can show people that Auburn does have a deep threat," he says. "It is up to me to showcase that."

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