Monday evening South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said that he believed that defensive backs DeVonte Holloman and D.J. Swearinger would both forgo the NFL draft and return for the senior seasons at Carolina in 2012.
"I really believe both of those young men will be back playing football for us at Carolina next year," Ward said.
Ward did not have to wait long for Holloman's decision. As Ward was speaking Holloman was speaking as well, saying that he was going to return for his senior season. Following Thursday night's practice, Swearinger gave his decision.
"I already know what I want to do," Swearinger said. "I have unfinished business here so I already know what I've got to do."
When asked point-blank if he was going to be in Columbia next season, Swearinger's response was simple.
Swearinger, like Holloman, Stephon Gilmore, Devin Taylor, and other Gamecock juniors sent in papers to be evaluated by NFL scouts, something head coach Steve Spurrier recommends all third-year players with hopes of playing in the NFL to do. Why send in the paper work if you plan on coming back? Swearinger's reason is simple.
"It just shows me where I'm at right now and what I need to work on to get to where I need to get next year," Swearinger said. "It's just to show me where I'm at."
Swearinger, still in a walking boot Thursday, has not practiced this week, but plans on practicing when the team gets to Orlando and play in the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska in a game that will not turn out to be his last in a Gamecock uniform as Carolina goes for win number 11.
"It's a chance to go down in history," Swearinger said. "We talk about it all the time. We'll be the first team to start a trend on January 2nd and onto the 2012 season – being one of those big name teams."
Following Thursday's practice, Holloman took to the social media network, Facebook.
"Most of the goon squad gone (sic) be back next year. Going for #1 D…"
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