Swain due a big game

The upcoming Peach Bowl will be the swan song for 19 Tennessee seniors but it may be the Swain Song for one Vol freshman.

First-year receiver Jayson Swain just might have his ''breakout game'' against Clemson. The Tigers will focus on blanketing Vol veterans James Banks, Mark Jones, Tony Brown, Derrick Tinsley and Chris Hannon, which could create some opportunities for Swain.

Swain already has proved himself capable. He caught 18 passes for 247 yards during the regular season, including a four-catch, 75-yard effort against Mississippi State. Perhaps the Peach Bowl will be a coming-out party for him and his Vol mates.

''I think we're clicking pretty good, a lot better than a couple of months ago,'' he says. ''Everybody's making plays and, for the most part, doing their assignments.''

Banks, Jones and Brown were UT's primary playmakers in September. Once Hannon and Swain came on in the second half of the season, they took a lot of the pressure off the Big Three.

''It makes it easier on everybody when a lot of people contribute, so the defense won't eye in on one or two people,'' Swain said. ''It helps the other receivers, the running backs, everybody.''

After blowing out Mississippi State (59-21) and Vanderbilt (48-0) in Games 10 and 11, Tennessee played poorly against Kentucky (winning just 20-7) in Game 12. Swain believes inclement weather was the key factor in that outing.

''I don't think we really came out focused on playing,'' he said. ''Everybody was worried about the cold and wind.''

Following the UK game, Tennessee got another disappointment. Overlooked by the BCS bowls, the Capital One Bowl and the Outback Bowl, the Vols had to settle for a second consecutive bid to the Peach Bowl. So, what's the team's mood in practice?

''Just win,'' Swain said. ''We want to try to get better every day. We're disappointed we didn't get a BCS bowl but we're happy that we're playing in a bowl period.''

Asked if he saw UT lose 30-3 to Maryland in last year's Peach Bowl, Swain grinned.

''No, but I heard about it,'' he said. ''The older guys said 'Don't let it happen again. We've got to go down there and play better, come out with a different result.' ''


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