No gain for Swain

A lot of people lose weight when they get sick. But the sickness that led to Tennessee receiver Jayson Swain's weight loss can't be found in any medical dictionary.

When the Vols went 5-6 last fall and missed getting a bowl bid for the first time in 17 years, Swain's discomfort was physical, as well as mental.

"It was a sick feeling," he said recently. "But we (receivers) learned from our mistakes. Now we know what we need to do: go out there and correct the little things, so we can make some plays."

One of the mistakes Jayson Swain made last season was trying to carry too much weight. He addressed that problem in recent months and is now a little trimmer than he was in 2004 and 2005.

"I'm trying to watch what I put in my body," he said. "This is crunch time now. I was about 215 pounds last fall. I'm at 207 right now. I'm trying to do what's best for my body and best for the team."

Asked what foods he misses most, Swain smiled and replied: "I miss sandwiches – hamburgers, French fries. But I had to get rid of that for the team."

Swain was a USA Today All-American at Grissom High in Huntsville, Ala. He has enjoyed a solid career at UT but has not produced the kind of big plays his prep credentials led many fans to expect.

"In high school I weighed 200 and I felt good at 200," he said. "Since I've been here I've kind of been overweight, so I've just made an effort to get down to where I feel I can make the plays."


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