Swindle Makes Himself Comfortable At Jones

Even though he had a very solid freshman season last fall, QB Steve Swindle (6-1, 200) finds himself still needing to prove himself and hopes a big sophomore season leading the Bobcats' potent attack will attract him some offers from four-year schools...

As a freshman, Swindle went 155 of 271 (57.2%) for 2,339 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, all solid numbers, but said he's definitely been working on some things to make him a better leader and quarterback this fall.

"A big thing for me was forcing things too much, so this summer, I've been working on hitting my outlets and check-downs a lot quicker," Swindle told JCFootball.com recently. "I threw too many interceptions last year and a lot of that was forcing some things and some of it was not being used to the speed of the game right away.

"I think it'll slow down for me a lot more, it already has been, and I'm just being more careful with the ball than I was last year."

After his freshman season, Swindle decided to head to Arkansas Tech, a four-year program that offered him the chance to be the starter, but things fell through so he wound up back at Jones.

"The new staff here didn't know me, so I had to work some stuff out with them, but it's great now and I'm glad to be back," Swindle noted.

As a prep at Oak Grove (Ms.) High School, Swindle missed half of his senior season due to a broken leg. He still managed to earn a preferred walk-on spot with Mississippi State, but eventually he decided he wanted to give himself the opportunity to be a starter.

"I loved it up there and I learned a lot from the coaches, but it's really hard to picture yourself being a starter when you're a walk-on and I liked the opportunity here at Jones, so that's why I left," Swindle recalled.

Swindle is on pace to finish up his degree this fall and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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