Second team All-SEC senior defensive back D.J. Swearinger was considered the biggest hitter of the South Carolina defense and one of the team's top playmakers. Collected 79 tackles (second on the team) in 2012, two interceptions including a 69-yard "pick-six", a team-leading seven pass breakups, two fumble recoveries including a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and two forced fumbles. A Greenwood, SC, native, D.J. finished his Carolina career with 244 tackles and six interceptions. He was invited to the Senior Bowl following the season.
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Awards and Notes:
-2012 Second team All-SEC (Coaches and AP)
-Played in 52 of the 53 games over the past four seasons, making 33 starts
-Season-best 13 stops including 10 solo tackles against Arkansas and, with his 69-yard interception return for a score, was named the Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Week
What They're Saying About D.J.:
"The bottom line is when you look at the safeties in that second group -- after you look at the top three -- the fourth safety off the board could be D. J. Swearinger. I think he's a solid second-rounder now." - ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper