After winning his first collegiate start, Vanderbilt quarterback AJ Swann has been named SEC Freshman of the Week. He becomes the second Vanderbilt player to earn Freshman of the Week honors this season.
Swann led the Commodores to a 38-28 win at Northern Illinois on Saturday (Sept. 17), finishing 18-for-28 for 255 passing yards and four touchdowns. He engineered a third-quarter rally from a 28-14 deficit with three touchdowns in less than six minutes to seal the victory.
The White, Georgia native became just the second true freshman in the SEC since 2002 to throw for at least four touchdowns in their first career start. His 225 passing yards were the fourth-most by a true freshman at Vanderbilt since 2000.
Swann became the third Vanderbilt quarterback of any class to throw for at least 250 yards and four touchdowns in a road game since 1996.Over his two games played this season, Swann leads the SEC with a passing efficiency of 188.6. That mark places him second among all freshmen in FBS.
Swann replaced former starter Mike Wright in last week’s loss to Wake Forest. He scored two touchdowns and rushed for a successful two-point conversion.
The freshman joins Jayden McGowan as members of Vanderbilt’s freshman class to win weekly honors from the SEC this season. Entering the season, Vanderbilt had won Freshman of the Week honors just four times since the award was instituted in 2005.
Swann and the Commodores return to action at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 24) at No. 2 Alabama. Vandy returns to FirstBank Stadium on Oct. 8 when Ole Miss visits FirstBank Stadium.
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