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Fitting in: Transfer Maurice Swain ready to help Auburn
March 24, 2015

Maurice Swain, left, is trying to make a move in Auburn's defensive line

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Maurice Swain is an Auburn early enrollee in the signing class of 2015, and he and his fellow junior college transfers figure the clock to playing time is already ticking."

"They're looking for us to step in right now. I think it's a big deal for us getting here early," says Swain, who is big enough to play as a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive tackle from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, by way of Troup County High in LaGrange, Ga.

Swain arrived with a Mississippi Gulf Coast teammate,quarterback/receiver Jason Smith, as well as Georgia Military College running back Jovon Robinson, plus five other early enrollees.

Swain was a two-time all-state player in LaGrange,and, significantly, a three-year captain. He had 65 tackles, including 15 for a loss, as a senior.

Then he went to Mississippi Gulf Coast, where junior college "taught me how to be a man. You don't have mom and dad in JUCO. You have to fight through. It helps you a lot."

Auburn is off this week for spring break, but after the first two weeks of practice, Swain said things were off to a solid start.

"Everything is going well. I'm just getting acclimated to the system and the fast tempo," Swain said. "The defensive coaches are new this year, and they're tough on us right now. But I know we'll have a good outcome at the end of the spring."

Swain says his early start at Auburn, and a chance to go through spring practice, is "a big deal."

"I'm fitting in well with the players that have already been here, and I'm ahead of the high school players who are coming, so I have a good step forward."

He already had a feel for assistant coach Rodney Garner. "He said I've been the guy from the jump, that I'll be a key part of the defense." And likes new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

"I think I'll fit right in with the defense," he said.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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