Devaun  Swafford

13Devaun Swafford


Kingsport, Tenn.

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Height / Weight:
5-11 / 192



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  • Earned scholarship from Butch Jones on May 20, 2014
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  • Games/Starts: 12/2
  • True freshman walk-on seeing time at nickelback and special teams; played in all 12 games with two starts
  • Had an interception for a touchdown and a touchdown on a blocked punt along with 12 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass break-up in debut season
  • Just the seventh Vol in history, and first true freshman, with an INT for a TD and special teams TD in the same season and the first since Dale Carter in 1990
  • In second-career start, made five tackles at Kentucky (11/30) in season finale
  • Career-best six tackles along with forced fumble vs. Vanderbilt (11/23) in most playing time on defense
  • Recovered a blocked punt for a 15-yard punt return touchdown to key Vols' last game surge vs. #6 Georgia (10/5); that was UT's first TD on a blocked punt since 2006
  • Drew first-career start vs. South Alabama (9/28)
  • Returned first-career interception 62 yards for a touchdown at #19 Florida (9/21); became first Vol with a Pick-6 at Florida since Eric Berry -- also as a true freshman -- in 2007
  • One stop and a pass break-up vs. WKU (9/7)
  • One of 11 true freshmen to play in opener vs. Austin Peay (8/31), made two tackles

  • Coached by Graham Clark at Dobyns-Bennett High School
  • Rated two-star by Rivals, two-star by 247Sports (No. 54 overall all-purpose back, No. 38 overall prospect in Tennessee)and two-star by Scout (No. 176 overall cornerback)
  • Four-year letterwinner at Dobyns-Bennett serving for one season as the captain of the team
  • Also a member of the track team for four years and the basketball team for three seasons
  • Helped his team to three-straight Big 8 conference championships from his sophomore year as well as four straight state playoffs appearances during his time in high school
  • Racked up 1,238 rushing yards for 29 touchdowns, 350 receiving yards (four TDs), while also making 25 tackles and recording five interceptions as a senior

  • Earned All-State honors as a defensive back and was named the Big 8 Conference Defensive Player of the Year after his senior season.
  • Earned a spot in the TN East-West All-Star game where he was tabbed the defensive MVP
  • In his junior season tallied 808 rush yards for 12 TDs, and 385 receiving yards (six TDs) while garnering 30 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
  • Finished his career at Dobyns-Bennett with over 2,700 rush yards, nearly 1,000 receiving yards and 64 touchdowns

  • Full Name: Devaun Shawntel Swafford
  • Born: October 5, 1994

  • Son of Edward and Olivia Swafford
  • Majoring in Physical Therapy
  • Tackles - 6 vs. Vanderbilt, 11/23/13
  • Interception - 1 at Florida, 9/21/13
  • Touchdowns - 1 at Florida, 9/21/13
  • Forced Fumble - 1 vs. Vanderbilt, 11/23/13


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