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Alabama vs. Georgia: Damian Swann wants pleasant Georgia Dome memory

Damian Swann wants to change his fortune at the Georgia Dome.

Sam Greenwood

The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will meet on Saturday afternoon in the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship Game.

For one Bulldogs player, the setting has been nothing short of a curse, one that he's hoping to reverse.

Sophomore cornerback Damian Swann has played in the Georgia Dome three times in his career (once in high school and twice with Georgia) and came out on the losing end of things every time.

His first game as a Bulldog was in the stadium, a loss to the Boise State Broncos. Of course, Swann also played in last year's SEC title game, another defeat at the hands of the LSU Tigers, 42-10.

However, Swann is more than happy to get another chance in the storied dome, according to

"You never get tired of playing on that field, especially when it’s a game like this.

"It’s a great feeling. You try to take in the experience as much as possible, but every time I’ve been there, we’ve fallen short. So I want to actually win a game there. The three games I’ve played there we didn’t win, but I think we have a real good chance this weekend."

On the year, Swann has been terrific along with just about every other Georgia defender. The corner has four turnovers to his credit, including a pair of forced fumbles and two interceptions. Swann's productivity certainly wasn't a surprise to some people on the team. Per senior linebacker Christian Robinson in the same story:

"I told a lot of people at the beginning of the season that Damian was going to be the guy that was going to show up for us the most, especially now that (Brandon) Boykin was gone.

"He’s kind of stepped in that role and has made a lot of big plays for us, and several interceptions, at crucial times. I think he’ll be a big leader for us next year and I know he’s going to step up and continue to play great this year and I think he’ll make some big plays on Saturday."

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.