Jordan-Swilling cut from the Fournette pattern
It may sound a bit ludicrous to compare Bruce Jordan-Swilling to Leonard Fournette, but when I see the Brother Martin junior running past or shedding tacklers, this kid who wears No. 9 gives me flashbacks of the St. Augustine great who wore No. 5.
Jordan-Swilling, a once-homeless young man whom the Pat Swilling family adopted in 2013, will never achieve the offensive numbers Fournette recorded: 7,619 career yards and 88 touchdowns. Both are city prep records.
But Fournette had the advantage of being a starting tailback for four years.
In his first varsity season of 2014, Jordan-Swilling was primarily a linebacker (and a good one at that). He did fill in at tailback at times.
But he no longer will back the defensive line. Head coach Mark Bonis has handed the 6-1, 200-pounder the ball, and he’s running with it.
Consider these numbers:
In three games, Jordan-Swilling has rushed for 811 yards on 71 carries. That’s an 11.4 yards-per-carry average.
He has scored 16 touchdowns, including seven in a 68-21 blowout of St. Stan- islaus, and five more in the Crusaders’ 44-41 survival against Edna Karr. Two more would-be touchdowns were nullified by offensive penalties.
Jordan-Swilling's running style is a carbon copy of Fournette's forte. Like the current LSU sophomore, Bruce has explosiveness off the hand-off, he wastes little time finding and running to the opening his linemen set for him, and he has the speed to outrun most defensive backs and the power to run over a defender in his path when he’s in the defensive secondary.
But the real test will come on the afternoon of Sept. 26 when the Crusaders open District 9-5A play against John Curtis at Gormley.
The No. 3 ranked team that boasts 26 state football championships has allowed three losing opponents an average of 16 points per game.
A more difficult test will come on the defensive side of the ball.
What doesn’t bode well is that Brother Martin has yielded 96 points against “okay” opponents (a combined 3-8 record). So how is the defense going to stop a complicated offense that has averaged 30 points per game and dominates time of possession?
The other Catholic League members will be as interested to see what the Crusaders have in mind as am I.