SEC Suspends Gamecocks' Swearinger

12:20 PM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
  • D.J. Swearinger (Image Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE)
  • Safety D.J. Swearinger talks to reporters at the 2012 SEC media days press conference at the Wynfrey Hotel. Image Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE
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Columbia, S.C. (AP) - The SEC has suspended South Carolina free safety D.J. Swearinger for a game after his hit on a defenseless UAB receiver.

The Southeastern Conference's decision Monday means Swearinger will miss the seventh-ranked Gamecocks' game this weekend against Missouri.

A personal foul was called against Swearinger after he launched into UAB's Patrick Hearn while breaking up a pass in the third quarter Saturday. The side of Swearinger's helmet crashed into Hearn's facemask. Both players stayed in the game.

On Sunday, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said a Vanderbilt player was given a 15-yard penalty but no suspension for a similar hit against Gamecocks tight end Justice Cunningham.

Spurrier says the NCAA should also protect quarterbacks after they release a pass. Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw was knocked out of the UAB game. 






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