Brentwood Academy quarterback Tyler Swafford ready to lead

Brentwood Academy quarterback Tyler Swafford ready to lead

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Brentwood Academy quarterback Tyler Swafford ready to lead

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Tyler Swafford has started only one game as Brentwood Academy’s quarterback, but once the Eagles’ season ended in the Division II-AA semifinals last November, he knew this would be his team in the fall.

This weekend, the senior is leading Brentwood Academy in the 2013 Music City Classic, a seven-on-seven football passing camp at Vanderbilt that ends today.

The quick reads and matchups won’t be anything like football this fall, but they serve as a good warm-up for Swafford and other area quarterbacks to get ready for Friday nights.

“These camps are good for a couple of reasons,” said Brentwood Academy offensive line coach and former Titan (1998-2004) Jason Mathews. “For a quarterback it puts them in a semi-game situation without pressure, but you can see their decision process and you can kind of see their arm and what kind of throws they can make, and what kind of throws they can’t make.”

Swafford is ready for the challenge of leading the Eagles this fall, but he knows he has big shoes to fill at quarterback. Max Staver, who threw for 1,944 yards and 18 touchdowns a year ago, is now at Florida.

“When I came to BA, I didn’t know I’d just get to play my senior year, but I knew I was going to have to compete my butt off,” Swafford said.

Brentwood Academy will also be without receiver/defensive back Jalen Ramsey, who is now at Florida State, and top running back D’Montre Wade, now at Murray State. That means the Eagles will be looking for some new playmakers this fall.

“If you look at our offensive highlights from last year, one of those three players was in probably about 90 percent of them,” Mathews said. “It’s not a ‘poor us, poor us,’ but I will bet that 60 to 70 percent of our offense is gone with signing day.”

Swafford doesn’t look at the players who graduated and feel sorry for himself. He knows Brentwood Academy is expected to win and hasn’t brought home a state championship since the Eagles won their 10th in 2006.

“We still have an amazing group of wide receivers,” Swafford said of the unit led by C.J. Sanders and Brandon Taylor. “The receiving core is as good as you could ask for.”

To begin the season, though, Swafford’s coaches are realistic.

“When you have a blank slate like this, it can go either way,” Mathews said. “If he comes out and throws four interceptions, well, we’re going to start looking at the next kid. So there is some pressure.”

“I like playing under pressure, I always have,” Swafford said. “I think we’re just going to have fun this season and see where it takes us.”

SEVEN-ON-SEVEN TOURNAMENTS

VANDERBILT MUSIC CITY CLASSIC

When: Finishes today

Teams: MBA, Wilson Central, Independence, Lipscomb Acad., Ravenwood, Page, Hickman Co., East Nashville, Brentwood Acad., DeKalb Co., Fairview, Hillsboro, Northeast and Trousdale Co. are among 30 teams participating.

BORDER WARS

When: Today

Where: South Warren in Bowling Green, Ky.

Teams: Gallatin, Mt. Juliet, Pope John Paul II, Smith Co., Springfield, White House-Heritage and 10 Kentucky teams

MTSU RICK STOCKSTILL

When: Today

Teams: Austin (Ala.), BGA, Brentwood, Cane Ridge, Antioch, Clarksville, Collinwood, Columbia Acad., DeKalb Co., Franklin, Hopkinsville (Ky.), Macon Co. Marshall Co., McCallie, Oakland, Page, Shelbyville, Siegel, St. Benedict, Sycamore, Tullahoma, Union City, Upperman, Walker (Ala.), Watertown, Whites Creek

MARYVILLE COLLEGE EAST TENNESSEE

When: Today

Teams: Cookeville, Livingston Acad. and 32 mainly East Tennessee teams

HOUSTON CO.

When: Monday

Teams: Houston Co., Todd Co. (Ky.), Creek Wood, West Creek, Northwest, Montgomery Central

WAYNE CO.

When: Monday

Teams: Cornersville, Wayne Co., Collinwood, Wilson (Ala.), Decatur Co. Riverside

TROUSDALE CO.

When: Tuesday

Teams: Station Camp, Mt. Juliet, Pope John Paul II, Trousdale Co., Red Boiling Springs, Cane Ridge, Beech, Portland, Riverdale, Warren Central (Ky.)

TENNESSEE TECH FCA

When: Tuesday-Thrusday

Teams: Fairview, Grace Chr., Locust Grove (Ga.), Pearl-Cohn, Smyrna, Holston, Mt. Pleasant, Loretto, David Crockett, Page, John Battle (Va.)

INDEPENDENCE

When: Wednesday

Teams: Cane Ridge, Independence, Summit, Page, Fairview

CLARKSVILLE

When: Friday

Where: Clarksville High School

Teams: Montgomery Central, Houston Co., Clarksville Acad., Clarksville, Northeast

TENNESSEE TECH WATSON BROWN

When: Friday

Teams: Cleveland, Sequatchie Co., Baylor, Pickett Co., Jackson Co., Livingston Acad., Watertown, DeKalb Co., Cookeville

AUSTIN PEAY

When: July 20

TENNESSEE STATE MUSIC CITY SHOOTOUT

When: July 20

Teams: List won’t be finalized until Monday.

RAVENWOOD

When: July 20

Teams: Siegel, Blackman, Page, Centennial, Portland, Hillsboro, Brentwood, Ravenwood, Oakland

TENNESSEE-MARTIN

When: July 20

COLLINWOOD

When: July 22

Teams: Collinwood, Wilson (Ala.), Loretto, Wayne Co., Decatur Co. Riverside

LINCOLN CO.

When: July 23

Teams: Spring Hill, Marshall Co., Huntsville (Ala.), Buckhorn (Ky.), Hazel Green (Ala.)

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