Auburn football quick hits: Ellis Johnson talks tabling of 10-second proposal, Anthony Swain

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 27, 2014 

In this file photo from earlier in the year, Auburn's Anthony Swain makes a tackle on Ole Miss running back I'Tavius Mathers. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said Tuesday that Swain has still yet to take part in drills this spring due to undisclosed reasons.

TODD VAN EMST — Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala.Ellis Johnson was unsure when linebacker Anthony Swain will rejoin the team.

Last week, coach Gus Malzahn said Swain "wasn't going through the spring" with the Tigers.

"Right now, he's working on some things through the semester that have got to be taken care of before we can even approach him," Johnson said following Tuesday's practice.

Swain, a rising junior, appeared in all 14 games for the Tigers last season, making 26 tackles (19 solo, seven assisted), including one for loss.

Johnson says 10-second proposal not part of 'the rules'

Johnson also gave his take on the tabling of the 10-second proposal. In his view, it was never about safety.

It was about each side trying to bend the rules in their favor.

"I think everybody’s trying to get their own piece of the pie," he said. "But the bottom line, it’s the rules."

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