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Dominique Swope cuts to the outside on the way to a 29-yard punt return.

True freshman fullback Dominique Swope has a role that could get lonely in a close game.

He is the backup to sophomore Robert Brown, the Eagles' lone 1,000-yard rusher in 2010.

That doesn't mean he can't get involved in what GSU does.

Swope returned the first two punts of the contest Saturday in GSU's 62-21 win over Tusculum at Paulson Stadium, and each set up an easy scoring drive.

The 6-foot, 200-pound fullback did plenty of returning at Buford at 2010.

"He did it in high school and did a really good job," said GSU coach Jeff Monken. "We practice him every day, and gave him a shot to go out there and see what he could do."

The first return was good for 37 yards and set up a four-play touchdown drive, and the next, a 29-yard return early in the second quarter, set up a one-play touchdown drive that lasted three seconds.

"He catches the thing and he goes north and south," said Monken. "A couple of times, we didn't do a great job blocking for him and he broke the tackles."

He also may have earned himself a few more carries, rushing five times for 59 yards and his first-career touchdown from eight yards out.


Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.