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Tevin Mitchel, Damian Swann look to bounce back

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Arkansas cornerback Tevin Mitchell is hoping for a more successful 2014 campaign after a rough go last season.

Arkansas cornerback Tevin Mitchel's junior season went about like his team's last year: as badly as it could have. Like Mitchel, Georgia cornerback Damian Swann wants to forget all of 2013, as well.

But both are primed to take advantage of a final chance to rectify their careers.

Mitchel, considered a potential SEC star after starting as a freshman in 2011, hit rock bottom last year when he was benched for poor play in midseason. Now? Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema had this to say, according to, about his progress in fall camp:

"Tevin physically is better than he was a year ago and his demeanor, too," Bielema said. "He is a different person in every way, shape and form. His mind is in his right place, his heart in the right place."

At this time a year ago, Swann was actually considered a potential early entry candidate for the NFL draft, but his role as the most experienced player in a young secondary quickly soured. His tackling was more consistent than Mitchel's, but he didn't record a single interception, and his coverage left plenty to be desired.

"Who can really point out exactly what it was," Swann said as Georgia's preseason camp opened, according to

Arkansas opens the season against run-oriented Auburn before playing a Nicholls State team it should handle with ease, so Mitchel's first real test in coverage won't come until a Week 3 road game at pass-happy Texas Tech. Swann's hopes of a senior-year rebound will take shape much more quickly with an opener against Clemson followed by a road game at South Carolina.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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