Cameron Swift

East Robertson QB Cameron Swift passes while under pressure from a Trousdale County defender last October.

East Robertson football has lost one of its most talented players for the season.

Senior quarterback Cameron Swift recently suffered a torn ACL that will require surgery.

“Three-year starter at QB and this was going to be his senior year. It’s tough,” East Robertson coach Atlee Pond said. “But he has a good attitude, and he’s going to come back better than he was.”

Swift sustained the injury in a scrimmage against Creek Wood May 10. He made a routine cut while running the ball upfield and ended up on the ground after his knee gave out.

“I went to cut and my knee and [lower leg] stayed in the same place, but my whole upper body twisted,” he said. “As soon as I twisted, [the knee] popped and I went straight down.”

The loss of the dual-threat Swift is a big one for the Indians. He threw for 1,222 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018, while also rushing 777 yards and 14 scores. Those numbers made Swift one of the top returning quarterbacks in the Midstate.

Swift had received some interest from colleges and still plans to play at the next level. He is set to begin rehab after having surgery in early July. The full recovery could take a full year.  

“I’ve just got to attack rehab hard and not look back,” he said. “It’ll be a challenge for me, but I’ll overcome it, for sure.”

Pond said that Swift will continue to serve as a captain and lead the team from the sideline this season.

“He’s still going to be a big part of our program,” Pond said. “He’ll be there every day coaching and motivating with us.”

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