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Going from No. 1 football recruit to bust at Auburn, Cowart looks to get back his 'swagger' at Maryland

Going from No. 1 football recruit to bust at Auburn, Cowart looks to get back his 'swagger' at Maryland

Almost from the day he arrived at Auburn three years ago, Byron Cowart knew something was wrong.

It went beyond his inability to get to opposing quarterbacks. It wasn’t even about the pressure of being ESPN’s No. 1 football recruit in the country coming out of high school.

It went back to when Cowart was growing up.

Because he was bigger, and usually faster, than those he was playing against, Cowart got by more on raw, natural talent than technique.

But the best high school prospect in the country didn’t really understand the game he had dominated in youth leagues and later excelled in at Armwood High outside Tampa.

It took more than two years of failure...

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