Title: Running Backs Coach
Birthplace: Plant City, FL
Undergraduate Degree: Sociology, University of North Carolina
Graduate Degree: N/A
Life Before Coaching: Scott finished playing running back for North Carolina after starting his college career at Kentucky where he started his collegiate career. Scott started eight games as a freshman in 2000 and named the All-SEC freshman team. In Scott's sophomore year, he was bothered by an ankle injury that limited his playing time to just eight games and I guess due to being frustrated, he transferred to North Carolina. Scott was there for Hal Mumme's last year and left after one year of the Guy Morris experiment. You're probably wondering who was the offensive coordinator at Kentucky . . . Tony Franklin. Yep, that's right, the same Tony Franklin that was Tuberville's offensive coordinator that fateful 2008. Scott spent his last two years at North Carolina and as a junior, Scott played in ten games, but not making much of an impact (rushing for 182 yards and catching 17 passes for 243 yards). Scott's senior year was much better where he led the team in rushing for 796 yards for a 5.57 per carry average. Scott also caught 11 passes for 108 yards. Scott's Texas Tech bio says that he spent time with the Cleveland Browns (2004), the Pittsburgh Steelers (2005) and the New York Giants (2005-2006), but it was tough to find much of anything on Scott at those stops, although I did find a teaser headline where Scott may have been shipped off to Europe with the Giants, but that link was behind a paywall.
More after the jump.
Prior Coaching Stops: Scott was a graduate assistant at North Carolina after his playing days ended, however, Scott's only coaching stop prior to Texas Tech was at Troy where he started in March of 2007. At the time, Scott was a young pup, only 26 years old, and like most coaches, Scott demands quite a bit as a coach and had no issues making that clear at Troy:
"I am very energetic and very passionate about the game," Scott said. "I demand that my guys play to the best of their ability every day. Being so young, I can relate very well with the guys. I understand some of the things they are going through with school and football. I spent some time in the NFL, so I know a little about what it takes to get there."
Scott was asked his second year, what led him to coach at Troy and, again, it's Tony Franklin:
I was recruited by Coach Franklin and we had a great relationship. After the Kentucky coaches got fired, he and I talked all the time and he would let me know what was going on. He was a big part of me getting to North Carolina. He always said if he had a chance to hire me as a coach, he’d hire me. I got to work at the Tony Franklin Football Camps. That was a great opportunity for me. I related well to the players.
In the same article, Scott talks about how he recruits players, and to be honest, he may have learned from two of the best in Butch Davis and John Blake while a graduate assistant at North Carolina:
I’m relentless. You’ve got to be relentless. You’ve got to attack all ends of it. You’ve got to get familiar with the coaches of the players you’re recruiting, the people that are close to the players you’re recruiting, involved with the parents, the girlfriends. If a kid doesn’t tell me no he’s extremely not interested, even if he’s being recruited by the big boys, I’m going to be in on him till the end. Some of the players we got at Signing Day were some of those kids that in the beginning, it didn’t look like we had a shot. We were there for that kid because we had been recruiting them the whole way.
In 2007 (keep in mind that Neal Brown is the offensive coordinator), the Troy Trojans rushed the ball for 2,191 yards, on 462 carries, 22 touchdowns, for a 4.74 YPC. That was good for 35th in the country in rushing offense and a 182.58 yards per game average. In 2008, the Trojans rushed for 2,178 yards, on 449 carries, 23 touchdowns and a 4.85 YPC, which was good for 40th in the nation and a 167.54 yards per game average. In Scott's final year as running backs coach at Troy, the Trojans rushed for 1,939 yards, on 444 carries, 29 touchdowns and 4.37 YPC. Nationally, this was good for 60th in the nation in rushing and 149.46 yards per game.
Arrival at Texas Tech: Scott hasn't hardly been metioned at all, at least in the press. Scott's only mention was after the first scrimmage where Harrison Jeffers struggled to do much of anything (he did rebound in the 2nd scrimmage and had a terrific day).
I think you have a couple of interesting things in play here, which is that Scott started his football career playing for the Godfather of the spread, Hal Mumme. After floating around the NFL for a few years, Scott was initially hired by Tony Franklin (spread guru and disciple of Mumme) as running backs coach for Troy. When Franklin left to be the offensive coordinator for Auburn, Neal Brown kept Scott on as running backs coach and continued a version of the spread. We've talked before about the connection that Neal Brown had with Hal Mumme and that connection continues with Scott.