Fred Scott is small in stature but not in his status at J.C. Smith.
Scott, a sophomore receiver, is the Golden Bulls’ go-to receiver and an important offensive asset with 16 catches for 238 yards and four touchdowns. Although he’s 5-foot-7, 145 pounds, Scott’s productivity belies his frame and quiet demeanor.
“That’s just how I play,” he said, “I’ve always been taught to play at my highest potential.”
Said quarterback Keahn Wallace: “You can’t give any other explanation but his heart. He’s (playing) as if no one can defend him. He’s not loud with it. He’s very humble. He just goes out and plays and lets everyone see it.”
At Stone Mountain (Ga.) High, Scott’s size was a liability when it came to college interest. Division II Miles (Ala.) and J.C. Smith were the only schools to actively recruit him, a fact that has provided motivation at the college level. The Golden Bulls’ up-tempo offense sold him on an opportunity with a program looking to build its own stature.
“I always keep it in the back of my mind,” said Cook, who will lead J.C. Smith against visiting Davidson Saturday at 2 p.m. “I heard I was too small to play (Division I). I keep it on my shoulder. I play hard, but I stay humble at the same time to show everyone I can play and go to the next level.”
Scott, named to the CIAA all-rookie team last year, is off to a fast start in 2013. In the opener against Livingstone, he snagged six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-17 win. In last week’s 58-41 victory against Bowie State, he racked up 10 catches for 131 yards and another pair of scores. Even when opponents double-team him, Scott finds ways to get open.
“He is phenomenal,” Wallace said. “Just give Fred Scott some room, and he’s going to make it happen. That’s our guy. When we need somebody to make a play, we look for No. 2.”
Scott’s versatility gives J.C. Smith an advantage in the passing attack. As a slot receiver, he’s fearless running across the middle of the field as well as pushing defenses deep on outside routes.
“You can put him anywhere,” Golden Bulls coach Steve Aycock said. “He can do anything and he’s a tough son of a gun.”
CIAA coaches recognized Scott’s abilities by naming him preseason all-conference, but he’s more interested in team goals, like challenging for the South Division championship.
“Throughout my career, I’ve never made a championship or even made the playoffs,” he said. “Having stats is all good and dandy, but there’s nothing better than a ring.”
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