Darrell Scott (American football)

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Darrell Scott
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Position: Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-04-16) April 16, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Tallahassee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Ventura (CA) St. Bonaventure
College: South Florida
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Darrell Scott (born April 16, 1989) is a former American football running back. He attended the University of South Florida, where he redshirted the 2010 college football season after having transferred from the University of Colorado.[2] Scott attended St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, California. Scott was considered the #1 running back of the 2008 high school class by Rivals.com[3] and has drawn comparisons to LaDainian Tomlinson.[4]

High school career[edit]

Scott was born in Tallahassee, Florida and spent parts of his childhood in Texas, before his family eventually moved to California. He enrolled at public Moorpark High School, where he had an outstanding football career, helping his team to reach the section championship game consecutive years in 2005 and 2006. In his junior year, Scott rushed for 3,194 yards on 337 carries. He also scored 45 touchdowns.[5]

In order to face tougher competition in his senior year, Scott sought to transfer to a private school. His mother and stepfather reportedly “shopped their kid around”, inquiring several Los Angeles area high schools with elite football programs—among them Hart and Oaks Christian—about an enrollment, which caused some friction among Ventura County coaches.[6] Scott eventually ended up at St. Bonaventure High School, where he rushed for 2,433 yards and 34 touchdowns. He helped St. Bonaventure complete a 14–1 season by winning the CIF Southern Section Northern Division title and capturing the Division III state championship. Following his high school career, Scott played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.


Scott received scholarship offers by more than 40 schools, and eventually narrowed his choices to Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana State. Colorado was widely believed to be the frontrunner, since his uncle, Josh Smith, was playing wide receiver for the Colorado Buffaloes before deciding to leave the program.[7] However, with Jamaal Charles leaving for the 2008 NFL Draft, Scott instantly increased his interest in the Texas Longhorns.[8] Scott then gave Texas a private commitment, which changed after Texas running backs coach, Ken Rucker, became the team’s director of high school relations and player development.[9] Scott announced his decision to attend Colorado during a news conference at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim on National Signing Day.[10][11] His decision was carried live on ESPNU. Scott was the highest rated football recruit to attend Colorado since Marcus Houston of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver came to Boulder as part of the 2000 class.

College career[edit]

Scott played at tailback for the 2008 Colorado Buffaloes as a true freshman. Phil Steele's College Football, based on his prep accomplishments, selected him to its preseason second-team All-Big 12 squad, while the Sporting News selected him as the Big 12’s top impact freshman and Lindy’s Big 12 Football tabbed him as the Offensive Newcomer of the Year in the conference.

In his first game for the Buffaloes, Scott rushed for 54 yards on 11 carries and scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard jump with 2:14 left in the game.[12] He finished his freshman season with 343 rushing yards off of 87 carries.[13]

After drawing only one running play in Colorado's 2009 season opening loss to Colorado State, Scott told The Denver Post that he wanted more carries.[14]

On November 3, 2009, Scott announced his intention to transfer to UCLA, because of his lack of playing time at Colorado.[15] His uncle Josh Smith left Colorado for UCLA before the summer of 2009. Further, the Los Angeles Times cited unnamed sources within the Bruins’ program that UCLA was not interested in landing Scott, since they already had five tailbacks, and a commitment from former four-star recruit Malcolm Jones.[16]

Scott paid an official visit to the University of Cincinnati on March 11–12, 2010.[17] On June 22, 2010, he decided to transfer to the University of South Florida, where he had two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2010 season as a transfer.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 18 in 231 lb 32 in 8 14 in 4.69 s 4.27 s 7.10 s 31 12 in 9 ft 9 in 18 reps
All values from NFL Combine, except for 20-ss, 3-cone, Broad, and BP, which are from South Florida Pro Day.[18]

Scott decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and entered the 2012 NFL Draft.[19] He was projected to go undrafted by Sports Illustrated,[20] which he ultimately did. He was signed immediately after the draft by the Dallas Cowboys.[21] Scott was cut after the 2012 season without having played a down.


  1. ^ "Scott given national honor". Ventura County Star. 2008-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b Meisler, Natalie (June 23, 2010), "Scott picks South Florida", Denver Post .
  3. ^ Rivals.com running backs 2008
  4. ^ CSTV Feature on Darrell Scott entitled “The Next LaDainian Tomlinson” on YouTube
  5. ^ MaxPreps.com: Change of Scenery for Nation's Top Back
  6. ^ Eads, Derry (2007-12-25). "Scott not a popular player among county coaches". Ventura County Star. 
  7. ^ Meisler, Natalie (2008-01-17). "CU in running for top back". Denver Post. 
  8. ^ Trubow, Alan (2008-01-03). "Scott: Jamaal leaving changes things". Austin American-Statesman. 
  9. ^ Evans, Thayer (2008-02-07). "A Prize Recruit’s Thinking Cap". New York Times. 
  10. ^ "RB Scott to finally end suspense". Denver Post. 2008-02-06. 
  11. ^ Scout.com: Great Scott! Darrell Is A Buffalo
  12. ^ Dempsey, Chris (2008-08-31), "Scott's CU days off and running: Coming-out party for Buffaloes' star recruit a smash", Denver Post 
  13. ^ Darrell Scott #2 RB 
  14. ^ Kensler, Tom (September 9, 2009), "CU tailback Scott wants more carries", Denver Post 
  15. ^ Kensler, Tom (November 4, 2009), "CU tailback Scott plans switch to UCLA", Denver Post 
  16. ^ Ridgell, Patrick (November 6, 2009), "Still waiting and wondering about CU's Simmons", Longmont Times-Call .
  17. ^ Adams, Tim (March 13, 2010), "Cincinnati Bearcats in mix for big talent", Bearcatlair.com .
  18. ^ http://www.profootballweekly.com/prospects/player/darrell-scott-20/
  19. ^ Running back Darrell Scott to enter NFL draft after one year with USF Bulls
  20. ^ "Darrell Scott". CNN. 
  21. ^ "Cowboys agree to terms with South Florida RB Darrell Scott and SMU WR Cole Beasley". Dallas Morning News. April 28, 2012. 

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