Scott Getting Tougher
When I wrote my lengthy feature on Da’Rel Scott, one thing that his former high school coaches kept telling me was how he has always battled nagging injuries. It goes back to at least when he was in nine grade. Scott was always fast and slender. Now he is fast and a little more bulked up after spending time in the weight room. After sitting out the Eastern Michigan game with a sprained left shoulder, Scott carried the ball 23 times against Clemson. Coach Ralph Friedgen said Scott took another hit on that shoulder in the second half but kept fighting through it.
“He stood by my side and said, ‘Let me in, I’m ready to go,’” Friedgen said. “I said, ‘You need to run more north-south.’ He said, ‘I got you.’ He was vocal, which is a little out of character for him. He was hurting, but he is growing up. He has come a long way since [dealing with] every little ache and bruise.”
Last season, Friedgen said he used to ask Scott to play and Scott would say, “You want me to go in? My leg is hurting.”
“Yeah,” Friedgen would answer, “you are an offensive running back.”
Friedgen now says: “I think he is starting to understand that now.”
Posted by: DONMAC | October 3, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse
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