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Posted at 3:27 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Da'Rel Scott calls Senior Bowl roster spot 'a blessing'

By Rick Maese

Last Saturday, former Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott had only one carry in the East-West Shrine Game.

Any disappointment from his limited opportunity didn't last long. About 11 p.m. that night, his agent called and said he'd been invited to play in this week's Senior Bowl.

"It's a blessing," Scott said Tuesday following practice in Mobile, Ala. "God gave me another opportunity to help myself out."

Scott had five yards on his lone carry and lined up mostly in passing situations last Saturday. But he apparently impressed enough in practice to earn a second invite to a postseason all-star game. Playing for the North team, which features Washington's Jake Locker at quarterback, he says he expects to be more involved in the offense in this Saturday's Senior Bowl.

"I'm pretty sure we'll get an even amount of touches," Scott said. "So I'm pretty sure I'll see the ball a little bit more."

The North team will be running a pro-style offense. It's being coached by the staff of the Cincinnati Bengals, so scouts this week have a chance to see how Scott and others respond to NFL coaching.

"It's a lot more up-tempo, get in and get out, get the plays in, keep the quarterback moving, keep the offensive line moving," Scott said of the NFL pace. "I'm learning the plays good, just trying to nail it all down."

Scott signed with agent Tony Paige and has been working out in Boca Raton, Fla., with Brian Martin.

Scott said he's focusing a lot on his agility, "but I want to improve my speed a lot more, too," he said. Scott said he's hoping to run a 40-yard dash at next month's combine in the 4.2-4.3 range.

As a senior in 2010, Scott started all 13 games for the Terrapins and rushed for 708 yards and five touchdowns. His 5.8 yards-per-carry average was tops among Maryland's regular rotation of running backs. As a sophomore in 2008, Scott averaged 94.4 yards per game (second in the ACC, 30th in the nation). He missed five games as a junior in 2009 because of a broken forearm.

By Rick Maese  | January 25, 2011; 3:27 PM ET
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Well if he runs a 4.2 in the combine, he'll be a top 5 pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Da'Rel, that's not happening. 4.30 would be a stretch. I think he's got a good shot at being drafted, but nowhere near the first round obviously. Of all the RBs to come through here over the years tho, he seems to have the best chance to be a solid NFL player. He's got size, speed, agility, and the intangibles like work ethic and determination. Gotta love the story about how he uses his hatred of his father who abandoned his family as motivation each time he steps out on to the field. He might just have a bright future at the next level.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"God gave me another opportunity to help myself out."

Wonder who it was that God decided to not give an opportunity to, thus allowing Scott to receive God's opportunity?

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 25, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Wonder who it was that God decided to not give an opportunity to, thus allowing Scott to receive God's opportunity?

I'm thinking it was God Shammgod

Posted by: fushezzi | January 25, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Different subject!!!Is it true that edsall was hired before he even meet with the team????? Source..The hartford paper covering the burton thing...We better hope that Plank does not get to that point or md football is done for at least 5 years and by then will only have cash to play div 2

Posted by: carolina1 | January 26, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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