Da'Rel Scott calls Senior Bowl roster spot 'a blessing'
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.
| January 25, 2011; 3:27 PM ET
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