As the last player recruited and enrolled from Utah's MWC era, Kenneth Scott has been through a lot in his 5 years with the Utes.
A move to the Pac-12 from the Mountain West Conference, 5 Offensive Coordinators, 2 position coaches, 2 of the worst seasons in Utah history and 2 broken ankles. Through it all, he has remained one of the most important players on this team and right now may be the perfect time for him to make his mark not only in Utah history, but college football as a whole.
As I sat and talked to Scotty about the players he's shared the field with, the amount of time he has spent in Salt Lake City becomes even more apparent. For instance, Scott has shared the field with names like John Cullen, Jordan Wynn, Shaky Smithson, Luke Mathews and Matt Asiata just to name a few. Hearing him run down this list took me back to a forgotten time in Utah football. A time when Utah could almost do no wrong and there was never a fear of disappointment. Things are different now, and Kenneth Scott is the only player on the current roster that remembers Utah pre-Pac-12. "Man, it's been an evolution," Scott says, "I remember all those guys that played on the undefeated team. I remember the trailers while the facility was being built and only being able to get one pair of gloves. We only had one color too, gray."
Scott told me that he's grown in his 5 years
These lessons have come in many different ways
Off of the field, Scott has committed to making a difference in the community. He's spent a considerable amount of time this year volunteering at one of Utah's juvenile detention facilities. "I just want to inspire them. Hopefully something I say will affect them in a positive way. I wish I would have had some more people to talk to when I was growing up. Or even someone to be more of a role model. Maybe I wouldn't have done some of the things that I did. That's what I want to do for these kids."
Southern California's history is well known and the difficulties growing
Right now, Kenneth Scott is ready to achieve his full potential. I asked him what comes to mind when he thinks about his senior season, "It's finally here," he responds, "it's overdue even and in a way it's perfect timing. Coach A-Rod recruited me. He's the reason I came to Utah. When they took the OC job away from him, it was kind of hard, so now that he's back in that position, I feel like things are lined up perfect for this year."
Scott feels that coach Roderick's offensive plan fits well with his strengths. He even mentioned the fact that Utah lined up with four verticals in the spring, something Utah did not do a single time last season under the former Offensive Coordinator. Scott is confident in his role on this team. He's a leader. Although his position coach would like him to be more vocal, he's ready to do whatever is necessary to help his group be the best unit on the field. "I'm just ready. I just need the
I asked Scott how he wanted to be remembered and he had a hard time responding, "Man, I don't even know. That's a really hard question." I suspect that his humbleness didn't allow him to process the question so I attempted to explain how the majority of fans will remember him. Kenneth Scott is of the rare breed of players that fans and people only hope for success. Aside from his great hands, strong work ethic and insane athletic ability, he's the ultimate