The last time running back Bo Scarbrough was on the field for Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge High School, he tore his ACL in a game against Hillcrest, ending his sophomore season before the playoffs. It was the second year in a row that an injury cut his season short.
After rehabbing all spring and all summer, Scarbrough is ready to get back on the field, and what better stage than to do it against Class 6A powerhouse McGill-Toolen in Montgomery on Saturday night.
“That’s a real big game for me,” Scarbrough said. “With me being hurt two years in a row and coming off an ACL injury, I’m ready to get back on the field. My knee feels like it’s never been torn before, so I’m going to treat it just like that.
“I’m not nervous right now. I’m just confident. I know by the time the game gets here, you always have those butterflies, but after the first series, it’s just going to be on then.”
Scarbrough was having a sensational sophomore season before the injury, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pound running back is looking to build on that success and perform even better as a junior. He also has high hopes for Northridge this year.
“I want to average 200 yards per game and at least two touchdowns,” Scarbrough said. “As a team, we have no time to play around or take days off because we’ve got a tough schedule ahead of us, and we’re just getting ready for the season.”
With the first game just two days away, recruiting has slowed down a bit for Scarbrough, but the Tuscaloosa resident was able to attend practice at the University of Alabama last week. He was impressed with how the Crimson Tide run things.
“The practices, the way they do things, is great for a college team,” he said. “I see why they’ve won 14 national championships because of the coaching staff. They’ve got linebackers here, Jack backs here. They’ve got safeties here, corners here. They do all types of stuff.”
Scarbrough plans to make the short drive to Bryant-Denny Stadium for a game this fall but says he would also like to attend games at Clemson and Georgia. He visited UGA for the first time earlier this summer.