Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Leroy Scott
By Carter Strickland
During the summer, HornsNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Texas roster -- excluding the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class -- in our Burnt Orange Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
From No. 1 Mike Davis to No. 99 Desmond Jackson, HornsNation is evaluating the Texas roster numerically. View the entire Burnt Orange Breakdown series.
Expectations for 2013: Scott has had a difficult time moving beyond a special teams player and 2013 is not expected to be any different. Texas already is set with its two-deep at cornerback and even if Duke Thomas plays most of the season on offense, it is not likely that Scott will be tapped to be an immediate backup.
Best-case scenario for 2013: Scott is a standout on special teams. He has played in 25 of a possible 26 games in his career on special teams and blocked a punt for a safety as a freshman. What Texas needs is for Scott to continue to play that role and understand that he might not have the opportunity to play consistently at cornerback until his senior season. That doesn’t mean Scott won’t get playing time at corner. He should see some second-half action against New Mexico State and Kansas as well as possibly a few others. But his role is to be a special teams player and take the edge on the punt block unit.
Worst-case scenario for 2013: Texas needs Scott to stay engaged because it could need him as a more regular defensive player in 2014. The Longhorns will most likely lose both starting cornerbacks and are going to have to scramble to fill those holes. Scott, if he has a solid season of practice in 2013, would be in a position to be one of the backups in 2014 and be a part of the nickel packages.
Future expectations: Scott is going to continue to be a vital piece of the special teams. He might get the opportunity to see the field as an every-down player as a senior but will have to hold off some of the fast-rising younger players in the spring of 2014 to get that opportunity.