Evaluating Darrell Scott's Performance Saturday

So how did Darrell Scott's first chance at getting a bulk of the carries go? Decent. Scott definitely had his moments especially on the game changing drive to open the third quarter where he handled the bulk of the load including the 37 yard rush down the sideline. You can see from the chart below that Scott mixed in a few 5+ yard runs but we are still seeing a ton of negative rushes and "less than 3 yard" carries. Sometimes it's due to his impatience in the running game but most of the time it has to do with a young and banged up offensive line. Take away the 37 yard run to start the second half and Scott averaged 2.78 ypc. But we did see promise in the third quarter from Scott. I think we will have to wait until next year, though, to really assess Scott for a variety of reasons. First of all, he is a freshman who in high school was the best talent on the field by a long shot. He was faster and stronger than everyone so he could run through people and around everyone. Since that was the case, he has to "re-learn" waiting for holes to open up and patience in the running game. Second, the Buffs still aren't committed to him. You look at the first half, the Buffs only tried to pound Scott from the shotgun set and with little success in the passing game, they forgot about RB Darrell Scott. One thing the Buffs are also doing is hinting run and pass. When Scott is out, it is usually a pass, when he is in, it is usually a run. One of the best things Scott did early in the season was getting involved in the passing game. Where has that gone? I understand Sumler is a better blocker but they need to get Scott the ball on screen plays and out in space. Scott did well in the third quarter is they final got him off tackle. His two longest runs were over the right tackle. Another reason we have to wait to evaluate Scott is his obvious injury problem and the team's injury issues. You could tell that Scott had no burst on the 37 yard run to get around the safety. He looked like he easily had a touchdown but was caught at an angle. Next year, that won't happen. The Buffs get back OT Ryan Miller and OG Max Tuioti-Mariner next year, coupled with incoming recruit Jack Harris, red shirt OG Bryce Givens and a line that has one more year of experience. I think the Buffs will be head and shoulders ahead of where they are now which will give Scott more opportunity to run in space and not get tackled so often behind the line of scrimmage.

The great thing about Scott is he seems very mature and he wants the ball. He will get over this injury spat and the offensive line will get better. Will the play calling? I don't know but if Cody Hawkins or whoever at quarterback can make some plays in the passing game, the Buffs are going to see a lot more 5+ yard runs from Scott next year.

Down and Dist
Play Description
1st and 15 at ISU 46 Darrell Scott rush for 3 yards to the IowSt 43, tackled by Jesse Smith and James Smith.
DRIVE TOTALS: CU drive: 8 plays 20 yards, 03:07 CU FGA
 
Colorado at 6:04
1st and 10 at ISU 32 Darrell Scott rush for 6 yards to the IowSt 26, tackled by Jesse Smith and James Smith.
2nd and 4 at ISU 26 Darrell Scott rush for 2 yards to the IowSt 24, tackled by Jesse Smith and Nate Frere.
3rd and 2 at ISU 24 Darrell Scott rush for 7 yards to the IowSt 17, tackled by James Smith for a 1ST down.
2nd and 3 at ISU 10 Darrell Scott rush for a loss of 2 yards to the IowSt 12, tackled by Singleton and Tate.
DRIVE TOTALS: CU drive: 7 plays 20 yards, 03:09 CU FGA
 
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER
1st and 10 at COL 6 Darrell Scott rush for 3 yards to the Colo 9, tackled by James Smith.
2nd and 7 at COL 9 Darrell Scott rush for a loss of 3 yards to the Colo 6, tackled by Nate Frere.
1st and 10 at COL 32 Darrell Scott rush for 2 yards to the Colo 34, tackled by Kurtis Taylor and Fred Garrin.
DRIVE TOTALS: CU drive: 8 plays 51 yards, 00:00 CU INT
 
END OF THE SECOND QUARTER
1st and 10 at COL 37 Darrell Scott rush for 8 yards to the Colo 45, tackled by James Smith and Cameron Bell.
2nd and 2 at COL 45 Darrell Scott rush for 37 yards to the IowSt 18, tackled by James Smith for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at ISU 18 Darrell Scott rush for 6 yards to the IowSt 12, tackled by Parker and McDowell O of B
2nd and 4 at ISU 12 Darrell Scott rush for no gain to the IowSt 12, tackled by Jesse Smith.
1st and Goal at ISU 6 Darrell Scott rush for 2 yards to the IowSt 4, tackled by Kurtis Taylor and Jesse Smith.
3rd and Goal at ISU 4 Darrell Scott rush for no gain to the IowSt 4, tackled by Chris Singleton.
DRIVE TOTALS: CU drive: 9 plays 63 yards, 05:10 CU TD
 
Colorado at 9:44
1st and 10 at COL 16 Darrell Scott rush for 2 yards to the Colo 18, tackled by Jesse Smith.
2nd and 3 at ISU 32 Darrell Scott rush for 2 yards to the IowSt 30, tackled by Josh Raven.
3rd and 1 at ISU 30 Darrell Scott rush for 8 yards to the IowSt 22, tackled by Smith and Lyle for a 1ST down.
DRIVE TOTALS: CU drive: 9 plays 84 yards, 04:18 CU TD
 
2nd and 10 at COL 25 Darrell Scott rush for no gain to the Colo 25, tackled by Fred Garrin.
DRIVE TOTALS: CU drive: 3 plays 0 yards, 01:03 CU PUNT
 
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER
2nd and 10 at COL 5 Darrell Scott rush for 4 yards to the Colo 9, tackled by Smith and Ruempolhamer.
DRIVE TOTALS: CU drive: 3 plays 4 yards, 01:02 CU PUNT
 
END OF THE FOURTH QUARTER

 

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