Friday, September 18, 2009
LSU's Scott is the epitome of unselfish
By Chris Low
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
The early season award for the most unselfish player in the SEC has to go to LSU senior running back Charles Scott.
We’re talking about a guy who rushed for 1,174 yards and 18 touchdowns last season and was the second leading returning rusher in the league.
But with an obvious void at fullback, Scott went to LSU coach Les Miles and offered to sub in as a blocker for Keiland Williams, who leads the Tigers in rushing through two games with 123 yards on 17 carries.
Williams has been able to rip off some key runs with Scott leading the way at fullback. Scott is still getting his chances, too. He has 101 yards rushing on 25 carries through two games.
This isn’t something that just came about, either.
Scott, who’s built like a fullback with his hulking 235-pound frame, told me back in March during spring practice that he was willing to do whatever it took for the Tigers to get back to the SEC Championship Game.
If that meant playing some fullback, so be it.
“I don’t mind at all putting my hand in that dirt,” Scott said. “You look at people like Jacob Hester and everything he did and following in his shoes. We’ve got to have more of that, more of doing whatever it takes for this team to win. If I need to get to fullback and block, I don’t mind that at all. I can handle anything they want to give me.”
Well, he’s walking the walk this season, and Miles said the Tigers would continue to use Williams and Scott some in the same backfield the rest of the way.
College football needs more guys like Charles Scott. He’s a refreshing reminder of how much fun it is to play on a team when nobody cares who gets the credit.