Rashawn Scott endured a lot of losses during his five years at the University of Miami.
And he has a possible explanation:
“I don’t know, maybe it’s a curse on our school,” Scott said. “I don’t know what’s going on right now, but we’re going to get it right.”
You can forgive Scott if he believes in hexes. His career at UM suggested someone sadistic had his voodoo doll.
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He missed all of what should have been his senior year in 2014 and played in just four games in 2013. Shoulder and collarbone injuries have plagued him throughout.
He also served multiple suspensions for violation of team rules.
As a result, Scott had a total of 39 catches in his first four years on campus.
“I learned a lot,” Scott said. “It took a while to grow up. It matured me a lot.”
But in 2015, his fortunes changed. And so did his production. He caught 52 balls for 695 yards and five touchdowns, showing enough to earn an invitation to this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.
He is projected as a late-round draft pick this spring, but could improve his prospects this week. He hopes to run the 40 in the high 4.4-second range.
When asked what he needs to prove to scouts, Scott responded:
“That I can show them I’m a good route runner. They already know I can catch with my hands.
“Tough, physical, not scared to block anybody,” Scott added, when asked to self-scout. “Just going to lay it out for the team.”