If you play word association with a UM football fan and say Rashawn Scott, you will likely get two responses — suspensions and shoulder injuries.
After a breakout sophomore season in 2012 (35 receptions for 512 yards and three touchdowns), Scott missed most of his 2013 with a shoulder injury and then all of 2014 with his third injury in the same region — this time his clavicle. He has also faced multiple suspensions for violation of team rules.
Scott’s clavicle injury, sustained in a fall camp scrimmage, was a dangerous one. Offensive coordinator James Coley has previously said his bone hit an artery.
For six weeks Scott would have to sleep in an upright position because it was too painful — and unsafe — to lie flat.
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While he can sleep normally now, Scott, atop the depth chart at wide receiver, is finally in an upright position with the team.
He has recovered fully and impressed in the first five practices of the spring. His actions that led to those suspensions — a thing of the past.
“He’s acting like older players should act right now. We’re in there watching film as a staff, and he stops in with his lunch and he wants to pick up whatever he can pick up,” coach Al Golden said. “They become great when they do that and they absolutely immerse themselves into it, and he’s doing that right now.”
He has Coley’s attention, too.
“He’s just grinding,” Coley said. “He’s working hard. He’s being a gym rat. He’s upstairs all the time. ‘Hey, Coach, do you mind if I sit in your office and watch video?’ And then he’s out here working his tail off.”
Word association with coaches on Scott results in something more along the lines of “playmaker” these days.
“I’m taking that role, and it’s not only me. I want everybody else to take it,” said Scott, who is UM’s oldest receiver. “It’s that time. [I have] no more time left. That’s how I feel.”
Limited playing time since 2012 has been difficult for Scott, but he stayed motivated and kept his focus on the future.
Coley is looking forward to utilizing a healthy and mature Scott.
“When I first got here, I thought he was one of the most talented guys here,” Coley said of Scott before his “freak” injuries, as he calls them, may have derailed that notion. “I’m excited again.”
This and that
▪ Nickel cornerback Antonio Crawford missed his second consecutive practice after tweeting about his displeasure with the way he’s treated on the team Saturday. Golden continued to keep matters internal on Tuesday and added that Crawford is currently “excused.” But he is still on the roster.
Corn Elder, who could replace Crawford in the nickel, was upgraded from a red non-contact jersey Sunday to a yellow limited jersey on Tuesday.
Joining Crawford in absence Tuesday were linebackers Jermaine Grace and Terry McCray and running back Trayone Gray — a coach’s decision for academic reasons.
“If they don’t take care of their stuff academically, they’re of no use to anybody,” Golden said. “Maturity’s a big part of that.”
▪ The Canes received the 19th oral commitment for their 2016 class with the pledge of 6-1, 170-pound Hallandale cornerback Deion Jackson, a consensus three-star recruit.