Miami Hurricanes: Is Rashawn Scott the Next Terrell Owens?
When you add fuel to the fire it only can make a situation worse.
In the case for Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Rashawn Scott, when you add the fuel to the fire it only makes the matters worse for his opponents. In fact, Virginia Tech’s defensive back Terrell Edmunds had to learn the hard way not to piss off Scott. Edmunds started to talk smack and get physical with Scott which is a terrible idea. Less than 10 seconds later Scott was in the back of the end zone standing over him and yelling so demonstrative that he picked up a taunting penalty after scoring a touchdown. Edmunds was draped all over Scott, but Scott physically fought him off and snagged a touchdown on third down giving the Hurricanes an even larger lead late in the fourth quarter.
Adding fuel to Scott’s fire only charges him up more and it gets him to play at a stronger and even more physical level than what he already use to. There’s a handful of receivers that Scott reminds some of, including Anquan Boldin, and Terrell Owens. That’s elite company for any receiver to get those types of comparisons thrown his way.
Like Owens, Scott will enter the NFL Draft with little to no notoriety because of injuries that he’s suffered in his collegiate career but it shouldn’t affect the way that teams and general managers approach his game.
People thought that Owens was too slow, only physical and couldn’t become a game changer at the next level because he played at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which was and still is a lesser known school. Those same sentences are being thrown around Scott’s game because he’s playing for a Miami team that hasn’t been nationally great the last decade, in addition to the aforementioned injuries.
Scott though this year is finally healthy and he’s showing to scouts and general managers that he’ll become one of the underrated Miami players in the draft that will have an even better career on the professional level.
Scott this year is having the best year of his Miami career and is on pace to have more receptions and receiving yards than his last three years combined. With his four receiving touchdowns, Scott already has more touchdowns than he has had previously in his career.
Some thought for the last few years has been thrown around about the players not being talented at Miami, and more specifically the pass catchers. Have you seen Travis Benjamin, Allen Hurns, Phillip Dorsett, and Clive Walford play on the NFL level?
Back in the day if Scott were to taunt his opponent on a team being coached by Jimmie Johnson, he wouldn’t have been scolded like Al Golden did. However, Johnson would rally around his taunt and would tell the rest of his teammates to play at the level that Scott was performing at. Johnson got his players to rally around the boisterous play of his players and it helped fuel them to achieve greatness. It’s also that swagger that got Miami to ultimately become one of the teams of the decades. It’s that swagger that Scott plays with that the program has been missing for a decade.
This year Miami has started to embrace more of that swagger from the past, but they’ve still got a long way to go. However, this year’s roster has been more confident than ever and has started chirping to local media a lot more about the goals that the want to achieve.
Scott is going to make a general manager very happy on Sundays when they decide to draft him because his physical game already translates to the NFL. At 6’2 205 pounds, he’ll only gain more weight and retain the speed in a year from now, barring any major injury setbacks.
Right now, Hurricanes opponents better not add fuel to his fire, or they’ll get burned.
D’Joumbarey A. Moreau covers sports in Miami-Dade & Broward County. You can follow him on Twitter @DJoumbarey.