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RB Scott to skip senior year, enter NFL Draft

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USF football has lost its top rusher from 2011, as junior running back Darrell Scott said Tuesday that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Scott rushed for a team-best 814 yards last season, but his best numbers came in September against lighter competition, with all six of his touchdowns coming in wins against Ball State, Florida A&M and UTEP. In eight games against BCS-league competition, Scott did not rush for more than 100 yards in any game and did not score a touchdown.

Scott, who played only one season for USF after transferring in from Colorado, is USF's third early-entry draft pick in as many years, following defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and receiver Carlton Mitchell in 2010. Scott has an NFL body at 6-foot-1, 239 pounds, though he was limited by injuries in Big East play this season.

The early departure of Scott means USF will lean heavily on senior Demetris Murray and junior Marcus Shaw in 2012, with the position becoming a major priority in recruiting for the next two seasons. The Bulls also have seldom-used junior Bradley Battles and redshirt freshman Willie Davis as options that will get looks in spring practice.

USF coach Skip Holtz addressed the move on Twitter.com, posting a simple "Good Luck Darrell Scott" on his page.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 5:40pm]

    

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