At Pinellas Park, Jordon Scott gained notoriety for his size as a 300-plus pound defensive tackle. Even his Twitter handle, @FatMac34, pays homage to his oversized frame.
Scott still sports the same No. 34 at his new home in Oregon. But he has shed other numbers (i.e. pounds). Committed to changing his diet, Scott has gone from 357 pounds to 333.
Scott has always been able to get his bulk moving in a hurry. But the new, slimmed-down version of Scott has turned heads on the Ducks coaching staff.
Oregon coach Willie Taggart, who came from USF, heaped praise on Scott during the Pac-12 media day last week. Taggart views Scott as a starter on the defensive line and one of the keys of the 2017 recruiting class.
"For a freshman to come in and grab the attention by the entire team and athletic department, he's got to be special," Taggart said. "He's got a great attitude every single day. He's a kid that's really appreciative at being at the University of Oregon."
Taggart added: "It's crazy. He moved pretty well at 350 pounds, you know, and now he's getting a little slimmer, the way that he plays and competes has been very impressive."