Scott finding his way

He joined the Colorado football program two months ago a little overweight and unprepared for training camp. Two games into the season, he's beginning to show signs of becoming the player once coveted by college programs from coast to coast.

Darrell Scott has led the Buffs in rushing in each of the first two games this season. He has 24 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. He also has two receptions for 33 yards, but he's still looking for that first big play.

Fans got a small taste of his ability in his first two performances. He ran over one tackler and carried several more for extra yardage on one play in a win over Eastern Washington. He also hurdled a linebacker on a 22-yard play that set up Colorado's first touchdown Saturday.

"High school all over again," Scott said describing the play.

Scott said he has learned a lot from his first two games, but what stands out most is the need to be in top shape. He said he came to Boulder weighing about 225 pounds in July and has since lost nearly 15 pounds. His ideal playing weight is 205 pounds.

"Get fast quick. You've got to be real fast and you can't doubt yourself," Scott said.

"I'm getting faster each week, and when I get to 205, if I get to 205, it's going to be bad. It's going to be like high school all over again with my speed.

Coaches trusted Scott to be in the game during some crucial situations with the outcome hanging in the balance against Eastern Washington. It's a sign that Scott is on his way to more playing time.

"It's kind of an honor, you know?" Scott said. "Being a freshman and still being on the field when it's close. I'm kind of used to it, coaches leaning on me. So I try and do my best."

Football is just part of Scott's new world. He is getting used to higher expectations on the academic side of his life than he had been used to in high school, when he was a consistently good student. It's not uncommon for freshman to be overwhelmed by the extent of the demands on their time and all their new responsibilities.

It's one reason why so many freshman redshirt during their first year in college.

Scott described a typical day for us.

He has an 8 a.m. class. He hits the weight room at 9:30. Running backs coach Darian Hagan has a position meeting at 11:30. Scott has a class at noon and another class at 1 p.m.

Scott comes back to the Dal Ward center shortly after 2 to get taped before 2:30 meetings. Report to the practice fields by 3:50 to warm up. Practice runs from 4 to about 6:30. After practice he does interviews, hits the training room, gets something to eat in the varsity room and then heads back to his dorm room for homework and reading between 8 and 11 p.m.

He ends his day by talking to or texting his girlfriend before dozing off. He says it is a little overwhelming at times because he also has to find time each week for eight hours of mandatory tutoring.

"It can be a lot," he said. "Then you've got to meet with your tutors and you have a mentor you got to check in with. You have objectives you have to do and if you don't do those objectives (coach Pitman) makes you run or go out in the stadium and do something crazy."

Scott was asked what it was like to hear so many people in Folsom Field chanting his name during his first home last week.

"Once again, it's an honor. I'm glad I'm a playmaker if you will."

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