Desmond Scott Will Play Against Central

Head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Tuesday that prized running back recruit Desmond Scott will play on Saturday against North Carolina Central. The unexpected move will forfeit Scott's redshirt status for the 2009 season.

The speedy back, a former four star recruit, has been practicing with the first and second team offenses over the past week, but the decision to play him against Central was apparently made over the weekend.

"He's performed well at practice," said Cutcliffe. "He's learned how to work at this level, and he's ready."

One underlying reason for giving Scott time could be the health of senior Re'quan Boyette who left the Kansas game with an undisclosed injury. Boyette, who also drew duty on special teams, may not play this weekend given the game's minimal impact on the season as a whole (not counting towards post season eligibility).

Measuring out at 5'10 and 185 pounds, Scott was rated as the 30th best RB in the country according to Scout. As a senior at Hillside High in Durham he logged 256 carries for 2,249 yards and 24 touchdowns while catching 30 passes for 532 yards and five more scores.

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