Gator returns home… as it should be

It’s always nice when Gator Greats come home to visit The Swamp. It’s even better when they come back to work in The Swamp. Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Tuesday that two-time second team All-SEC defensive tackle Ian Scott would be working with Florida as a defensive graduate assistant this season. There is something just right about that.

The guy that left early for the NFL will now spend more time in the program and head coach Jim McElwain is happy to have him back.

"We are excited to have Ian back home in Gainesville,” McElwain said in a release by the program. “His understanding of what it means to be a Gator and the plan needed to be successful will be invaluable to our players.”

Scott comes to Florida from the position of a defensive assistant at Daniel HS in Central, South Carolina and is looking forward to this step that will further elevate his coaching career.

"I am extremely excited to be back in Gainesville and with the University of Florida family once again. The culture around this University and program is really special and I'm thrilled to work with Coach McElwain and his staff."

Born and raised in Gainesville, Scott was a High School All-American at Gainesville High who played for the Gators between 1999 and 2002.  He tallied 23 starts in those three years with 120 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 18 tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and five pass deflections.

Scott entered his name in the NFL Draft after his junior season, forgoing his senior season to play professional football. After being drafted by the Chicago Bears where he played for four seasons, he spent the next four years on three different teams. He had a seven year career in the NFL with 47 starts, 112 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception.

Scott finished his degree at Florida in 2012, earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Scott then spent time as a Business Analyst for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and he worked as an Industrial Engineer for Michelin North America.

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