L.J. Scott creating opportunity to play

Freshman running back L.J. Scott has created a lot of buzz during spring practice with his powerful running and quick grasp of the new offense. Cardinal Authority has this report.

Of the many story lines that have developed during the University of Louisville's first two weeks of spring practice has been the emergence of true freshman running back L.J. Scott.

While most incoming freshman are still completing their senior years of high school, the 6-foot-1, 228-pound product of Marion (Oh.) Harding enrolled in January and has taken full advantage of being on the roster a few months early.

His work ethic since arriving on campus, coupled with an impressive performance during testing prior to the start of spring ball has created an opportunity for the newest member of the Cardinals backfield to shine.

When spring practice began on March 18, Scott was immediately receiving reps with the first team offense. Those reps have increased throughout spring practice, proving that his ability, size and determination are paying dividends.

"At first I was a little surprised," he said, further explaining that, "I knew with a new coaching staff everybody was on the same level."

"I took that to my advantage," he said. "[I] worked hard in the weight room, got in my playbook for extra hours, call coach Smith on Saturday's, got in the film room, so learning the offense was pretty easy."

His play has made an impression with the coaching staff. He's performed well in all formations and has shown good hands in the passing game.

"We are very impressed with him," U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee recently told Cardinal Authority. "Being so young - the fact that he could still be in high school right now and he's here and he really fits in. He doesn't seem like an outsider or a young kid.

Kolby Smith, the Cardinals running backs coach, added that Scott's "competitiveness" has created the "opportunity to play early."

On Tuesday, Scott was quick to credit the program's weight room staff, coaches and teammates for helping him be ready to compete.

"Right now practice is going pretty easy for me," said Scott.

"I got a lot of knowledge in my position group," he said following Tuesday's practice. "I have coach Smith, who played under coach Petrino at the University of Louisville, so he takes a lot of pride in what he does."

Scott rushed for more than 2,500 yards during his high school career and was rated as the No. 46 running back in the nation by Scout.com.

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