L.J. Scott didn't run like a frosh

Freshman running back L.J. Scott ran like a veteran on Saturday night in a 66-21 win over Murray State. Scott ran 11 times for 126 yards and one touchdown in only his second career game.

The University of Louisville football staff knew L.J. Scott was special in the spring.

Fresh off graduating from Marion, Ohio, Harding High School, Scott ran 13 times for 93 yards in the first half with the second team during the U of L spring game.

It was the same night the rest of his high school classmates were having senior prom. He ran nine times in the second half with the first team and drew rave reviews from the staff.

On Saturday night, the 6-foot, 231-pound Scott did it for the first time in a real game. And his first impression was mighty memorable.

Scott ran 11 times for 126 yards and one touchdown - 11.5 yards a carry - to lead the Cardinals in rushing during a 66-21 win over Murray State in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"It's definitely a big thing in my household to hold yourself in a mature manner,” Scott said. “I really don't think of it as not being a freshman, I think of it as going out there and just handling my business."

Scott sure took care of business in front of the home crowd. He carried three times for just two yards on Monday in a win over Miami.

U of L coach Bobby Petrino told Scott he would see more action this week and Scott said he was "just excited about the opportunity."

With just over six minutes left in the first quarter, Scott got his chance and took a sweep right 68 yards for the Cardinals. It was the start of a huge night for the youngster.

Scott scored on a 1-yard run to cap that drive, which was six plays and 83 yards. He also had one reception for eight yards.

"During the week, the coaches kept saying little side comments like 'Get ready Scott'," Scott said. "So, they called my number and so I was ready. We work our tails off Monday through Friday to make Saturday as easy as possible.

"Running hard has just always been instilled in me since I played pee wee football. My dad taught me to never stop my feet and I guess it's paid off a lot. I'm just running hard."

U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee recently called Scott a "special" player, while running backs coach Kolby Smith said he had a bright future with the Cardinals.

"It was really good to see him run hard, run fast," Petrino said. "We've seen that all spring and in practice. We just didn't really play him that much against Miami.

"But we're certainly going to need him."

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