As a true freshman, running back L.J. Scott played in all 13 games last season and was one of four backs to record a 100-yard game for the Cardinals. Scott ran for 126 and a touchdown against Murray State.
But he still wasn't too pleased with his performance.
"It could have been better," Scott said. "I was here (for spring ball) and that helped me a lot but I still had a lot of adjustments. I just felt like I could have done a lot better."
Now, a sophomore Scott expects to show that improvement.
The 6-foot, 226-pound Scott is a strong, physical running back and is expected to be the backup running back behind junior Brandon Radcliff. But Scott is "so strong" at catching the ball, according to running backs coach Kolby Smith, that he will be used in that roll.
Radcliff could be lined up some as a fullback and throw it to him.
"That makes us a more dynamic offense," Smith said of having Scott in the backfield as a fullback.
As a freshman, Scott caught seven passes for 36 yards but he said that was something that he "really worked hard on" during spring practice and into the summer and fall camp. He caught a TD pass in the spring game.
"Coach Petrino told me I was going to make a lot of plays this year," Scott said. "So with that being said, he gave me installs: running back information and fullback information, and with fullback information you have to know a lot of the pass game.
"I've really focused a lot on that."
Scott said he was "so excited" to get a bigger role and he wants to show from the start of the season he can handle it. As a fullback, blocking is also a really big part of the role.
"I'm excited to get going with the season," Scott said. "I know I can do better than I did last year."