'We're Going To Play NC State Football'

NC State is glad to have Miguel Scott back in the defensive secondary.

Miguel Scott, a sophomore from Miami, suffered a high ankle sprain during the Wolfpack's victory over Georgia Tech. After intercepting a pass intended for Calvin Johnson, Scott was tackled by Tech quarterback Reggie Ball and banged his ankle awkwardly against the turf.

"Georgia Tech had a good drive going," Scott said of the play. "I had to put an end to that. They were going to Johnson again, I read it right, and I got the pick. I took that boy back 35 yards, and when he tackled me my ankle hit the ground hard. I didn't get hurt when his knee hit me. My foot landed the wrong way and that's how I hurt it.

"I remember that play and the guys taking me off the field. I wish I wouldn't have missed the Clemson and Wake Forest games, but that was a big play in the Tech game for us."

Scott did miss the next two Wolfpack games before returning to the field against Southern Mississippi. Although he was concerned about the injury, Scott feels it is best to not think about the ankle and just play football.

"The main thing was being mentally tough," Scott said. "When I make my cuts, I can't think about it. I just have to do it. I had a high ankle sprain, and I had a quick recovery. I felt good during the Southern Mississippi game after I got going."

Scott, now starting at free safety for NC State, played mainly special teams as a true freshman. This year he has 16 tackles, two tackles for loss, two pass breakups, and an interception, and he is developing a reputation for making the big play.

"The season is going good for me," Scott said. "I think I deserve [the playing time], and I've earned it. I've put in my time. I'm grateful that I'm getting this playing time and experience so I can get better.

"Going out there and recognizing formations... those are keys to the game. The experience helps me get better as a football player."

Scott and the Wolfpack secondary have a tough task this weekend, as Florida State's high-octane offensive attack will be waiting for them in Tallahassee. What could be the best thing for Scott and NC State's other defensive backs? If the Wolfpack's explosive front seven can harass freshman FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford.

"The defensive linemen are our best friends," Scott said. "They help us make better plays because the quarterback is always releasing the ball under pressure."

Confident in his abilities and the talent on NC State's defense, Scott feels they will be ready for the challenge.

"We are going to go out there and play NC State football," he said. "We are a confident secondary, so we'll turn it up a notch, but we're going to play NC State football."

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