"I'm trying to forget last season, and the team is trying to forget last season," the 6-foot-1, 322-pound Scott said of the squad with ‘One Heartbeat' as its motto, the team that won nine games, including the Cotton Bowl. "Hopefully we'll be even better than last season."
Defensively the Rebels were strong last year and have the potential to be as good or better this time around. Gone is all-everything defensive tackle Peria Jerry, but only three starters on that side of the ball are not back this season.
"We just have a lot of heart and a will to win," said Scott, who played in all 13 games last season and had 21 tackles, with 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. "We have a lot of determination and a great coach in Coach (Terry) Price."
Scott said Price has picked up right where Tracy Rocker left off, but is also doing some things his own way.
"He's done well coming in and trying to keep things the same while making some changes for his tendancies, like with drills and some things like that," said Scott, who helped the Rebel defense rank second in the SEC and fourth in the nation in rush defense. "Other than that, most everything is still the same."
Scott, an honorable mention All-SEC by the AP last season, said confidence is a key for him this season as he heads into his junior campaign.
"I'm more confident," he said. "I've got a lot of playing experience now. That's helping me to do much better."
Same goes for the team as a whole.
"Of course we have more confidence after the season we had last year," he said. "But we're trying to forget about last year and build toward this year. We're not trying to pay too much attention to the rankings or anything like that. Just trying to keep a good head on our shoulders."
The 20-year-old Scott, of St. Petersburg, Fla., said he's been focused on improving all spring and summer.
"Just getting stronger in the weight room and getting faster," he said. "Making my body better and continuing to work to get better."
And he likes the fact that the Rebels are the hunted rather than the hunter. He knows they are putting last year behind them and moving on. He wants to be on top at the end of the season.
"We shouldn't miss a beat," said Scott, who experienced an 0-8 SEC season his freshman campaign. "There are a lot of good players out there, and we're excited about getting started. We like where we are. We'd rather be at the top than the bottom."
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