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2016 SMU Football Player Profile: DE Michael Scott

Billy breaks down SMU defensive end Michael Scott in this Pony Stampede Player Profile.

http://www.scout.com/player/189359-michael-scott

Year: RS-Freshman
Size: 6-5, 240
Position: Defensive End
Hometown: Irving, Tex.
High School: Nimitz HS

Recruitment

The more-highly recruited of the twins, Michael Scott picked SMU TCU, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, California, Minnesota, North Texas. Scott had decommitted for a while before deciding to rejoin his brother in the 2015 signing class. Scott was without a doubt a key piece for Morris' first class defensively even though he ended up redshirting. Scott was one of the first players under Morris to commit while having multiple Power Five offers. Scout ranked Scott as the No. 11 defensive end in Texas and No. 112 overall.

2015/Spring Recap

Scott spent a lot of time during his redshirt year in the weight room and instead of being a lanky defensive end, he really bulked up now and has the frame to continue to add more. This spring and summer, the staff raved about the Scott twins in general. He'll bring a natural pass rushing ability to this defense and really will provide a huge boost for the secondary if he can get after the quarterback.

After playing linebacker in high school, it might take a little time to develop a great repertoire of moves, but Scott has natural athleticism that has been on display ever since he walked on campus.

2016 Outlook

Scott is likely to grab the starting defensive end position opposite of Justin Lawler I'd imagine and provide a big boost for this defense. Scott plays with a ton of energy - something the defense missed at times last year. It's not out of the question for Scott to start off hot for SMU as he's a completely new player and there's limited film on him for opponents to study. 

For any freshman, it's a matter of sustaining that energy and with Scott's effort in the weight room, we'll likely see plenty of plays made by the young defender early in the season. If he can keep up his playmaking throughout the season, SMU's defense will be dramatically improved.

Expectations

The ceiling is a freshman All-AAC team I think for Scott this year. He'll get plenty of opportunities to make plays and develop. This is a big year in terms of defensive development for SMU. Scott already has a year in the system and will need to even be a leader for some of the true freshmen. 

If Scott can't live up to lofty expectations the staff has for him, it'll be a big disappointment. Scott will develop into a great player for SMU, but will it be this year? If it is, watch out. SMU might drastically improve their secondary just from having Scott as a pass rusher. Double-digit sacks may be a stretch, but with Scott's talent, could happen.


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