A quarterback coming out of high school, SMU freshman safety James Scott has been working hard. Up 15 pounds of muscle, from his days at Houston Strake Jesuit, Scott will look to make an impact in 2010 with the graduation of Rock Dennis.
"I'm anxious to James Scott on the field. I think he is a player. He was on Scout team defense and I get a feel for those guys when I'm telling them what to do. It's going to be fun for him to get a whole bunch of reps, because we don't a veteran guy there," said June Jones to PonyStampede.com. "We have a need at safety losing Rock. He may play. So we need to get him in there."
The Scout.com 101st ranked safety in the 2009 recruiting class, it looked like Scott might make an impact last season as a true freshman. But, eventually the coaches felt the Houston product would be better served red-shirting and gaining weight.
So what has Scott found to be the most challenging task at the next level?
"The school work is more of a challenge. You have to be on top of whats going on so that you do not get left behind. It is always harder to catch up," said the freshman safety. "This also is the case for football. You have to fight for a spot because it will not be handed to you. Once you get where you want to be you cannot relax because there is always someone else fighting for the spot that you are in."
"Being a college student athlete is a challenge, but I am up for the it. This is just like a job and my goal is too be successful inside the classroom and on the field," said Scott. "Ryan Smith and Chris Banjo they always answer my questions when I need help with something. They even make sure I am on top of my studies."