Scott Sidelined By Shoulder

HERSHEY, Pa. -- West Virginia had six players participate in the 45th annual Big 33 Pennsylvania-Ohio all-star classic here Saturday. Unfortunately, only five came home healthy.

John Scott, a starting safety for Ohio and projected corner or tailback for the Mountaineers, aggravated his partially separated right shoulder late in Pennsylvania's 40-17 win.

It isn't a serious injury, but should push back Scott's development three months while the incoming freshman fully heals.

"My orthopedic surgeon said it was fine," Scott, who left the game with five minutes left to have his arm wrapped, said. "This happened to me earlier in the year. Then I got hit and it hurt it again."

Team trainers rewrapped the arm after the game, though no permanent cast was expected. Scott never ran the ball and seemed hesitant in playing safety, though in fairness he likely should not have competed.

Scott Catches
"After looking at it, our (Ohio) team physician said I should not have played at all," Scott said. "But I had been lifting weights and it was holding up well. Coach (Rich) Rodriguez already knew about the injury, and I probably wasn't going to compete in the fall anyway until October. But it did hurt me as far as going all out."

That date remains the same, but the 6-0, 190-pounder will not be able to lift weights with that arm or shoulder. He was working with weights daily. He will still report August 4 with fellow incoming freshmen.

Otherwise the game went as expected as fellow Mountaineers Erick Phillips, an Ohio tailback, Jeremy Hines, a Buckeye lineman, and Pennsylvania players Jermaine Moye, defensive back, Dan Mozes, offensive lineman, and Rachid Stoury, lineman, all performed well.

Check back with for an in-depth look at all of WVU's performers and other news and notes from the Big 33 Classic, as well as comments from honorary chairman Jeff Hostetler.

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