"Both my father and grandfather were named ‘Theodis.'"
Scott is unique in many other respects, especially on the football field. At 6'3, 205, he has plenty of size. He also runs a 4.42 in the 40 and, on the track team, 10.8 in the 100 meters. That means he's not only fast, he's part cheetah! Throw in his can-do attitude and you have a decidedly unique package.
"I believe in prayer, focus, and hard work. I'm a Christian, that's first and foremost. And I love playing quarterback. Last summer the coaches had me throwing 600 – 700 balls in the gym every day."
But things haven't always been easy for the articulate signal-caller. At Long Beach Poly High School he was not the starter, yet he still found the field often enough to rack up 300 yards rushing, over 2,000 yards passing, and 27 TDs in his senior year. Not bad for only playing the second half of games.
"After high school, I walked on at Cal," he said. "I spent a season there, and made my name on the scout team. I took tremendous pride in giving the first-team defense a lot of headaches during practice."
But when it became clear that Scott would not see any playing time in the near or distant future if he remained at quarterback, he started to look for new opportunities. That's when he hooked up with coach Cornell Ward.
"Coach Ward has been like a second father to me. There are just no words to describe how important he has been."
Scott said his favorite play in the playbook is "every play." He loves them all, especially when they work. His favorite player? Vince Young, third pick overall in last April's NFL draft. "My game and my attitude on the field are similar to Vince Young's. If you take away the run, I'll pass, and vice versa. My feeling is that there's no way your defense can stop me. No way."
Scheduled to graduate at the end of the year, Scott is anxious to continue his playing career at a Division I school in the future. But for now, his entire focus is laser-locked on the upcoming season. "If I play the way I know I can play, the future will take care of itself."