Orlando Scandrick: Just a chance

Orlando Scandrick is used to following the unbeaten path. Growing up in Los Alamitos, Calif., outside of Los Angeles, Scandrick loyally followed the San Francisco 49ers — specifically cornerback Deion Sanders, after whom he tries to pattern his game.

CB Orlando Scandrick

While friends and teammates headed off to west coast schools to play collegiately, Scandrick headed to … Boise State?

Despite the success the Broncos have enjoyed in recent years, Boise State isn't a typical destination for L.A.-area players. The choice boiled down to nothing more than playing time.

"I wanted a chance to play early," Scandrick said, "and they told me I'd have an opportunity to play as a freshman, which I did. When they recruited me, they said they wanted someone fast at that (cornerback) position, and then when I got there, my coach was a real technician, so that helped me get better."

The slender (5-10, 192 pounds) Scandrick was considered a marginal pro prospect until he went to the NFL combine, and blew up some stopwatches with a 4.32 time in the 40-yard dash. All of a sudden, he was a draftable player.

Scandrick is a better cover corner than his statistics (four interceptions in three seasons) indicate, but he knows that his speed is the primary asset that got him drafted. Now he has to absorb what the coaches teach him … as fast as possible.

"I think I'm doing pretty good so far," he said. "The main thing I have to do is try to get better every day. I know I'm young, but I can take coaching, so I just need to listen and try to get better every day."

With Terence Newman, Anthony Henry, Mike Jenkins and perhaps Adam "Pacman" Jones, there's no assurance that Scandrick will make the team, but as long as he's fast, he has a chance. He admits that he actually misses Boise State and its legendary blue turf field, but now that he's a Cowboy, he intends to stick around.

"I had great coaches at Boise State, and I learned a lot from them," Scandrick said. "Now I have professional coaches, so I'm going to do the same thing — learn everything they tell me."


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