West Virginia defensive back Franchot "Boogie" Allen, joined the Mountaineers program because he felt there was an opportunity to play. It was important to him to go to a school where he could get on the field early and often. Instead of an SEC powerhouse, Allen chose a Big East contender.
"When I was being recruited they had told me that they were losing a lot of secondary players," Allen told BlueGoldNews.com. "That's a big reason why I committed here (West Virginia) to be honest. That played a big, big role in recruiting, playing early."
To meet that goal, Allen hasn't just worked hard studying extra film or putting in time on the practice field, he recruited some help of his own, an experienced NFL player who could give him solid football advice. That help came in the form of his brother Guss Scott, safety for the New England Patriots.
"He took me through a few drills over the summer," said Allen. "He worked with me on alignment, and recognizing receivers' tendencies when they line up."
Scott is at Patriots camp trying to make it through the final round of roster cuts. In his third season, having gone through two major knee injuries, Scott's status is far from certain. Missing additional time at practice recently, Scott has one week left to secure a spot with the team on a roster full of talent at his position. From the work ethic he displayed bouncing back from season-ending injuries before, the challenge of competing for a playing time -- or a roster spot -- doesn't deter him.
"I really don't (read anything) into playing time, as a player, you can't let those things bother you," Scott said in a recent interview. "You never know. You just prepare and whenever you get your name called, just be ready."
Scott may get one more shot at proving he belongs on a team suddenly deep with talent in the secondary when the Patriots play the Giants on Thursday night. If he's healthy enough to suit up, expect him to take advantage of the opportunity.
Labeled as one of the hardest workers on his team by his Florida teammates, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Scott built a reputation as a leader through a working hard on and off the field. His younger brother looks like he's taking the advice to heart. Work hard and be ready when opportunity knocks.
For Scott, opportunity knocks this week in New York. For Allen opportunity knocks the whole 2006 college football season at West Virginia.
Chris Richardson of BlueGoldNews.com contributed to this report.