Scott named co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week

After a breakout performance, Indiana’s Stevie Scott has been named the Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week.

Scott rushed for 204 yards on 31 carries (a 6.6 average per carry) with his first career touchdown, a 40-yard run, in the Hoosiers’ home-opening 20-16 victory over Virginia on Saturday. His 204 yards are the second-most for an IU true freshman back, three shy of Anthony Thompson’s mark set vs. Wisconsin on Nov. 1, 1986.

Scott became the first Indiana back to surpass 200 yards since Devine Redding in the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl, and his 31 rushes are the most for a Hoosier true freshman since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (35 on Nov. 22, 2003).

Scott, who lost just one yard on his 31 attempts, is the 15th IU player to reach 200 yards and the 12th true freshman to surpass 100 yards.


  1. Congratulations, young man. Well deserved!

    Stay healthy and on the straight and narrow, and you’ll be playing in the NFL in a few years.

    Great get for IU recruiting.

  2. Wow.

    You just never know what you’re gonna get.

    Possibly one of the most important life lessons this young man could ever get came from the guy who was projected to start this season. I hope he was paying attention.

  3. Encouraging as this is, it remains that there’s probably a half-dozen other freshman backs in the Big Ten east who are just as good as Scott but will never be seen in a game until they’re seniors. And maybe not even then.

    1. That might be true. At the same time I’m guessing you would have said the same thing about Tevin Coleman or Jordan Howard and they are successful NFL running backs and those other guys aren’t

  4. Great to hear Scott got named freshman player of the week. He showed the good feet coaches have been talking about which shows he can be one of the better RBs in the league before he leaves IU.

    Like usual the B1G can’t keep from showing their colors when they named OSU’s Martell as co-player of the week along with Scott. The really bad part is Martell was only in during mop up time and the B1G ignored Martinez who had more than 300 yds against a good Colorado team.

  5. It’s called the P.I.E. principal. If you want to get advance, you need Performance, Image, and Exposure. You play at IU, you have a much better chance of getting to perform and allowing your talent to get the exposure necessary to get drafted. Heck, the differences in athletic ability between the starting running back and the fifth string running at schools like OSU, Alabama and Clemson are so small, they probably can’t be measured. And when that’s the case, it’s experience and coaching bias that determine who gets to start. That’s why more 4-star players should consider playing for schools like IU, they’ll play sooner rather than later and have a better chance of getting the exposure necessary to advance to the NFL.

    1. I agree. My son wrestled for a low profile program. Had he gone to Iowa he might never have made the lineup. At a smaller school he was the best kid on the team and had a nice run in the NCAA championships. He knocked a Big Ten representative out of the tourney with an 11-4 thrashing.

      You don’t have to go to a traditional power to be a success. Sometimes it just puts you in the shadows. If two guys in practice are at the same skill level but one is an extrovert and the other is an introvert (like my kid) the quiet guy may never see the field but he doesn’t get noticed.

      The new facilities, along with the Cuban Center, may help some kids go in that direction.

  6. Which begs the question….Do you come to IU Football to wait your turn? Sometimes it might be a rude awakening when, even at a notorious BigTen East bottom-feeder, you can’t seem to get your opportunities(or enough of one perceived as a fair shot).
    Hope this sort of frustration doesn’t soon hijack the moxie and hunger of a talented freshman like Penix. And “star” position players(qb’s, running backs, receivers) are used to being the ‘big man at senior prom night.’ They likely come to Indiana to maintain such zest….

    And some were even talking of putting Taylor into the qb equation? I could see how not getting playing time for a guy like Penix might start making his heart feel a lot heavier than a 5 lb. soggy football in a monsoon of empty seats. Wins are very important for a new inexperienced coach at IU…Maybe even more important than your shot at displaying your unrefined talents to a lonely NFL scout somehow finding Bloomington on a miserable Saturday night.

    New York Jets not waiting with Darnold…
    Cleveland taking their time with Mayfield…

    Why draft such a high prospect to a struggling organization if not to give him to the loyal and ever-patient fans immediately?
    Penix could very well be our next transfer if we screw this up. Stars want to be stars. Is what it is, I guess.

  7. H4H, you might be right about that. Penix might be patient if Ramsey were a senior, but if he feels he’s going to be stuck on the bench for two more years he may well fly the coop. How can Debord and Allen live that down?

  8. It may be very hard to live down…Then again, when stands are so empty, who’s really paying that much attention to care? I think most “stars” we recruit are hoping to get their moment in the sun against the ranked competition from our conference. It’s a gamble….Can a guy like Penix play above our overall talent disparities in his few limelight situations (given you even get your chance to play on national television …or highly watched games against the premier teams of our conference)? Is it easier for a star running back to get his moments over an interchangeable qb with oodles of talent but limited under center opportunities?

    And is it fair to any freshman star to keep a short leash on him….after you’ve really not given him a full half…or full game to get a needed comfort level? That is why the choice of who starts early has long term ramifications. Penix long jumped 22 feet in high school…One would think it wouldn’t be such a jump to see some time against the cupcakes of our schedule.

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