Scott sets IU freshman rushing record

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Stevie Scott wasn’t playing football at this time last year.

He was recovering from an ankle injury suffered in September, a tough break that ended his senior season of high school football after merely three games. That made Saturday’s accomplishment all the sweeter for Scott.

The Indiana freshman running back ran for 139 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark and become IU’s all-time leading freshman rusher during the Hoosiers’ 31-20 loss to the No. 4 Wolverines.

“To bounce back and rush for over 1,000 yards and hold a freshman record is just a blessing,” Scott said. “It almost brings tears to my eyes.”

Scott now has 1,033 yards this season, becoming the third freshman in program history to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau and breaking Mike Harkrader’s previous freshman record of 1,003 yards set in 1976.

Not only did he break the record Saturday, he did so against Michigan’s stingy, top-ranked defense. Scott’s 139 yards were the second-most by a single player against the Wolverines this season.

“Just an impressive young man,” IU coach Tom Allen said. “So humble. He’s got a great demeanor about him. So mature in so many ways beyond his years.”

Scott also posted a touchdown against the Wolverines, while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He also fumbled once, and may have left additional yards on the field.

Allen said that Scott has the potential to break longer runs as he consistently shows an ability to pick up his knees as he dashes through a defense.

Scott agrees.

“I still feel my legs being a little low,” Scott said. “I still leave a lot of yards on the field, which I know once I pick my knees up, I’ll have way more yards than I have at the end of the season. Once this offseason comes, especially this next week of practice, that’s gonna be my main goal — picking my knees up. Things like that.”

With his fifth 100-yard game of the season, Scott moves into a tie with Anthony Thompson (1986) for most 100-yard games by a true freshman in program history.

Another big effort next week against Purdue could allow Scott to break that record, too.

“He’s a special running back, and I like the way he handles himself with all the success that he’s had,” Allen said. “It’s not gone to his head. He’s maintained his humility and he’s buying into the (love each other) concept of our program, which is pretty special to me and pretty special to our program.”

5 comments

  1. Funny how the story references picking up his knees and leaving yards on the field. While watching the game yesterday, I told my wife, “this young man is going to be phenomenal after another year of conditioning.”

    Give Hart great credit for recruiting Scott and for coaching him and developing him into such an effective weapon for IU.

  2. There are many positives from this season. The emergence of Stevie Smith Scott as a top running back is probably the biggest. BeatPurdue, get more practice sessions, win a bowl game, any bowl game, and haul in some 4 star recruits! GO IU!

  3. BeatPurdue, you are right about many positives from this season. The play of all the freshmen we have seen so far is very encouraging on how they handle playing at this level. Scott is one of two outstanding RBs in this class as Walker has shown flashes of how good he can be.

    Scott has had a great season and has a chance to move over the 1200 yd mark this year although it will be a stretch to get enough yards against PU defense. Scott should get better and better as he learns to lower his pads and improves his speed getting through the holes. Walker will give IU the RB to get around the end when needed yet he can run between tackles.

    IU was very fortunate this year that Scott came to IU. Once Ellison was off the team and Gest was injured, IU didn’t have many options for having a viable B1G RB. Thankfully Scott was ready and had the physical tools to handle the job. Scott has given the Hoosiers a running game to go along with passing the ball. He has taken some pressure off of Ramsey and given defenses something else to worry about with IU’s offense.

  4. I had to set up a new account since I changed computers so I am just testing this out.

    PO, after finally reading your post about if you would win the big lottery your goals sound a lot like mine. It would be nice if Mark Cuban or others would take their wealth and do the same thing. I know many do contribute to charities and I am not being critical of Cuban or others just wishing someone would contribute to an endowment to make IU competitive in football coaching pay for decades.

    The freshman players really show how much the talent the IU coaches are bringing in and help IU deveop into one of the better football teams if it continues in other recruiting classes.

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