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9 Guss Scott

Played in 49 games over his career, including 28 starts...Started the 2002 Orange Bowl and played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl...Most experienced player on the 2003 team with 3,427 plays to his credit...Saw significant action on punt block, kick return and punt coverage teams over his career...Drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft in the third round as the 95th overall pick by the New England Patriots...

CAREER: 310 tackles with 63 "Big Plays" (25 pass breakups, 12.5 tackles behind the line, 7.5 QB sacks, 11 forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and four interceptions) in his career...

2003: Senior Bowl participant...Started at strong safety for the second consecutive year, also saw time on punt and punt return teams...Ranked third on the team with 91 tackles, also had two interceptions, nine pass breakups, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, a TFL and a sack...Led the SEC with five forced fumbles...Tied for third on the team with two interceptions and ranked second on the team with nine pass breakups...Led the team with 1,084 plays...Started 12 of 13 games (all but Iowa)...Led the defensive attack at eventual national champion LSU, totaling a team-high 10 tackles...Ranked second on the team with 10 tackles vs. South Carolina, also had a forced fumble and fumble recovery...Recorded a career-high 14 tackles vs. Georgia...Forced a career-high two fumbles vs. Ole Miss...Ranked third on the team with eight tackles vs. Tennessee and made his second interception of the year after picking off QB Casey Clausen on the opening play of the second quarter...Returned a 38-yard interception, forced a fumble, deflected two passes and recorded four tackles in the season-opener vs. San Jose State...Recorded eight tackles, a TFL, a sack, a pass breakup and a forced fumble vs. FSU...Forced a fumble on a SJSU punt return that led to a Gator field goal in the third quarter...Tied for second on the team with six tackles vs. FAMU...Named a UF game captain vs. SJSU, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina...

2002: Starter at strong safety for all 13 games...Saw action on punt block, kick return, and punt coverage teams for a combined 1,128 plays, including 261 plays on special teams (led the team)...Despite starting just three total games prior to the 2002 season, he posted a remarkable 31.5 "Big Plays"...Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after the Georgia game, finished with nine tackles, a quarterback hit and an interception returned for a touchdown...Named a UF game captain for the LSU game...Named UF's Defensive Player of the Game after the Vanderbilt game...Led the defensive backs with 102 tackles, including 69 solo hits...Led the team with 11 pass deflections...Led the defense with creating five turnovers (two forced fumbles, two interceptions and one blocked punt)...One of three Gator players that scored defensive touchdowns, and one of five with an INT...One of 19 players that registered a TFL...Made seven tackles vs. Michigan in the Outback Bowl...Led the secondary with 11 tackles vs. both Tennessee and Auburn...Picked off Georgia's D.J. Shockley and returned a 47-yard touchdown to put the Gators ahead 12-7...For the second game in a row, picked off a pass by Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler to set up UF's second touchdown...Recorded a sack, tackle for loss, interception and pass deflection vs. Vandy...Named UF's Most Outstanding Defensive Back at the conclusion of the season...

2001: Saw a great deal of duty as an extra defensive back in passing situations...Played in all 11 regular season games with two starts (Marshall and Georgia) and also started the Orange Bowl...75 tackles (49 solo), including 13 on special teams, with 20.5 "Big Plays" (6 FH, 7.5 TFL, four passes deflected and two FF, blocked kick)...682 plays ranked third on defense...Second on team, tops for a DB, in total tackles (75) and also ranked second in solo tackles with 49...Third on the squad, first among DBs, in "Big Plays" with 20.5...Led team in tackles (8), solo tackles (7) and 5.5 "Big Plays" (three forced hurries, forced a fumble and recorded 1.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in the season opener vs. Marshall while making his first career start...Received the defensive unit's hustle award during the spring...

2000: A top backup and nickel back as a true freshman at the safety positions and also played on special teams...Named to Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshman first team...42 tackles on season with 11 "Big Plays" (2.0 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR, 3 FH, 2 PD)...42 tackles on season ranked fourth on defensive backs unit and eighth overall...11 "Big Plays" ranked eighth on team and the third-best total on defensive back unit...Five special teams tackles ranked second best on squad...Played in all 12 regular season games and saw action on 533 plays which led all freshmen...Also played in the Sugar Bowl...Finished with six tackles and three "Big Plays" (FF, FR, FH) vs. Kentucky...Career-high eight tackles vs. South Carolina...

PREP: A two-way standout (RB/DB) who was a three-year starter...Named to Florida Times-Union Super 24 Team in 1999 and was a second-team All-State (2A) selection as a running back...92 tackles with five interceptions as a senior while rushing for 1,920 yards with an average per carry of 12.1...Scored 22 touchdowns in 1999...Also visited Notre Dame and Pittsburgh...High school coach was Verlon Dorminey...


CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS:
year ut-at tt tbl qbs ff fr pd int
2000 25-17 42 2 2 2 2 2 0
2001 49-26 75 7.5 3.5 2 0 3 0
2002 69-33 102 2 1 2 0 11 2
2003 59-32 91 1 1 5 1 9 2
Total 202-108 310 12.5 7.5 11 3 25 4

CAREER HIGHS:
Total Tackles: 14 (Georgia, 2003)
QB Sacks: 1 (seven times, last FSU, 2002)
Forced Fumbles: 2 (Ole Miss, 2003)
Interceptions: 1 (four times, last Miami, 2003)
Big Plays: 5.5 (Marshall, 2001)

PERSONALITY PROFILE

  • Enjoys chess, basketball, and video games
  • Prayed before every game
  • Individual he most admires is his mother
  • After wearing No. 37 as a freshman, switched to No. 9 before his sophomore fall, but says he doesn't really know why
  • "That's the game that Alex Brown had all those sacks (1999 vs. Tennessee). I just went crazy and I knew that this is where I wanted to play football."
  • Nickname is Superneck
  • Considered the funniest guy on the squad by teammate Shannon Snell. "Guss (Scott) is kind of quiet in the open, but once he gets in the locker room, he speaks."

Guss Scott Game-by-Game



2003 game-by-game



Games played: 13

                                      |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|       Pass 

 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds Brk  Pts

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST............   1    3      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     1  0-0     1-38    2   6

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....   3    2      5    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............   4    2      6    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     2   0

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............   4    4      8    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-9     0   0

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky............   2    2      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................   3    1      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     2  0-0     0-0     0   0

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU.................   8    2     10    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0

 Oct 18, 2003 at Arkansas............   4    2      6    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     1   0

 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia.............  11    3     14    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     2   0

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............   5    3      8    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     1   0

 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina......   8    2     10    0.0-0     0.0-0     1  1-0     0-0     0   0

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........   3    5      8    1.0-2     1.0-2     1  0-0     0-0     1   0

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA................   3    1      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0

 Totals..............................  59   32     91    1.0-2     1.0-2     5  1-0     2-47    9   6

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT GUSS SCOTT...

"He still isn't sure why his parents decided to add an extra 's' to his name when he was born, making him Guss instead of Gus. Maybe it stands for special, because Guss Scott has given every indication he has a chance to be a special football player at Florida one day."
(September 27, 2001) Corey Bailey, UF Safety

"In his short time in Gainesville, Scott has shown maturity beyond his years - and a work ethic second to none, on the field and in the weight room. He also happens to be sharp in the classroom and one coachable strong safety...Scott is rapidly emerging as one of the Gators' most productive defensive players."
(September 27, 2001) Corey Bailey, UF Safety

"Through the first three games of the season, Scott has been one of the Gators' best players on a defense top-heavy with veteran starters. He may be Florida's best all-around athlete. Period."
(September 27, 2001) Corey Bailey, UF Safety

"He's UF's most experienced defensive back (and player overall) in terms of total plays (2,343) and one of the team's best athletes. He has the size and strength to be a major factor in run defense (and on blitzes) and also has the speed to cover receivers and backs one-on-one." Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun "Just follow him, and everything's OK. He doesn't really have to talk. He's not going to really sit down and talk with you. He's going to let you know on the field. You've got to watch him."
(August 7, 2003) Corey Bailey, UF Safety

"Guss has probably one of the best football minds of any player. He could probably coach when he's done."
(November 10, 2003) Corey Bailey, UF Safety

"Florida's Guss Scott may be the best tackler in the SEC."
(July 30, 2003) Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun

"His footwork and ability to hit -- incredible. He has great speed; he can start, stop, change directions. The kid is special."
(August 25, 2001) Verlon Dorminey, Trinity Christian HS Head Coach

"Guss Scott, Matt Farrior and Bobby McCray- they were always on winning teams. They have pressure on them and they have NFL prospects so they know they have to do the best that they can. Guss has always been a worker. Bobby has a lot to prove because people are always knocking him but he's one of the best defensive ends in the nation. Matt's really good but he's just quiet, now he's starting to let it out. Everyone's doing better because those guys are talking us up."
(July 10, 2003) Ciatrick Fason, UF Running Back

"Scott looked like [the No. 1 strong safety in the country] Saturday in a 65-3 victory against San Jose State. In a dominating defensive effort, Scott let the way."
(August 31, 2003) Jeremy Fowler, Miami Herald

"A great hitter who is underrated against the pass."
(August 21, 2003) Bruce Feldman, ESPN The Magazine

"Guss is the leader. From what he's proved to us, he's the whole secondary."
(July 10, 2003) Kenny Parker, UF Defensive Tackle

"Guss is one of the best players I've ever seen. For his size, I'm very surprised at what he does every day. He works harder than anybody, and he's very strong. I'm glad to have a guy like Guss on my team."
(November 20, 2003) Kenny Parker, UF Defensive Tackle

"Guss is one of those guys who will be a leader on the field, off the field, in the weight room. He's probably pound-for-pound the strongest guy on the team."
(August 25, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Guss Is like the quarterback of our defense. When he comes up big and does things like this, it's a benefit for our team. He had a big game, so the defense played well."
(August 31, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I just feed off Guss. He's the safety behind me 90 percent of the snaps, so I feed off him."
(August 31, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Guss is like the quarterback of our defense. When he comes up big and does things like [intercept], it's a benefit for our team. He had a big game, so the defense played well."
(August 31, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Just the example he sets is amazing. He's in there benching 400 pounds in the weight room and playing hard every day. Teammates respect that."
(November 20, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"Everybody on defense should be attackers, and that's how I play."
(August 26, 2001) Guss Scott, Florida safety

"Time goes by so fast. Next thing you know, everybody is looking at you. It's just something you have to do. I've been around here; I've seen leaders come through. I guess it's my turn to do that."
(August 7, 2003) Guss Scott, Florida safety

"Against San Jose State, strong safety Guss Scott made it clear that this is his defense."
(August 31, 2003) Brian Shaffer, St. Petersburg Times

"Clearly the best player on defense. Big hitter, big speed, big playmaker."
(April 21, 2003) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait

"He is a complete player."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait

"Guss Scott is the best player on the team. His touchdown return of an interception against Georgia last year illustrated his game-changing capability, and he should be even more effective this year because defensive coordinator Charlie Strong is turning him loose as a pass rusher again."
(August 28, 2003) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait

"He has nice size and strength, allowing him to play like a fourth linebacker at times. He also is a smart player who takes good angles to the ball and rarely is caught out of position."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"Guss Scott is one of the league's best at his position."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"The thing that has got to happen with all our seniors in order for us to have a good football team is our seniors have to provide the leadership. Right now, our secondary is probably the strongest spoke in our defense. This is his year. The thing about Guss, when you look at him and the way his work habits are, that's what speaks volumes for Guss Scott. The younger players look at the way he works."
(August 7, 2003) Charlie Strong, UF Defensive Coordinator

"Florida players have pointed to Scott, known for his tireless work in the gym and intense personality on the field, as the lockeroom leader since spring practice. His two tackles don't indicate how much Scott was around the ball; the big plays proved his worth."
(August 31, 2003) Edgar Thompson, Palm Beach Post

"He is one of those guys who loves practice. Football's not a fun sport to practice, but he comes out here and he has fun. He's fun to be around."
(August 7, 2003) Mike Woodford, UF Secondary Coach

"He has the opportunity to be a big, big-time safety. He's a leader. He knows this is his last year and he went out and attacked this just like we'd expect him to."
(August 31, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"He's got the opportunity to be a big-time safety. He gets on everything, he gets on people and he makes big plays. He's a leader. He knows this is his last year."
(August 31, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

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