Penn State football creeps closer and closer to us, as we are now only four days away from kickoff against Kent State. On that kickoff unit could be Nick Scott, who heads into his redshirt sophomore year at his new position — safety.
Scott came into Penn State as the first commit of the 2014 class, originally committing to Bill O’Brien and sticking with the Nittany Lions when James Franklin came aboard. Originally a running back, Scott redshirted his freshman season as veterans Bill Belton, Zach Zwinak, and Akeel Lynch carried the load in the backfield. As a redshirt freshman, Scott was featured at both running and as a kick returner. He carried the ball 30 times for 133 yards and one touchdown, and returned 13 kicks for an average of 23.85 yards.
Heading into 2016, Scott has moved a from a crowded backfield headlined by Saquon Barkley to safety, where he’s set to back-up Marcus Allen and Malik Golden. While he may not play a pivotal starting role in the upcoming season, Scott will be expected to contribute down the line, possibly as soon as 2017.