Texas Tech Wins Double OT Thriller against Kansas on Senior Day
Red Raider Weekly's Courtney Davis recaps Texas Tech's big 49-14 win on Saturday against No. 4/5 West Virginia.
Texas Tech running backs coach Chad Scott.
Chad Scott's final season with Texas Tech was in 2012.
The 2012 season marked the third and final season for Chad Scott as the running backs coach at Texas Tech.
During Scott's final season at Tech, the Red Raiders had 1,674 rushing yards during the regular season - Tech's most since 1998 (2,219).
Scott's efforts to improve the ground game were more than obvious in the first half of the 2011 season as Texas Tech was on pace to have its best year rushing since the late 1990's, before injuries began to take their toll. Junior running back Eric Stephens was on pace for 1,000-plus rushing yards as he compiled 580 yards in the first five games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Texas A&M. True freshman running back DeAndre Washington helped pick up the slack by rushing for 382 yards before he too became victim to a season-ending knee injury in game No. 11 at Missouri. As a unit, his running backs compiled 1,516 yards rushing.
In his first season, Scott molded a group of running backs that had finished last in team rushing in 2009 and moved them up three spots to ninth in just one year. Prior to his arrival, the Red Raiders averaged just 84.0 yards-per-game in 2009 and that figure rose to 141.3 in 2010 and that put Tech in ninth place in the team rushing totals in the Big 12. The Red Raiders averaged 4.2 yards-per-carry and racked up 17 rushing touchdowns.
Prior to coming to Lubbock, Scott's group of running backs at Troy rushed for 1,939 yards in 2009 and was responsible for 25-of-29 total touchdowns on the ground. His efforts helped Troy to a third place finish in the national statistical rankings for total offense at 485.6 yards-per-game.
In 2008, he was part of the staff that led the Trojans to a national ranking of 26th in total offense with 421.42 yards per game, and 23rd in scoring offense averaging 33.25 points per game. He also led the Trojans rushing attack to a 36th-place national ranking, while the passing game came in at 32.
In three seasons, Scott has made a big impact on the Troy rushing attack. The run game made significant strides, ranking 35th in the country in 2007, and 36th in 2008. In Scott's first two seasons at Troy, he coached an all Sun-Belt Conference player at running back in Kenny Cattouse and DuJuan Harris. Harris eclipsed the century mark in 2008, his first year as a starter, ranking second in the conference in rushing with 1,077 yards. He also finished fifth in the league in scoring and first in the league in receptions amongst all running backs. In 2009, Scott's last season at Troy, he coached the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Shawn Southward who also ranked fifth in the nation amongst all freshmen with 10 total rushing touchdowns.
Off the field, Scott is quickly becoming known by his colleagues and others to be a great recruiter. Scott came to Troy from the University of North Carolina, where he served as a graduate assistant, and was primarily tasked with breaking down opponent video and game video in 2006 and 2007.
Prior to his coaching career, Scott was a two-year letterwinner at running back for the University of Kentucky from 2000-02. As a freshman, he led the Wildcats with 611 rushing yards and was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team, as well as being named a Third-Team Freshman All-American. As a sophomore, he played in eight games and was slowed with an ankle injury which limited him to 210 rushing yards.
After sitting out as a transfer in 2002, Scott played in 10 games as a junior for the University of North Carolina in 2003. That season he rushed for 182 yards. As a senior, he ranked seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), averaging 72.4 yards per game on the ground for the Tar Heels. He also totaled 796 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior season for North Carolina.
Following his collegiate playing career, Scott tried his hand in the National Football League (NFL), where he spent time with three illustrious franchises in the Cleveland Browns (2005), Pittsburgh Steelers (2005) and New York Giants (2005-06).
A native of Plant City, Fla., Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina in 2004. He is married to the former Shambrica Jones of Yazoo City, Miss., and the couple has one daughter, Kori Cherrell.
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