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Oregon Football

Player Spotlight: Jordon Scott

June 3, 2020
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Jordon Scott has been a fan favorite from almost the moment he got to Eugene.

The man who proudly calls himself Fat Mac committed to Oregon sight unseen and has never looked back. The Largo (Fla.) native was a part of the Willie Taggart class, and through all of the coaching changes he’s never wavered.

Scott had an incredible freshman season, cementing himself as the literal centerpiece of the defensive line. He finished with 34 tackles and 2 sacks, but most of his production came on plays where he didn’t get any credit in the box score.

The thing that makes Scott so special is his ability to absolutely eat up interior offensive lineman. Currently listed at 6-1 and 325 pounds, he mostly uses his size and strength to create rushing lanes for others.

Scott is so physically imposing that teams are forced to double team him at times, taking the attention off of the pass rushers. That allows edge guys and blitzing linebackers to get free or one-on-one with a blocker and pressure the quarterback or blow up a running play.

Scott had 29 tackles and 1 sack his sophomore season and 32 tackles as a junior. That's decent production for a nose player, but his ability to do the little things in such a big way has contributed greatly to the defensive line's recent success.

Scott's decision to defer his NFL dreams and return for his senior season allows defensive coordinator Andy Avalos to expand his line rotation. For proof of what having legitimate depth can do, concentrate on the defensive line the next time you rewatch the Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl wins.

If you want to be an elite defense, it’s more than just having 11 studs in the starting lineup. You need multiple bodies for different packages and situations.

With Scott returning, Avalos will continue to use him on most first and second downs as well short-yardage situations. If you expect a pass, you pull him out and allow someone like Austin Faoliu to put his head down and get after the quarterback.

Not only is Scott an excellent player on the field, he’s also been an incredible person off of it. He’s super active on social media, and I’ve seen him involved time and time again with different outreach programs. It’s nice to have a good athlete representing the university, but it’s even better to have a person who is also a role model within the community.

By far my favorite Scott moment came in the 2018 season against Washington. It was fourth and 1, and he was lined up directly over the Huskies' center.

As soon as the ball was snapped, Scott instantly dove towards the center and caused a fumble before Jake Browning even got the football. The key play may not have shown up in the box score, but once again, Scott had a tremendous impact.

 

Scott is in line to have a huge senior season, and I would expect that he’ll hear his name called during next year's pro draft. We’ve seen steady improvement from him during his time here, and he could be a key contributor in what might be Oregon’s best defense ever.

 
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