Scouting Report During his senior campaign, he had 39 punts averaging 47.1 yards per punt with a long of 63. Fifteen punts were downed inside the 20. Fourteen of them were 50+ yards.
Scott is already considered the nation’s best punter, but he may very well get a long look as the Crimson Tide’s place-kicker in the fall should the struggles of Adam Griffith continue. His success rate was only 50% on field goals in 2013, but almost every attempt was from 50+ yards. Scott’s long make for the season was from 50 yards
BigEasyTider's Take A bit of a head-scratcher take at an initial glance, but then you see our punting issues this past Spring and you see why this happened. UA hasn't been able to develop a quality walk-on punting program, and needing to spend a scholarship, the good news is that Scott is widely considered one of the top prep punters in the country. His punting stats should be taken with a tiny grain of salt given the altitude he played in, but he clearly has some pretty serious leg drive. The real concern here is less with Scott in particular and more with our inability to evaluate kicker/punter prospects, so the fear is that Scott ends up as Jay Williams: Part II. If he is reasonably competent, though, he is the starting punter this fall.
Second question: Can he handle placekicking duties? He will certainly get a look at both, given Adam Griffith's ongoing struggles. That said, he was largely erratic in high school, so it's hard to see him doing much in the short-term at placekicker, though he may be able to handle kick-offs. Moving forward, his lengthy frame certainly makes it tough on him as a placekicker, just because the mechanics are a bit tougher with the added length. I generally tend to view him as a punter-only prospect. Maybe we get some mileage out of him on kick-offs, but I don't think you'll ever see him as a real contributor on field goal tries.
WMack4Bama's Take Without question, he's going to play this season. I don't know that you use a scholarship on a punter unless you plan to use him for 4 years. Alec Morris looked "not bad" in the spring at punter, but if Scott is the real deal, AS A PUNTER we need him to flip the field for us, make life easier for our defense, and to take pressure off of inexperienced QB on offense.
As a kicker, all we need is consistency. Having an NFL caliber kicker would be superb, but what we need more than anything is someone to make anything from 40 yards in an automatic 3. If Scott can provide that, I'm all for it. I do think, however, that Griffith will be our answer.
One other thing to keep in mind about these great numbers from Scott, look at where he's from..the thin air in the Denver area is conducive for a ton of homeruns in baseball and big time kicks in football (3 of the 5 longest FGs ever made in NFL history were IN DENVER). Hopefully, Scott lives up to his billing. We'll find out very soon in Atlanta vs. West Va.