It had been a long time coming for Derrell Scott.
In the first quarter of East Carolina's Purple-Gold Game Saturday afternoon he took a carry from quarterback Reid Herring, stuck a foot in the grass, cut and scampered into the end zone for a touchdown.
After sitting out the past two seasons, 2015 due to the NCAA's transfer rules after he came to ECU from Tennessee and last year due to just not playing, Scott saw some painted grass from his helmet view Saturday.
"It felt great, I mean like you said it is just a practice game, but at the same time it was a really great feeling and something I've been working really hard for," Scott said.
"To be able to score in a game and in front of my family and here in Dowdy-Ficklen, it was just great."
Scott rushed for 51 yards on five carries with a touchdown in the 17-all tie.
His 27-yard touchdown run in the first quarter impressed even his head coach Scottie Montgomery.
"I really liked the way that 24 carried the football today," he said.
"Man, that jump cut was impressive."
Scott did leave in the second quarter with a hand injury that he said was just a cut and returned with it taped up.
He credits his family, his relationship with God and his support system overall as helping him stay mentally tough through the years of waiting to have his time on the football field.
"I talk to my parents a lot and I talk to God a lot and every time I feel really stressed out, that helps me get through it," he said.
"I learned how patient I can be with things, how much I can take. Sometimes when you think it's your time, it's not and you have to wait and stay ready for when it is."
Scott has long been lauded by coaches for his commitment to being in shape and working in the weight room, going back to his days at Havelock High School.
"We had a great weight program at Havelock and we did some stuff that Coach C (ECU Strength Coach Jeff Connors) has us do so I feel it really prepared me for this," he said.
"The waiting is the hardest part, everybody wants what they want now but you just have to wait sometimes."
Scott also caught a 17-yard screen pass, showing his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
"Anytime you can show the coaches that you're a complete back, you have to," he said.