GREENVILLE - At Saturday's East Carolina Football Media Day, Pirates' head coach Scottie Montgomery summed up former Havelock star Derrell Scott's spring and summer performance in one word - fantastic.
Montgomery, who like many in attendance couldn't help but gush over Scott's elusive touchdown run in the annual Purple-Gold Spring Game in April, still raves about the back.
"Derrell does everything we ask him to do, we don't have to tell him do it, we ask him to do it," Montgomery said.
"I challenged him, watched him like everyone else coming out of high school and he was dynamic and I think his body is now where it lets him perform at his highest level."
Montgomery added that he saw Scott begin to jump out to coaches before the Spring Game.
"He got with Coach C (Jeff Connors) and has been eating the right way and he worked with a yoga instructor we had come in and he's in great shape," Montgomery said.
Scott, a junior, is part of a deep stable of Pirate tailbacks along with junior Devin Anderson, sophomore Hussein Howe and Clemson graduate student Tyshon Dye.
Scott is used to the competition. He shared the backfield at Havelock with James Madison's Taylor Woods,and at Tennessee he fought with Jalen Hurd for playing time.
"It's a lot of anticipation for me right now and I'm really excited to get back out there and compete with my teammates and play in front of my family," Scott said.
"Tyshon (Dye) is a really good dude and we have came here from similar situations, him from Clemson and me from Tennessee, so we share a lot with each other."
Scott finally has all the pre-requisites of playing a lot down pat as he is healthy, doesn't have to sit out because of a transfer rule and has the coaches' support and trust in his abilities.
He knows it all gets done on gameday between the lines.
While Montgomery talks a lot about the Havelock native's talent, work ethic and dedication, his colleagues in the ECU backfield rave about his talent, including Dye, who shared the backfield with some talented backs at Clemson including NFL rookie Wayne Gallman.
"Derrell is a great running back with great vision and a quick first step," Dye said.
"He's in great shape, he's ran as fast as anybody in the 300s and the 110s in the summer time, his hard work plus his talent makes him a great back."
Scott will face off against his good buddy Woods in the Pirates' season opener Sept. 2 versus James Madison.
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