Incarnate Word quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr has been nothing short of a force to be reckoned with. Last week, Scott and the UIW Cardinals took down the Lamar Cardinals 56-17 in San Antonio. What most impressed the FCS world was Scott’s success against a Southland opponent. In the first half against Lamar, Scott threw for 401 passing yards and seven touchdowns with five different receivers reaching the end zone. Hence, the Nicholls transfer earned NCAA FCS Player of the Week, as well as Southland Conference and StatsPerform FCS Offensive Player of the Week honors. Scott provides a boost to UIW’s powerhouse and his abilities to create magic with the football. Here’s what makes Scott set apart in the Southland Conference.
The ability Scott has to create time and space while looking downfield is sensational. On this drive against Lamar, UIW was backed up to the 17 yard line and looked to do a play action with Scott. Finding time, Scott rolls to his right to secure a Jaelin Campbell touchdown to make it 28-0 UIW.
JAELIN CAMPBELL TAKES IT HOME 🏠
UIW 28, LU 0#TheWord pic.twitter.com/X6iqDduOhs
— UIW Football (@UIWFootball) October 8, 2022
On the team side, the Cardinal offense led by Scott began the game with two drives spanning over 70 yards taking only seven plays to get into the endzone. The UIW defense didn’t allow a single first down through the first quarter and the Cardinals led 35-0, setting a school record for most points scored in a quarter.
Cardinals catch footballs
Having a great receiving core helps tremendously, and Scott’s crew is nothing short of dominant. So far this season, UIW wide receiver Taylor Grimes (No. 16 in video below) has 517 receiving yards on 35 completions and eight touchdowns in 2022. A graduate transfer from Cisco College, wide receiver Darion Chafin caught 28 passes for 574 yards and six touchdowns. Both Grimes and Chafin have led the way in creating space against their opponents and make each game a talent show.
Off to the races!#FCS x 🎥 @UIWFootball pic.twitter.com/KiqdwdmrTj
— NCAA FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) September 4, 2022
Former Colonel in conference
Forever a Colonel! Enjoying the journey God has me on. 0 out❤️⚔️ https://t.co/cx1lRKpYbF pic.twitter.com/ldHuw7qurU
— Lindsey Scott Jr. (@_lj18_) January 9, 2022
Scott is no stranger to the Southland Conference. A former Nicholls Colonel, Scott started all seven games at quarterback. Scott became the definition of a dual threat QB, accounting for 2,241 yards of offense with a 320.1 yards per game average. Scott threw for 1,684 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 240.6 yards and had 125 completions on 215 passes for a 58.1 percent clip. Needless to say, the abilities for Scott to become legendary didn’t become relevant overnight.
Scott’s records at Nicholls
– Ranks 6th all-time in career passing yards (3,767) in just 18 games played
– Led the Southland in rushing yards with 990 in the 2021 season
– Set single-game record for total offense with 480 yards (359p, 121r) against Louisiana (9/11/2021)
– Tied program single-game record for passing touchdowns with five against UIW (3/27/21)
– Tied program single-game record twice with six touchdowns responsible for against Lamar (3 rush, 3 pass) and UIW (5 pass, 1 rush) (Spring 2021)
Before appearing in the Southland Conference, Scott went through junnior college before earning a spot on Missouri’s football squad. Scott was one of the top junior college quarterbacks in the nation who led East Mississippi Community College to an 11-1 record and the 2017 NJCAA national championship. Chosen to Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Second Team, Scott was voted the Mississippi Bowl Committee’s Player of the Year for EMCC’s state championship squad. He ranked third among the NJCAA’s 2017 national statistical leaders in passing yards per game (290.1 yds/gm), fourth with 29 passing touchdowns and fifth in pass completion percentage (64.8%).
In high school, Scott was named the 2015 Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year after leading 14-1 Zachary High School to Class 5A state title. He was also named Mr. Football in Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2015. A two-time Class 5A Offensive Most Valuable Player in Louisiana, Scott was a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Scout, Rivals, and 247sports. Scott was ranked by Scout as the No. 1 quarterback in Louisiana and rated as the nation’s 28th-best dual-threat QB according to 247Sports.
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