B1G Media Days: LJ Scott, Spartan Beast

B1G Media Days: LJ Scott, Spartan Beast

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B1G Media Days: LJ Scott, Spartan Beast

LJ Scott is back for his senior year.  He’s going to make the most of it.

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On multiple occasions today, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was asked what he was looking for most from LJ Scott as Scott prepares for his senior season.

Every time he was asked, Dantonio’s answer was the same and it was quick.

“Leadership.”

What about the fumbles – does Dantonio ever talk with LJ about his tendency to put the ball on the ground?

With a chuckle, Dantonio, “All the time……hang on to the ball, will ya?”

As LJ Scott sat at the podium and answered questions from the media during today’s Big Ten Media Days event in Chicago, he looked, sounded, and seemed as smooth as could be.

But he leaned forward, looked right at reporters asking him a questions, and he spoke directly and pretty bluntly – even though it was all very smooth.

“I want to rush for 1,000 yards – but not for me.  I want to do it for the guys up front who have been working hard for me for three years and I haven’t paid them back.”

What about the mack-truck LJ that plowed over and through the Iowa Hawkeyes to win the Big Ten Championship in the final moments of the 2015 title game?

“I want to get back to that championship game so bad – I want to add another one of these to my collection…”

And he pointed to his hand –

The ring on top is a ring celebrating the Spartans’ 42-17 win over Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.

The other ring is that Big Ten Championship ring from the 2015 season, LJ Scott’s freshman year.

When he muscled his way into the endzone that night against Iowa, Spartans first went bananas over the title.

But, Spartans were also envisioning a Herschel Walker-esque type of run for LJ.

He’s been hobbled a bit here and there from some shoulder injuries and other bumps and bruises but he says he’s ready to go – “I feel great – better than I’ve ever felt.”

Over his sophomore season, the 3-9 disaster of 2016, LJ racked up a total of 994 yards with seven touchdowns.

Last year, he piled up 898 yards – and he didn’t play against UMAA.

He also capped off the season with a terrific Holiday Bowl performance against Washington State – 110 yards on 18 carries with a 26-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter.

He’s knocked on the door of 1,000 yards for two straight years now.

Mark Dantonio hinted at the notion of LJ having the potential to run for 1,500 yards.

What do you think, LJ – can you bang out 1,500 yards this season?

“I don’t know about that – all I really want is another championship ring.”

The guy is giving Dantonio exactly what he wants already – leadership.

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