Josiah Scott Has Been Missed - And He's About To Return

Josiah Scott Has Been Missed - And He's About To Return

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Josiah Scott Has Been Missed - And He's About To Return

Michigan State has dealt with a slew of injuries all season. Josiah Scott’s absence has meant more than most people have considered. His return will be a shot in the arm for a defense that continues to improve and has a whole lot left to achieve through the final month of the season.

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Josiah Scott has yet to play a single snap this season.

It’s been, perhaps, easy for Spartan fans to forget but Scott had a phenomenal freshman year in 2017 and not having him out there all season has been more than just annoying.

Consider just some of Scott’s freshman season accomplishments –

  • Named to Freshman All-America team by ESPN.com.
  • Named third-team All-Big Ten by the media.
  • Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches.
  • Named to the BTN All-Freshman Team.
  • Named recipient of the MSU Outstanding Underclass Back Award on defense.
  • Started at boundary cornerback in first 10 games before missing Maryland game with an injury, returned to starting lineup at Rutgers and vs. No. 18 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl, giving him 12 starts on the season, the most by a true freshman position player in the Mark Dantonio era
  • Led team in pass break-ups (10) and passes defended (12), while ranking tied for second in forced fumbles (1) and tied for third on team in interceptions (2).

Josiah Scott wasn’t a bit player on last season’s 10-3 team.

This guy was ready to explode on to the scene as a premiere cornerback in the mold of a Darqueze Dennard.

Scott’s absence has been a major blow to the Spartan defense.

It’s not at all crazy to theorize that Scott would have had a materially positive impact on all three of Michigan State’s losses, particularly the losses to Arizona State and Northwestern.

It’s never totally rational to say that one player would have such a major impact on a team to have turned two or three losses into wins – but Scott might be that type of player.

With an opportunity for a big finish to the season now there for the taking after the 23-13 win over Purdue, the return of Josiah Scott would deliver a major shot in the arm for a defense that has improved steadily over the season.

Scott isn’t just a blanket of a coverage man – he has the strength and the mindset to inch up and stuff the run while making open field tackles with sound fundamental technique and toughness.

This all allows him to provide added beef and speed all over the field.

Scott officially served his one-half suspension for the targeting he was flagged for in the Holiday Bowl this past Saturday – he spent the first half of the Purdue game dressed and in the Spartan locker room.

It appears as though he’s ready to go this week and will be out on the field against Maryland.

There is a hell of a lot of football left for these Spartans.

Josiah Scott is about ready to make up for some lost time while making sure Michigan State’s defense steamrolls its way to a typically-strong season.

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