By Kyle Dierking, for News9.com
MUSKOGEE, OK -- Putting on the pads and jersey. It's a menial pre-practice preparation, but for Vernon Scott, being back on the field, injury free, is a welcome relief.
"I feel like I let down the team getting hurt," Scott said. "It just hurt me inside knowing that if I would've been out there I could've made a difference but I was on the sidelines watching."
A torn meniscus in his left knee tore up Scott's season five games into the 2007 campaign.
"It crushed him," said Muskogee football coach Matt Hennesy. "To be hurt and have your season end is always hard. It basically ended our running game. We were inexperienced up front anyway with the running game and (Scott) just gave you the ability to make some guys miss in the running game."
That big-play ability will be back in the back-field this season.
"He shows up and goes to work," Hennesy said. "He's not a big rah rah guy - he's not running his mouth a lot. He shows up and plays. The kids follow him and he understands that."
"I don't talk that much," Scott said, "but when I talk the team listens."
And he's hoping recruiters do the same.
"They believe I have potential to play at the (Division-I) level," Scott said. "They want to see more this year and if I can play how I know I can play I could get some looks."