We already knew that Lindsey Scott was putting up ridiculous numbers down in Louisiana, and now the Syracuse University football pledge has been rewarded for his remarkable season by being named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

Scott, a 5-foot-11 quarterback from Zachary High, threw for 2,674 yards and rushed for 1,607 more while throwing 29 touchdown passes and carrying for 23 rushing scores. Accolades like this aren’t new for Scott, who was named the Offensive MVP in his high school’s classification for the state of Louisiana in 2014. He hasn’t just gotten it done in the regular season, either: in Zachary’s first three playoff games, he’s accounted for 17 touchdowns. Yes, you read that number correctly: he’s personally putting nearly six touchdowns per game on the board in the playoffs.

Scott and his 12-1 squad are currently in the state semifinals, which will go down on Friday night. For the year, he’s completed 149-of-227 passes, for a completion percentage of 65.6%. And his numbers in the classroom are equally impressive, by the way: as part of the Gatorade Player of the Year selection criteria, Scott’s 3.77 grade-point-average played a big role in him receiving the award.

If you haven’t watched Scott play at all, I highly recommend tracking down as many of his highlights as possible. He’s a dynamic athlete who has a knack for escaping pressure and making terrific throws down the field. If you’ve watched Oregon play at all this season, he’s extremely similar to their prolific gunslinger, Vernon Adams.

With the coaching search still ongoing, Scott has already reaffirmed his pledge to the Orange. Now that Dino Babers has emerged as the new frontrunner, it’s enticing to think about Scott and his fellow offensive recruits, as well as the young offensive talent at Syracuse, playing in that Art Briles offense that Babers has been so successful with in his first two head coaching stops. This year, Babers has his quarterback Matt Johnson, who like Scott is only about 6-feet tall, sitting on 41 touchdown passes against just six interceptions, with nearly 4,500 passing yards on the year.

It’s continuing to look like Syracuse got extremely lucky to have Scott slip through the cracks due to his size, and things may work out perfectly for the prolific passer with Babers – a guy who knows how to use undersized QBs – potentially headed to the Hill.

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Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, and has been published on various websites including,,,, and, among others. His work was featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He's got a wife, and a toddler he's brainwashing to love Syracuse. Jeff's a pretty great guy, overall, and would never steal your car. Follow him on Twitter: @jekelish


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