Scott drafted by Seahawks
HUNTINGTON — Marshall offensive tackle Garrett Scott couldn’t have scripted a better Saturday to close the chapter of his life called “Marshall University.”
Just hours after Scott walked across the stage to receive his diploma upon graduation from Marshall, he heard his name called on another stage — only this one a bit bigger.
Scott’s name was announced on the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City as the sixth round (199th overall) selection by the 2014 Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Draft.
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Hoskins, a Mackey Award semifinalist, led all tight ends nationally with 15 receiving touchdowns — a number that also placed him third overall nationally.
He finished the 2013 season with 50 catches for 821 yards, including a Military Bowl performance in which he caught six passes for 104 yards with two touchdowns to solidify the Herd’s 31-20 win over Maryland.
Thundering Herd defensive linemen Alex Bazzie and Jeremiah Taylor also signed, Bazzie with the Cleveland Browns, Taylor with the Baltimore Ravens.
— Grant Traylor
“It’s just overwhelming right now,” Scott said. “Looking at it from a football side, I have to be ready to go in and compete because I know they preach competitive excellence.”
After Marshall’s Pro Day festivities in Huntington, Scott said the Seahawks returned to Huntington two weeks ago to see him work out once more.
They must have been impressed with what they saw as they made Scott their second offensive line choice of the draft, joining Missouri tackle Justin Britt who was selected to end the second round.
Scott said he’s excited for the challenge that lies ahead of making the roster of the Super Bowl champions.
“It’s an explosive offense powered by Russell Wilson and they have a nasty defense with Richard Sherman and (Cam) Chancellor and those guys,” Scott said.
If ever there was an area that needed improvement in 2013 for the Seahawks, it was at offensive line where starting left tackle Russell Okung was injured, leaving Seattle searching for depth and with an offense that sputtered at times with Wilson not having time to throw.
The Seahawks ranked 25th out of 32 NFL teams in pass blocking and 23rd in run blocking while also committing more offensive line penalties than all but two NFL teams.
In Scott, Seattle is getting the anchor of a Marshall offensive line unit that amassed 7,005 yards of total offense in 2013. During 2013, Scott allowed just a half-sack in 14 games.
In each of Scott’s years as a starter for the Herd, the offense has been in the top 15 nationally.
Scott said the 2013 season was memorable, with the Herd winning the Military Bowl over Maryland to clinch its first 10-win season since 2002. That mark included a Conference USA East Division title.
“This year was good all-around for our team,” Scott said. “I felt like I grew as a player under Coach (Alex) Mirabal.”
Now, Scott’s chapter as a Marshall student-athlete has closed, but he is excited for the next chapter as an NFL player.
“This was one of my dreams as a little kid,” Scott said. “I always dreamed of playing in the NFL. Now that it’s here and I’m part of the team, it’s a dream come true, but I know I’ve got to get back to work.”
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