Tim Scott is a rising Junior cornerback for the Tar Heels who was a bright spot for the struggling secondary last season. Coach Larry Fedora looks to utilize Scott even more so in 2013 as UNC was ranked 8th in the nation in “Points For”, but 53rd in the “Points Against” category in 2012. This gaping disparity points especially to a weaker cornerback core from last season. Scott did his part, but should be even more of a factor next year.
Tim Scott is a 5’11’’, 190 Virginia native that has strong fundamentals. He finished 2012 with 47 total tackles (35 solo) and 4 interceptions. The upside potential of the young corner is most obvious. He plays relatively conservatively, but definitely finishes tackles. Many cornerbacks attempt to lay an Ed Reed-style hit on opposing receivers and think the opposition will automatically fall. However, many big wide outs are strong enough to absorb the contact and break the play open. Scott does a good job of wrapping up the ball carrier and making sure he goes down.
The biggest upside of the rising junior is that he is looking at two more years of Larry Fedora’s defensive scheme. He has internalized a great bit of the defense concepts, as exhibited by him not getting often getting beat off the ball, and will internalize even more in the future. There will also be a nose for the ball that he will develop further after following a four-interception season.
So what does next year look like for Scott? I’m looking at 65 tackles and 8 interceptions. Most importantly though, Tim Scott needs to show Tar Heel nation that he is indeed a shut-down corner. When the opposition’s star receiver lines up across Tim he ought to be silent. I think next season will see the young man rise to the occasion.