What kind of offensive coordinator would Jeff Scott be if promoted?


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Scott is also Clemson's recruiting coordinator

With the departure of Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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, Clemson fans are clamoring to know who will step in and take the reins of the Clemson offense. One name that will certainly be high on head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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's list is wide receivers coach Jeff ScottJeff Scott
Asst. Coach (WR) / Recruiting Coord.
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.

Scott is one of the nation's top recruiters and has sent several position players to the NFL - that much is known. The unknown is what kind of play caller that would be.

There is a track record however. In 2006, Scott began is coaching career as head coach of Blythewood High School (SC), becoming the first ever head coach to lead his team to a state championship as a first-year head coach of a first-year program.

Not many people realize that Scott has play calling experience, so TigerNet reached out to long-time high school football and baseball coach Barry Mizzell – assistant head coach and running backs coach of the 2006 Blythewood Bengals – to learn more about Scott’s short tenure at Blythewood and his play calling style.

Mizzell had just been named the head baseball coach at Blythewood when Scott approached him about a position with the football team. Mizzell told TigerNet that although the two didn’t really know each other, it didn’t take him long to realize that Scott was a bright, up and coming star in the coaching world.

“I was working at Richland Northeast at the time and I had coached football for years and I hadn't coached football for a year or two and I got hired out here as the baseball coach,” Mizzell told TigerNet Tuesday. “Jeff came to me and talked me. It was the first time I had ever met him. He was a young guy but it didn't take long being around him to know that he was really sharp. He had a great football mind and he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his staff and this program. You could tell early on that he was not only knowledgeable but he knew exactly what he wanted to do and where he wanted to go. He ended up being very successful here and moving on and being very successful.”

While coaching in high school is certainly different than coaching in college, Mizzell said that Scott was able to find the strengths of his team and put together the perfect combination of a spread and running attack, as the Bengals went 14-1 during their first season – losing only the first game, 21-13 to Ridge View.

“In high school, you deal with what you've got as far as players are concerned,” Mizzell said. “You can't recruit to a system. We ran a variety of things. Jeff was a spread guy. We spread the ball out and we had a really good quarterback and a really good receiver and we had good running backs. We ran the ball. We ran a combination of stuff but we ran a lot of spread. Jeff liked to throw the ball, but in high school you don't marry one system. We ran a lot of spread of stuff.”

Blythewood’s offense tallied over 5,500 yards, averaging 371.4 yards per game with Richard Mounce (Charleston Southern) at quarterback and Marquan JonesMarquan Jones
Wide Receiver (2008 - 2011)
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Columbia, SC

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(Clemson) at wide receiver.

Any time you talk to an offensive coordinator, the thing that they always say is most important is that you have to get a feel and into a rhythm of play calling. Mizzell said that it was obvious Scott has that feel.

“He worked extremely, extremely, extremely hard back then,” Mizzell said. “He's got a little pedigree to him because of his dad. He's been around it. He was very, very knowledgeable and had a great feel for the game. He was smart enough to run what the defense gave us. He was always very, very prepared and knew exactly what he wanted to do and he knew exactly what they were giving us. He had a great feel. As a play caller, your feel for the game is probably one of the most important things and that's something I think he really had.”

Mizzell said it was obvious that the then 26-year old Scott would be successful at every level of football and at any position he earned.

“When I met him and in the years that I worked with him, he just had a vision of what he wanted,” he said. “He knew exactly what he wanted and hew as going to work at it. In all aspects of the game he hired really good coaches to work for him. He had guys that rallied around him. Even though he was a really young guy at that time, he proved himself at that time. I knew and a lot of people around here knew he was going to go on and be very successful. There was no doubt in our mind that when he left here and went to Presbyterian and then when he got the job at Clemson that this guy is going to be very successful at what he's doing.”

Scott only spent a year at Blythewood before moving on to become the wide receivers coach at Presbyterian College for a season before Swinney made him Clemson’s wide receivers coach in 2008.

Mizzell said that he knows if Scott is given the opportunity to become Clemson’s offensive coordinator that he will do just as he has at every other stop during his young career – work hard and make the most of it.

He then said that Scott’s success hasn’t caught those that know Scott by surprise.

“Not the people that really know him. It didn't take long to figure out,” he said. “We hated to lose him here but when he left we knew he was well on his way. He's a guy that's really got his act together. He's very sharp. He's got a great knowledge of the game. He's got a great personality, which is why he recruits so well. He comes from a great family and has great morals. He's going to be really successful.”

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adam_ncnn®
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OrangeCrush777
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tigered1®
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mlhunter31
I say promote Scott to OC...He knows what to do...
cupton®
Re: I say promote Scott to OC...He knows what to do...
ChestyPuller0311®
I am not opposed to someone that is willing to push the
ragtop
Re: New Story: What kind of offensive coordinator would Jeff Scott be if promoted?
Tigerluvr
I was at the game that Scot won the state championship
SageMoody®
*Scott***
SageMoody®
Re: I was at the game that Scot won the state championship
Creektiger1
Woah, calm down.
SageMoody®
Re: I was at the game that Scot won the state championship
allorangeallthetime52®
Amen brotha! ??***
hufferbilly®
Re: I was at the game that Scot won the state championship
paws77
Re: I was at the game that Scot won the state championship
SageMoody®
He has my vote.
taterhead
Well, you're about to find out
BuzzPaw
give him the bowl game and see how it goes***
MB93Tiger®
Re: give him the bowl game and see how it goes***
ClemsonAlex
Re: New Story: What kind of offensive coordinator would Jeff Scott be if promoted?
coneross
Inexperienced, never called the first play or designed a
AllTimeClemson
excuse me REAL OC
AllTimeClemson
you think working as CM assistant for 3 years he didn't pick
MB93Tiger®
Re: you think working as CM assistant for 3 years he didn't pick
tmac9wr
Maybe, maybe not, how do we know, and what OC goes to
AllTimeClemson
Not making a case for him but we do have recentl
Boogs
Re: Not making a case for him but we do have recentl
tmac9wr
I thought he always coached qbs...
Boogs
You obviously know ZERO about what you are speaking...
clmsntgr1
Re: Maybe, maybe not, how do we know, and what OC goes to
DUFFER®
I'm sure you spewed this same crap when Clemson hired a WR
Bryanttiger®
And you know this,how?***
zettner®
Re: Inexperienced, never called the first play or designed a
bulabugs6
Didn't he design and call a fake fg against scar
Boogs
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tmac9wr
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tmac9wr
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dhtigerchick
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tmac9wr
He's "earned it" just like Cole Stoudt "earned" the starting
AllTimeClemson
Worked great this past Saturday.***
TigerTown
Re: Worked great this past Saturday.***
tmac9wr
Re: He's "earned it" just like Cole Stoudt "earned" the starting
DUFFER®
Re: New Story: What kind of offensive coordinator would Jeff Scott be if promoted?
allorangeallthetime52®
Where is Friedgen? Rutgers?
clemchem
Friedgen doesn't do the type of spread offense Dabo prefers.***
Razzmatazz
Should be obvious to all by now. Dabo makes great hires.
Orangetiger70®
Billy Napier and Kevin Steele say he doesnt, not ALWAYS
AllTimeClemson
When those didn't work out, what did Dabo do?***
zettner®
Re: When those didn't work out, what did Dabo do?***
tmac9wr
Re: When those didn't work out, what did Dabo do?***
tigersmoak
No, they werent already there
AllTimeClemson
Re: No, they werent already there
tigersmoak
playing the coot card = a liberal playing the race card
AllTimeClemson
Re: No, they werent already there
DUFFER®
The Napier fiasco probably cost us at least one ACC title.
Razzmatazz
Morris was a proven OC when we hired him?
TigerHawk76®
true but seems so risky when Watson's reign is only
WALLACE
Why not do your due diligence?? Why not even interview a
AllTimeClemson
Because Scott paid his dues, just like Stoudt. Loyalty>skill***
Razzmatazz
Re: Why not do your due diligence?? Why not even interview a
DUFFER®
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mothetiger®
love the sarcasm. ??
hufferbilly®
Cheaper than the last guy.***
RoperMtn®
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WhstigeR®
Why take the risk of Napier 2.0? Why not hire a proven OC?***
Razzmatazz
See my "love the sarcasm" post above...***
hufferbilly®
Re: Why take the risk of Napier 2.0? Why not hire a proven OC?***
bprice563
Re: Why take the risk of Napier 2.0? Why not hire a proven OC?***
bulabugs6
Re: Why take the risk of Napier 2.0? Why not hire a proven OC?***
84OX®
Totally agree
Prime T. Tiger
IMHO
HuntFishTigers
Does AD use TNet to propagandize fans for coach hires/fires?
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tmac9wr
What happened? Did your forum close down? Poor baby.***
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1988NC
Jeff Scott is the man for the job
clemson15
well we will find out how he'll do at the end of this month
clemson7024
Proof reading wouldn't hurt. Nice article***
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