Few college players follow up a co-Offensive MVP season by taking a healthy redshirt to allow someone else to start in their stead. But Scott made that move in order to allow Nick Foles to run the Wildcats offense in 2011. The move looks like it might have paid off, as Scott was a great fit for new Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguezs spread attack.
Scott was a high school All-American from California before going to Tucson, accumulating more than 3,500 yards of offense and 30 touchdowns as a senior. Former UA coach Mike Stoops put Scott on the field as a true freshman, though it was mostly as a runner taking snaps (23-188 rushing; 7-11 passing, 84 yds, TD). Stoops gave Scott his chance to start in 2009, but after three games he lost the job to Foles (finishing the year by completing 56.9 percent of his passes, 441 yards, three TD, one INT passing; 41-309 rushing). The team gave co-Offensive MVP honors to all three Wildcats quarterbacks after the 2010 season, so Scott shared the award Foles and Bryson Beirne as a junior despite playing in seven games with two starts (71 percent, 776 yards, four TD, two INT passing; 35-135 rushing). In 2012, Matt Scott completed 301 of 499 passes (60.3 percent), threw 27 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He added 506 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
Good height and arm strength for the position. Stands tall in the pocket, is decisive on his first read, willing to stick passes in tight windows over the middle. Able to stretch offenses vertically with his arm, also throw out routes across the field with velocity and accuracy. Will step up in pocket when needed, escapes quickly when feeling pressure. Accurate throwing on the run to the left and right, keeps shoulders square and the ball comes out of his hand well. Quick release on hot throws. Elusive as a ballcarrier on keepers, agile enough to sidestep oncoming defenders and has the straight-line speed to burst into the open for big gains.
Possesses a somewhat lean build and propensity to take off out of the pocket brings durability into question. Sails throws on occasion, needs to throttle that down and show more touch on fades, throws over the top and close to the line of scrimmage. Shows too much confidence in his arm, throws into coverage. Footwork is inconsistent, fails to step into throws or open hips when throwing to his left, resulting in passes coming up short. Double-hitches, uses a tap on the ball as a timing mechanism. Bit of a leggy runner in the open field, might not elude pro linebackers as easily as he can in college. Regularly locks into first option. Operates almost exclusively out of the shotgun, though hes been under center in previous years.
A high school All-American from California, Scotts career in Tucson hasnt gone exactly how he had imagined. He threw 176 passes in three years, lost his starting job to eventual 2012 third-round pick of the Eagles, Nick Foles, as a sophomore and decided to take a healthy redshirt in 2011 so he could be in charge after Foles used up his eligibility. His strong arm and excellent mobility fit perfectly the offensive system installed by new Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez however, and Scott will surely interest teams as a "dual threat" QB option to develop.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.