Duke Football BIO
33 Desmond Scott
2011: Played in nine games with four starts ... missed weeks against Stanford, Boston College and Tulane due to injury ... received starting assignments versus Virginia Tech, Miami, Virginia and Georgia Tech ... rushed 72 times for 367 yards and two TDs ... averaged 5.10 yards per rushing attempt ... caught 25 passes for 135 yards, returned 19 kickoffs for 375 yards and a 19.74 yards per return average ... finished second on the team in rushing yards, third in all-purpose yardage and fifth in pass receptions ... ranked ninth in the ACC in kickoff return average ... among ACC RBs, ranked fourth in pass receptions ... led Duke with three rushes of 25+ yards ... rushed 11 times for a season-high 80 yards and one TD in the season-opener versus Richmond ... had 72 yards on the ground including a three-yard TD run and a season-long 47-yard effort against No. 15 Virginia Tech ... also against the Hokies, became the 39th player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau on the ground ... caught at least one pass in all nine games played, with eight weeks with 2+ receptions ... pass reception total matched the 15th-highest single-season total by a Duke running back ... had a season-best five grabs for 33 yards against Wake Forest and four-catch outings versus both FIU and Virginia Tech ... compiled a season-high 176 all-purpose yards at Miami with 52 rushing yards, 27 receiving yards and 97 kickoff return yards ... logged a season-best 111 kickoff return yards on five attempts against Georgia Tech ... had 75+ all-purpose yards in seven games ... paired with Juwan Thompson (22) to match the 10th-highest single-season reception total (47) by two RBs in school history ... teamed with Conner Vernon (70) and Cooper Helfet (43) to form the seventh-most prolific WR-TE-RB receiving trio (138 receptions) in Duke history ... part of a Duke offense that ranked second in the ACC in passing while rushing for 19 TDs to match the program’s highest output since 1994 ... played 300 total snaps.
2010: Played in all 12 games with 11 starting assignments ... rushed 120 times for a team-best 530 yards and three TDs ... averaged 4.42 yards per carry ... added 34 receptions for 266 yards while returning 15 kickoffs for 287 yards ... ranked eighth in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game (90.2) ... among ACC running backs, ranked second in pass receptions and fifth in receiving yardage ... joined Chris Douglas (2000-01) as the only two players to lead Duke in rushing as both freshmen and sophomores ... led Duke with four rushes of 25+ yards ... rushed 11 times for a season-high 122 yards with a 63-yard TD run at Wake Forest ... in the 54-48 victory over Virginia, had 17 carries for 97 yards including the game-winning 35-yard scoring run with 40 seconds left in the fourth period ... picked up 77 yards and one TD on 15 attempts versus Elon ... had a season-best six receptions against Boston College and five versus both Navy and Georgia Tech ... reception total ranks 10th on Duke’s single-season chart for catches by a running back ... caught at least one pass in all 12 games ... teamed with Conner Vernon (73) and Cooper Helfet (34) to form the fourth-most prolific WR-TE-RB receiving trio (141 receptions) in Duke history ... paired with Vernon to form the sixth-most prolific WR-RB receiving duo (107 receptions) in Duke history ... key part of a passing attack that ranked second in the ACC and had five players with 30+ receptions for just the second time in school history ... aided in Duke’s enhanced rushing attack that showed marked improvement in yards per game (+46.5), yards per attempt (+1.2), runs of 20 or more yards (+8) and total rushing TDs (+13) ... played 489 total snaps.
2009: Freshman All-ACC selection by Sporting News as a kick return specialist ... played in nine games with four starting assignments ... did not play in the first three games of the year ... received starts against N.C. Central, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Miami ... rushed for a team-high 262 yards on 70 carries to become just the seventh true freshman in school history to pace the squad in rushing ... also had 18 pass receptions for 147 yards while returning 18 kickoffs for 452 yards ... in the ACC, ranked fifth in kickoff return average (25.11) and seventh in all-purpose yards per game (95.7) ... kickoff return average ranks eighth on Duke’s single-season list ... established Duke rookie single-game records for kickoff returns (7 vs. Wake Forest) and all-purpose yards (259 vs. Wake Forest) ... totals rank tied for second and third on Duke’s overall single-game list ... amassed 861 all-purpose yards — the sixth-highest single-season total by a freshman in Blue Devil history ... earned starting nod in first collegiate outing and responded with 100 rushing yards on 16 attempts with a 23-yard TD run against N.C. Central ... caught a season-high five passes against both N.C. State (37 yards) and Georgia Tech (season-high 45 yards) ... on the field for a total of 283 snaps.
Prior to Duke: Two-year letterman at Hillside under Ray Harrison ... played freshman and sophomore years at Southern High School ... 2008 All-America pick by SuperPrep ... charted as the top running back in North Carolina and the 23rd-best back in the country by ESPN.com ... listed as the fifth-top all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.com ... as a senior, rushed 256 times for 2,249 yards and 24 TDs while catching 30 passes for 532 yards and five TDs ... added four kickoff returns for TDs as Hillside went 12-2-1 and reached the state semifinals ... rushed for 905 yards and eight TDs as a junior ... career prep totals were 568 rushing attempts for 4,690 yards and 63 TDs and 100 pass receptions for 1,630 yards and 11 TDs ... also lettered in track and field.
Personal: Son of Lisa and Tony Scott ... born November 12, 1990 ... high school teammate of fellow Duke football team member Corey Gattis ... majoring in history while minoring in both African and African-American studies and education.