Plebe receives praise, award after big spring

April 24, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Navy coach George Chaump needed little prodding to assess the development of the plebe who was all but forgotten on the JV team last fall.

"Ross Scott will be a starter in the fall," Chaump said, "without a shadow of a doubt."

It was a big afternoon for Scott during Navy's annual Blue-Gold game yesterday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The wide receiver from Hawkinsville, Ga., hooked up with quarterback Jim Kubiak on a 27-yard touchdown pass and caught another for an apparent score that was nullified by holding.

At halftime, Scott was named the recipient of the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award as the most improved player during spring drills. He is the first plebe and first wide receiver in the 19-year history of the award.

"He should be one of the finest receivers we've had at Navy if he continues to make the progress he did this spring," said Chaump of the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder.

Scott did little more than dabble in football with the jayvee, playing some wide receiver and returning a few kickoffs.

"I've improved a lot," said Scott. "Running routes. Picking up speed. With stretching and sprint work, I've cut my time in the 40 from 4.75 to 4.6. I could always catch the ball. It was just these little things."

Kubiak cited Scott's "great athletic ability and his talent to get open." Chaump praised Scott for his spark and "his knack for making great catches and knowing what to do with the ball after he gets it." Yesterday, Scott caught two passes for 42 yards.

The Blue, led by Kubiak, the No. 1 quarterback who completed 12 of 24 for 187 yards and one touchdown, defeated the Gold, 14-6.

"We were all right, but a little flat," said Kubiak, named yesterday a 1994 co-captain, along with defensive back Chris Hart. "We also had full scrimmages Wednesday and Thursday, so we left some intensity back there."

Roger Staubach, in town for a reunion of Navy's bowl teams, said Friday night in the press box during the Navy-Johns Hopkins lacrosse game that he would like to quarterback a series or two in the scrimmage. The plan met with Chaump's approval.

Staubach thought better of it, however, and backed out, not wanting to upstage the team on its biggest day of the spring.

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