Bernard Scott is a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, who selected him with the 209th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Scott attended Abilene Christian, where he was the 2008 winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top Division II player. Due to numerous off-field problems, Scott ended up playing for three different schools over five years. Scott is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.
As a junior at Vernon High School in 2001, Scott ran for 2,424 yards and 19 touchdowns in 13 games. However, he was kicked off the team after the season due to an off-campus fight. Scott did not play football in 2002 or 2003, but enrolled at Central Arkansas to play football in 2004.
As a freshman at Central Arkansas, Scott was named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year. He rushed for 1,026 yards and 11 touchdowns, including six 100-yard games. However, he again got into trouble, getting kicked off the team for hitting a coach.
After another year away from football, Scott played for Blinn College, a junior college in Schulenburg, TX. He led the team to a NJCAA championship, rushing for 1,892 yards and 27 touchdowns. Scott was a first team NJCAA All-America selection and earned MVP honors in the Pilgrim's Pride Bowl. However, he was charged with misdemeanor theft, though the charges were dropped after his participation in a pretrial diversion program.
After one season at Blinn, Scott transferred to Abilene Christian, where he started for two seasons. As a junior, Scott rushed for 2,165 yards and 35 touchdowns, setting school records in both categories. He was a Division II All-America selection.
Scott's senior season led to more accolades. He rushed for 2,156 yards and 28 touchdowns, becoming Abilene Christian's career leader in rushing yards in just two seasons. He was named the top player in Division II, leading the nation in points per game and all-purpose yards. Scott finished his career having rushed for at least 100 yards in 17 consecutive games. He eclipsed the 200-yard mark in four of his final six games. In the second round of the Division II playoffs, Scott set records by rushing for 292 yards and seven touchdowns in Abilene Christian's 93-68 win over West Texas A&M. His final college game came in the Texas vs The Nation All-Star Classic. Playing for the Texas team, Scott rushed for a game-high 62 yards on 12 attempts.
Troubles at Abilene Christian
While at Abilene Christian, Scott was arrested for some traffic-related misdemeanors, and he was sentenced to 18 months of probation for failing to identify himself during a traffic stop in Abilene in the spring of 2007.
Scott was selected in the 6th round (209th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Before the 2009 season, Scott signed a contract with Cincinnati. Terms were not disclosed. Scott had his breakout game in Week 10 against the Steelers, returning a kickoff for a touchdown and rushing 13 times after Bengals starting running back Cedric Benson got hurt. The next week, Scott started in place of the injured Benson, racking up his first career 100-yard game.
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