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“Athlete of the Week: Matt Scott, Quarterback”

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott did more than just fill in for starter Nick Foles Saturday against Washington.

It had been over 13 months since his last start, but he used that time to study the game and eventually turn in an 18-for-22, 233-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Huskies.

Scott also gained 65 yards on the ground and compiled a passer rating of 200.78. The performance by the 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback earned him the Pacific 10 Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Nick Foles is back practicing and questionable for Saturday’s game against UCLA, but Scott believes he’s earned playing time and could see the Wildcats playing both him and Foles.

“”Hopefully I get a lot more playing time even if Nick does go in,”” Scott sad. “”Maybe we can go dual system. It will really wreak havoc for the defense.””

“”I think we could do a lot of damage with that,”” he added. “”It looks good, and we’ll see what happens.””

But like everyone else, Scott is still in the dark on who will start under center Saturday.

“”I have no idea,”” he said. “”Coach hasn’t said anything to us yet so we’re going to cross that bridge when we get to it.””

The Arizona Daily Wildcat caught up with Scott Monday after practice to talk about his newest award, his idol growing up and some of his ink.


Daily Wildcat: What does the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week award mean to you?

Matt Scott: It means a lot to me. I feel like I’ve really worked hard in this past year to really improve and work on every aspect of my game, and I feel like I’ve done that. It makes me real happy to receive that award.

So at the start of this year if I would have told you that you were going to win Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week at some point what would you have said?

I probably would have told you that you were crazy (laughs). But things happen, you know, that’s just how football is.

You came to Arizona as a four-star recruit, with offers to schools like Michigan. What was it like losing the starting job and sitting?

You know, coming out of high school and being a big recruit and everything, it’s tough. Coming here and losing the spot, it’s a real humbling experience. I’ve learned from that. I’ve just tried to improve every day and take my game to the next level.

What was the whole game experience like for you Saturday?

It was real exciting, just seeing the whole crowd excited. I ran over there and gave high fives to everybody, telling them ‘thank you, you guys are great.’ The fans are a vital aspect to this program and we wouldn’t have a lot of the things we have without them so I was just telling them how much I appreciate them.

Was that your greatest football moment?

Probably, yeah.

So what’s with the hair?

Well me and Bryson (Beirne) just kind of kept it going this summer. We haven’t really set a time limit for when we cut it but I’ll probably cut it after the season, after the bowl game.

I always see the MARS tattoo down your right arm, what’s behind that?

I’m a martian (laughs). No, that’s my initials, so I got that tatted.

Who’s your NFL team?

I have to say the Vikings. I’ve been a fan ever since they had Daunte Culpepper, and Randy Moss and Cris Carter back in the day.

Who was your idol growing up?

I think it was Vince Young, ever since he came in the Rose Bowl and beat the Trojans I was like ‘dang, who is this guy. I want to be just like him.’ He’s been through a lot, but he’s a great player, a great leader and he makes things happen.

Who’s the fastest guy on the team, are you up there?

I’d like to think so, but a lot of people would probably tell you I’m not.

Keola (Antolin) said he was faster than you.

Yeah he probably is. He’s a running back though, so he’s supposed to be (laughs).

Who’s the funniest, most entertaining guy on the team?

Robert Golden. Golden. Oh man, the guy is just a character. He’ll come out, yelling, screaming, saying the weirdest things but he has the whole locker room cracking up all the time.

If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?

Probably playing baseball. I played two years in high school and then I actually stopped to play football. I actually played baseball my whole life, longer than I played football.

What position?

Shortstop and pitcher.

How hard did you throw?

My freshman year of high school I was probably throwing about 83. I don’t know how fast I throw now, but I imagine it’s a little faster.

Lastly, who’s your dream girl?

What’s the one girl’s name? Megan Fox. I’d like to have Megan Fox (laughs). She’s bad.

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