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Arizona football: Scott's NFL hopes lift after dark start

2013-05-17T00:00:00Z 2013-05-17T12:16:51Z Arizona football: Scott's NFL hopes lift after dark startDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Matt Scott's NFL career started like a bad dream.

First, the former Arizona Wildcats quarterback didn't get picked in last month's NFL draft - a surprise to anyone who followed the three-day event.

He then signed a rookie free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and headed to Florida for a three-day rookie mini-camp.

On the first day, Scott sprained his ankle trying to chase down a defender after throwing an interception.

Bad dream, nightmare, unlucky, call it what you want. It wasn't what the signal-caller was hoping for.

"It was a pretty bad way to start," Scott told the Star this week. "It's not how you imagine it going. That's for sure."

So it didn't start the way he wanted, but Scott isn't dwelling on the setbacks.

Instead, he's focusing on the positive.

"I'm in the NFL," Scott said. "It was a real big moment in my life when I walked into that locker room for the first time.

"It's obviously been a lifelong dream of mine."

Scott watched all three days of the NFL draft. He knew he wouldn't hear his name called on the first day. He thought there was an outside chance it would be called on day two for the second and third rounds.

When it wasn't, he thought for sure he'd be drafted on the final day, which covered the final four rounds.

It didn't help when ESPN opened its final day of coverage talking about Scott being a perfect fit for Chip Kelly's new Philadelphia Eagles offense.

Still, the day came and went with no Scott.

"It was tough because I definitely expected to be drafted," Scott said. "I was upset about it then, but now it really doesn't matter.

"I'm with a team the same way a first-round pick is."

Indeed.

Scott, whose ankle now is near 100 percent, will stay in Jacksonville for offseason organized team activities (OTAs) through next month.

He has been reunited with former UA quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo, who now serves in that role for the Jaguars.

"That was a big factor, but not the only reason I chose to sign with them," Scott said. "Of all the teams I talked to after the draft, they were the only ones with just two quarterbacks on their roster.

"I felt I had the best chance to make their roster, plus I got to work with coach Scelfo again."

Scott's chances have improved even more since he signed. The team inked another undrafted quarterback, Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers, who this week had surgery for a sports hernia and will be sidelined for the rest of the offseason activities. That only helps Scott's chances of winning the No. 3 job or a spot on the practice squad.

"I'm excited about what's ahead, and I just want to continue to make a name for myself," Scott said.

Scott isn't the only former Wildcat trying to make a name for himself this spring.

Kyle Quinn, the UA's starting center the past two seasons, is participating in OTAs with the Eagles. He's working at center and both guard spots and is hoping to make the 53-man roster this fall.

He had his welcome-to-the-NFL moment Tuesday.

"We were doing shotgun snaps and I looked and I realized I was snapping to Michael Vick," Quinn said. "I was like, 'OK, it's hit me. I'm here.' "

His adjustment to the NFL has been aided by former Arizona teammate Nick Foles, who meets with Quinn to watch extra film and learn the offense faster.

"Never in a million years did I think we'd be teammates again," Quinn said. "It's been awesome."

Extra points

• Receiver Dan Buckner is participating in OTAs with the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted.

• Fullback Taimi Tutogi participated in rookie mini-camp with Tampa Bay and New Orleans on a tryout basis, but has yet to be signed by a team.

• Linebacker Jake Fischer was one of 42 defensive players named to the Lott Impact Trophy Watch List on Thursday. The award is given to a player that excels both on and off the field.

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 3 0 0.769
USC 6 3 0 0.667 8 4 0 0.667
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 9 4 0 0.692
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 12 1 0 0.923
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 7 5 0 0.583
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 5 0 0.615
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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