Larry Scott | University of Florida

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Team: University of Florida
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Tight Ends Coach
Hometown: Sebring, Florida

Biography

Larry Scott has transformed Florida’s tight ends room since he joined the Gators as an assistant coach in January 2018. Since his arrival, the Gators have signed three tight ends tutored three redshirt seniors to career years last season.
 
The of Sebring, Fla. native has spent a majority of his coaching career in the state of Florida where he attended (1997-99) and coached (2006-12) at USF as well as Miami (2013-15).
 
Scott joins the Gators following a two-year stint in Knoxville where he served as the Vols’ special teams coordinator and tight ends coach in 2016 and their offensive coordinator and tight ends coach in 2017.
 
A graduate from the University of South Florida in 2000, Scott played offensive lineman for the Bulls. After four seasons of high school coaching experience, Scott joined the USF staff in 2005 as Director of High School Relations. During his time at USF, Scott coached the offensive line, tight ends and running backs as well as serving as a lead recruiter.
 
Scott helped lead the Bulls to their best recruiting class in program history in 2008 only to surpass that class with the nation’s No. 21 ranked class in 2009.
 
During his time in Coral Gables, Scott served as the Hurricanes’ tight ends coach for two-plus seasons (2013-15) prior to being named their interim head coach for the final six games of 2015. As Miami’s interim coach, Scott led the Hurricanes to a 4-2 mark and a berth in the Sun Bowl.
 
Florida (2018)
Despite the Gators losing just one of its four tight ends from the previous season, Scott guided his position group to multiple personal bests and better numbers as a unit from 2017.  
 
2018: 34 catches, 441 yards, 5 TDs
2017: 26 catches, 288 yards, 2 TDs
 
Redshirt senior Moral Stephens, who entered the season with just seven-career receptions, caught eight passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, R.J. Raymond secured his first-career touchdown reception against Tennessee and rookie Kyle Pitts became a versatile inside-and-outside threat for the Gators’ offense as he totaled 11 receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown.
 
Scott helped devise game plans each week that allowed 11 different Gators to record a touchdown reception in 2018, which was the most by a UF team since 2009. For perspective, Florida combined for 10 touchdown receptions in all of 2017.
 
Blocking was a huge emphasis for Scott and his student-athletes, that attention to detail throughout the offseason and practice paid off as Florida’s running backs totaled 2,771 yards rushing on 526 attempts in 2018. That mark passed the 2007 Gators (2,602) for the program’s third-highest rushing yardage total since the start of 1990; only the 2008 Gators (3,326) and 2009 Gators (3,105) had higher totals.
 
Moreover, UF rushed for 200-plus yards nine times, which tied the 2008 Gators for the highest number of times it hit that mark in a season since the start of 1996. For perspective, Florida combined for eight 200-yard rushing games from 2015-17.
 
Tennessee (2016-17)
Scott helped Ethan Wolf cap his career in 2017 as one of the greatest tight ends in Rocky Top history. Wolf ranked No. 2 among UT tight ends in career receptions (91) and No. 3 in receiving yards (998) and led the Vols with 47 starts.
 
Tennessee’s offense in 2017 saw running back John Kelly (778 rush yards, 37 catches) join Penn
State’s Saquon Barkley (1,271 rush yards, 54 catches) as the only two players in the Power 5 to lead their teams in rushing and receptions.
 
In 2016, Tennessee averaged 24.9 yards on 42 kickoff returns and 11.1 yards on 33 punt returns while punter Trevor Daniel averaged 44.6 yards per punt and kicker Aaron Medley scored 94 points (11 field goals, 61 extra points) while booting a personal-best 45 touchbacks on kickoffs.
 
UT’s tight ends combined for 45 receptions, 499 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 and helped pave the way for 2,668 rushing yards (5.2-yard average). Scott tutored fifth-year senior Jason Croom, who made the transition from wide receiver to tight end in 2016, to 21 catches for 242 yards on the season.
 
Miami (2013-15)
Scott spent two-plus seasons as the Hurricanes’ tight ends coach prior to being named their interim head coach for the final six games of 2015. As Miami’s interim head coach, Scott led the Hurricanes to a 4-2 mark and a berth in the Sun Bowl.
 
In 2014, Scott oversaw a tight end unit that combined for 52 receptions and 833 yards receiving. He also mentored Clive Walford, who had a breakout 2014 campaign where he led the team in receptions with 44.
Under Scott’s watchful eye, Walford earned third team All-America and second team All-ACC honors.
 
Following the year, Walford was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

USF (2005-12)
Prior to coming to Coral Gables, Scott spent the previous eight seasons at USF, beginning in 2005 as the director of high school relations. In 2006, he moved to a graduate assistant role before coaching
tight ends in 2007-08 and again in 2010-11. Between tight end coaching stints, he coached the offensive line in 2009. In 2012, he coached the running backs and became an offensive assistant.
 
During his second stint as the Bulls’ TE coach, Scott and his group helped USF to its fifth-straight eight-win season, making it one of only 15 programs nationally and one of just 10 in BCS leagues to accomplish the feat.
 
High School (2001-04)
Scott’s coaching career began in the high school ranks as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Tampa’s Wharton High School for four months (May-August) in 2001. From there, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from for three seasons (2001-03) at Freedom High School before returning to his alma mater, Sebring High School, in 2004 as the co-offensive coordinator.
 
Background 
Scott was a three-year letterwinner (1997-99) as an offensive tackle for USF and was a member of the first recruiting class that began practicing in 1996, the year before the first USF Football game.
 
In 2000, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
 
He arrived at USF after a successful three-sport career at Sebring, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the football team and also earned a pair of varsity letters in wrestling and baseball.
 
Scott and his wife, Shakiera, have three children: sons, Larry and Jalen; daughter, Jurnee.

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