The day was December 5th, 2015. 33 seconds left, third and goal on the Iowa one yard line. Connor Cook gives the ball to LJ, he gets stopped by three Iowa players and then has the presence of mind to pivot and reach over the goal-line, touchdown MSU.
Does the play still give you chills? It should. LJ Scott’s senior campaign should see moments like these in the big match-ups that the Spartans find themselves in this year. The senior returns with 2,899 total yards and 25 touchdowns over his freshman through junior year.
The focus has been on QB Brian Lewerke and his playmaking ability (some even saying a dark-horse for the Heisman Trophy). But when the weather gets ugly and the battle is in the trenches, the ball will be put in the control of LJ Scott.
Scott needs to have a monster senior year in order for the MSU offense to fire on all cylinders. The 4.5 yards per carry that we saw last year out of Scott will need to increase. There needs to be more big games like Minnesota and Washington State and less games like Iowa, OSU and Northwestern.
We’ve seen the big play ability and the power to break into the secondary. But what will be even more important will be the games where it is absolutely imperative to keep the ball on the ground in order to win. Mark Dantonio will need to feed the ball to someone he can trust to not turn it over, that will need to be LJ Scott.
Final stat line prediction for LJ Scott this year includes 210 carries for 1200 yards and 12 touchdowns. With the “Little Sister” comment that Scott had in July, he should be fully prepared for a huge game against Michigan come October 20th.
Michigan State football is less than 24 hours away, a team that is full of high expectations and has an incredible ceiling for something special this year.
In order for the team to meet their upmost potential, number three will have to bring his top ability for the entire season.