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    Leonard Scott     
     
      Leonard Scott
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Zachary, La.

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 175

Event:
100/ 200


2001-Outdoor-
Won Volunteer Award for toughest competitor along with Sean Lambert at team banquet...Garnered All-America acclaim in Tennessee’s NCAA Outdoor title run in both the 200M dash and 4x100M relay...Took sixth in the 200M dash in 20.92w to provide a crucial three points that vaulted Tennessee into a 49-point tie with TCU in the nip-and-tuck team race...A valuable relay man, Scott anchored the school-record 4x100M relay effort, a 38.66 timing, at the NCAA Outdoor semifinals (May 30)...Scott also contributed to the point total by running his familiar anchor leg of Tennessee’s second-place 4x100M relay in 38.80 in the NCAA finals, the second-fastest time in school history...Clocked his personal-best, 10.05 in the 100M dash prelims (May 31) at the NCAAs to rewrite Terry Scott’s 10.08 school record set in 1985...However, Scott missed qualifying for the 100M dash finals with a 10th-place, 10.46 in the semis...Scott notched his fastest 200M dash time in all conditions with a third-place, 20.10w in the NCAA semifinals (May 30)...Scott contributed 17.5 points to Tennessee’s first SEC Outdoor title since 1991...Scott claimed another SEC title with his win in the 100M dash, a 10.22 clocking into a slight headwind (May 13)...Additionally, he ran his familiar anchor leg to victory in the 4x100M relay in 39.57 at the SEC Outdoors...Scott took fourth in the 200M dash in 20.84 at the SEC Outdoors...However, Scott’s blistering personal best 20.34 at the SECs in the 200M dash preliminaries (May 11) stands as his career best...Scott put on a show at the Sea Ray Relays in a performance that saw him go undefeated each of the four times he stepped on the track culminating in the Tony Wilson Memorial Award for the best track performer...Scott scooted to then personal bests of 10.13 (the fastest wind-legal 100M dash in the NCAA) and 20.38 (the second-fastest 200M dash in the NCAA) to win the 100M and 200M dashes at the Sea Rays (April 13)...Scott returned to the track April 14 to anchor the winning 4x200M relay team to a school, track and meet record (1:20.90) after anchoring the Vol 4x100M relay team to a winning 39.30 finish, its second fastest of the season...Of the four men’s Sea Ray Relays records broken at the 2001 meet, Scott had a hand in two of them (200M dash and 4x200M relay)...Scott earned his fourth SEC Track Athlete of the Week honor of 2001 courtesy of his record-breaking performance at the Sea Rays...Named Male Athlete of the Year by the Daily Beacon (UT’s school paper) from a cast of every Tennessee male student-athlete...Ran the fourth leg of Tennessee’s winning 4x100M relay effort (39.63) at the Gatorade Track Classic...Sprinted out to the early NCAA lead in his first 100M dash race outdoors with a 10.13 to win the event at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. ...Scott’s 10.13, a NCAA automatic qualifier, is the second-fastest wind-legal effort of his career...Scott also anchored Tennessee’s 4x100M relay effort, a 39.00 that broke a 20-year-old school record (later improved at the NCAA meet)...Scott earned SEC Track Athlete of the Week honors for his record-breaking performance at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.

Indoor- Named South Region Indoor Athlete of the Year by the USTCA...Scott was undefeated in the sprints on the year until the NCAA Indoor Championships...Holds a 4-1 record in the 55M/60M dash and 3-1 record in the 200M dash on the indoor season...Scott won SEC Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors twice, the only athlete to do so, in his solid indoor campaign...Blazed to the top of the national sprint lists with torrid 6.48 and 20.47 finishes in winning the sprint double at the SEC Indoor Championships (Feb. 24-25)... Scott’s career day at the SEC Indoors also included SEC Indoor meet records and school indoor records in both events while also running the fifth (tied)-fastest 60M dash and sixth-fastest 200M dash time ever by an American...Led the Tennessee sprint trio to a top three sweep in both the 60M dash and 200M dash, the first school in conference history to do so...Scored 21.25 points (60M dash, first, 10 pts.; 200M dash, first, 10 pts.; 4x400M relay, fourth, 1.25 pts.) at the SEC Indoors to narrowly miss meet high scorer honors by .25 of a point...Also ran a 46.4 split, the second-fastest of any Vol, on the second leg of the 4x400M relay, a season-best, provisional effort of 3:09.60 at the SEC Indoors...Suffered a string of bad luck at the NCAA Indoor Championships when an overnight hospital stay and a slipped starting block slowed him...Scott earned All-America honors twice by finishing third in the 200M dash (20.61) and sixth in the 60M dash (6.78)...At the NCAA Indoors, Scott began hurting before the 200M dash finals Friday night and was rushed to the hospital late that night before the next day’s 60M dash finals...After a diagnosis of a kidney stone (since rediagnosed as stenosis, where the tube between the kidney and bladder is narrower than normal) and an overnight hospital stay, Scott’s status was uncertain as he began warming up for the 60M dash finals...Scott took sixth in the race after nearly falling when his starting blocks slipped nine hours after he was discharged from the hospital...Scooted to two nation-leading marks in the same day at the SEC Quad (Jan. 20) in Lexington, Ky., by winning the 60M dash (6.57) and 200M dash (20.80) with automatic qualifying times... Was Tennessee’s second-highest scorer at the SEC Quad with 18 points to earn SEC Athlete of the Week honors for the first time of the season...Clocked an eye-popping 6.10 in winning the 55M dash at the Tennessee Indoor Invitational (Feb. 16)...When converted to 60M, Scott’s 55M time of 6.10 becomes 6.56, which ties his school record and 60M dash personal best...Converted 6.56 gave Scott sole possession of national lead in the 60M dash and another SEC Athlete of the Week honor as he broke an 18-year-old Stokely Athletics Center record in the process...Scott’s career-best 55M dash time (6.07) came at the SEC Indoors in 1999...Crossed first in his opening 60M dash race of the season (6.63) at the New Year’s Invitational at Virginia Tech...Ran a 20.86 in winning the 200M dash at the Pepsi Valentine’s Invitational at Virginia Tech...Ran the second and fastest leg (47.4) on Tennessee’s second-place mile relay (3:13.97) at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 3) at Notre Dame...Ran the second leg on Tennessee’s winning 4x400M relay (3:11.53) and its fastest of the season at the Pepsi Valentine’s Invitational.

2000-Outdoor-
Qualified for the semifinals of the 100M and 200M dash at the NCAA Championships with times of 10.38 (16th) and 21.17 (15th) in the preliminaries...NCAA trip ended with semifinals times of 10.35 (14th) and 20.82 (11th) from lane one...Missed the SEC Championships with a slight strain of his right quadricep...In his first action since the injury, Scott ran a steady third leg of Tennessee’s provisionally-qualified 4x400M relay (3:04.72), the fastest Vol time since 1992...Ran the provisional time that took him to the NCAAs at the SEC Quad (April 1) in Auburn, Ala., a 20.59 to take third...Also ran his best wind-aided 100M dash of the season at the SEC Quad by clocking a 10.18w to earn third...Won the 200M dash at the Sea Ray Relays (April 14) in 20.61...Career-best wind-legal 100M dash time of 10.26 came at the Sea Ray Relays where he finished third... Ran a 10.45 in the 100M dash at the Florida Relays (March 25) to grab second...Crossed the line in 10.38w in the 100M dash at the National Invitational Team Championships (April 22) to finish eighth...Also ran a 20.91 in the same meet to qualify for the finals but scratched...Ran the second leg of Tennessee’s two season-best 4x100M relay times (40.17 at the Florida Relays and 20.20 at the Sea Ray Relays).

Indoor-
Scott earned All-America honors in the 60M dash and 200M dash for his performance at the NCAA Championships... Finished fourth in the 200M dash in 20.55 at the NCAAs... Placed fifth in the 60M dash at the NCAAs after running a 6.68...Scott matched his season-best 60M time from the Wisconsin Elite Invitational by running a 6.62 in the NCAA preliminaries...Broke the school indoor 200M dash record twice in the same day at the NCAA Championships (March 10) by running a 20.75 in the preliminaries before speeding to finish 20.55 in the finals...Scott broke the school indoor 200M dash record four times during the 2000 indoor season and five times in his career...At the SECs, Scott ran a 20.85 to take third in the 200M dash and earn second in the 60M dash by running a 6.63...Notched provisional times in his first 60M dash of the season, a 6.66 at the SEC Quad in Lexington, Ky., and in his first 200M dash of the season, a 20.95 at the Kroger Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. ...Additionally, Scott often ran the fastest splits on Tennessee’s 4x400M relay teams...Scott ran the third leg of the Vols’ top two 4x400M relay efforts of the season, a 3:12.65 at the SEC Championships and a 3:13.41 at the Kroger Invitational.

1999- A tremendous competitor and world-class sprinter who rewrote the Tennessee record books in his rookie campaign... Took NCAA Indoor 60M dash title in 6.58 to earn his first All-America selection on the year...Finished second at the SEC Indoor Championships in the 55M dash with time of 6.12 and earned third in the 200M dash in an indoor school-record 20.97...Second all-time on the Tennessee best list in the 55M dash with his blazing SEC Indoor preliminary heat time of 6.07 which was also a SEC meet record for 55M...Etched his name tops in the record book with a Tennessee all-time best 6.56 in winning the 60M dash at the IKON Invitational in Johnson City...Mark of 6.64 in victory at the Tennessee/Indiana/Ohio State three-way meet tied the previous school record 60M dash effort...Claimed another title by breaking the tape first in 6.68 in the 60M dash at the Virginia Tech Invitational...Outdoors, Scott didn’t disappoint either...Tabbed All-America the second time of the year in the 100M dash by virtue of 10.14 in the first heat and eventual eighth-place (U.S.) finish, ninth overall, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...However, Scott’s semi-final heat time lacked .004 of a second to qualify for the finals of the 100M dash at the NCAAs...Ranked as fastest junior sprinter in the world according to World Junior Athletics News...Won the U.S. Junior National 100M title in 10.12w and earned spot on the U.S. Jr. Pan-Am team...Took runner-up honors at the Miami Invitational in the 100M dash with a time of 10.38, only .04 seconds behind the winner, Olympic sprinter Dennis Mitchell... Ran a wind-aided 9.83 in the 100M dash at the Sea Ray Relays to win the Tony Wilson Outstanding Track Performer Award...Won the Most Valuable Freshman Award for UT.

HIGH SCHOOL- State champion in both the 100M and 200M...Played football and track at Zachary High...Won state indoor title in the 55M as a junior and finished third in the 60M at the National Scholastic in Boston...Named All-Conference and team MVP in football after senior season...Highly touted recruit in both sports...Ranked fourth in world juniors...Also ran the 4x100M and 4x200M relays... Holds school records in the 100M (10.2) and 200M (21.03)...All-Metro and All-District in football...Member of 1998 National Champion Tennessee Volunteers football team and current squad.

FOOTBALL- Honors: The Sporting News Freshman All-America squad in 1999, SEC All-Freshman by Knoxville News-Sentinel. Wears No. 26, just like Willie Gault, another famed Tennessee sprinter/hurdler and kick returner.

2001- Stands second to legendary Willie Gault in Tennessee’s career kickoff returns (72) and yardage (1,698) list...Handled 25 kickoff returns for 522 yards for a 20.9-yard average...Season-long return of 49 yards came against Kentucky...Rolled up 144 yards in return yardage for the second-best day of his career...A deep threat at receiver whenever he steps onto the field...Hauled in a 17-yard TD reception against Georgia.

2000- Averaged 23.6 yards per kickoff return in 2000, fourth in SEC and 28th nationally...Twenty-seven returns ranked second on UT season list and 636 kickoff return yards were just 26 shy of Gault's 1980 season record...Key 44-yard return at Memphis set up game-winning field goal drive... Averaged 28.4 yards per return in season's final five games... Had 11 returns of 25 yards or more.

1999- Led the SEC in kickoff returns in 1999 with 27.0 yard average per return, which also ranked 11th nationally...Set a school record with 169 yards in kickoff return yards against Georgia...Also tied a school record against the Bulldogs with a 100-yard kickoff return for a score.

CAREER TOTALS: Kickoff returns -- 72 kickoff returns, 1,698 yards, 23.6 average, 1 TD, long-100 vs. Georgia, 1999. Receiving -- 12 receptions, 169 yards, 14.1 average, two touchdowns, long-43 vs. Notre Dame, 1999. Rushing -- Eight rushes, 72 yards, 9.0 average, one touchdown, long-45 vs. La.-Monroe, 2000.

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