Former Trojan sidelined with knee injury
WESSON — The fourth game of the season was the biggest highlight of the year last season for Copiah-Lincoln Community College wide receiver De’Vante Scott.
The Wolfpack faced Jones County Junior College, and the freshman from Ferriday High School hauled in four catches for more than 100 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
This season, Scott’s fourth game of the year was more of a nightmare than a dream.
During the Wolfpack’s 21-6 victory over Hinds Community College, Scott fielded a punt and as he started his return, he heard a pop in his left knee. As he turned he heard it pop more, and he fell to the ground.
“It hurt bad,” Scott said. “I felt it. I tore my ACL, MCL and a couple other ligaments.”
In just three games, Scott had almost equaled the number of receptions he had his entire freshman season.
He hauled in 14 passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns in the first three games of the season for the Wolfpack, but his injury will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
“We were throwing the ball more, and I was catching the ball more,” he said. “It’s a big setback. I haven’t had anything like that.”
Scott said he has heard multiple opinions from doctors on how long he is expected to be away from the game.
“Some doctors said six to eight months, and some said it could be less,” he said. “I just have to do my rehab, and they told me to take my time.”
Scott is committed to play at Mississippi State University next fall, and he said the Bulldogs coaching staff contacted him after his injury.
“They talked to me, and told me they still have my offer for me,” he said. “They just said to do my rehab first of all and make sure I go through my full rehab.”
Scott is scheduled to enroll at Mississippi State in January.
Scott said the doctors are waiting until the swelling in his knee goes down before they do surgery, and he expects that to be next week.
Scott hopes that he can beat the doctors’ estimates, and he said he would be focused on working hard to get back into playing shape.
“I know I have to work hard,” he said. “First I have to have a positive rehab, and then when I do get back on the field I have to get used to running on it and trusting it. I would like to be back and hope I can do it in three months, but I know it might take longer than that.”