By Kyle Alford
Special to the Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott made his much-awaited return to the field Saturday against Troy.
It was Scott’s first action since the Texas A&M game on Oct.12. He was originally diagnosed with a thigh bruise, but it was later discovered that a bone spur was putting pressure on a nerve, leading to four weeks out of action.
The injury interrupted what had been a strong start to his senior season. Scott set a career-high in rushing with 164 yards against Texas and had 424 yards through five games.
His first game back wasn’t a shabby performance either, totaling 83 all-purpose yards.
“I felt pretty good. It felt great to be back out there with my teammates just making plays,” he said.
With the Rebels’ game against a top-ten ranked Missouri team next week, it doesn’t hurt that Scott’s first game back was against a lesser opponent.
“I think it’s big, because next week we have a huge, huge game,” Scott said. “They’re just trying to get me back in the groove and knock off a little rust.”
Getting rid of the rust meant getting some touches, and Scott had 11 rush attempts for 54 yards, two catches for 25 yards.
“We just wanted to make sure he knows he’s back,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “After his last carry, I asked him how he felt, and he said he didn’t feel crisp but that he wasn’t in pain. It was good to get him some snaps this week, and maybe he can knock all that rust off net week and get back to his old self.”
Quarterback Bo Wallace was glad to welcome a home-run threat back to the offense.
“Jeff looked good,” Wallace said. “We have three or four good backs, and that’s what you need in this conference, especially these next few games.”