Georgia football fans talk about Kirby Smart and Dan Lanning coaching up this defense, but more recently, they’ve realized defensive line coach Tray Scott has a big hand in this success as well.
Not to mention, he is killing it on the recruiting trail right now, as he helped flip one and have another re-commit to the Dawgs this week.
Scott joined the staff in February 2017, and it took some time for the fans to believe in him the way they do now.
However, he has been grinding and working his tail off since he got to Georgia. The way he coaches is so fun to watch, and the way the players respond to it is obviously positive. Scott is doing something right as in 2019, and in 2020, the Dawgs led the nation in rush defense.
Through seven games, Georgia is the No.1 SEC rush defense.
Earlier in the bye week, head coach Kirby Smart bragged about Scott in his Tuesday press conference.
"He is one of the best teachers and developers I have ever been around. He pours into his young men. His unit takes a lot of pride in their performance as a unit, and you see it reflect in the way he leads,” Smart said in his Tuesday press conference. A class act, he represents the University of Georgia the right way.”"
Since Smart said that, and Scott has had two guys commit this week, other coaches like Dan Lanning and Glenn Schumann have advocated for him on Twitter.
He has a way of connecting with each person he meets, and it’s obvious everyone who works with him loves it.
On Tuesday, Smart mentioned in his press conference that Scott learned from Pete Jenkins and how that is a special thing to have under his belt as a defensive line coach. The long-time coach is currently with the LSU Tigers as their defensive line coach, but it means something when Smart mentions a name like that.
As the saying goes, game recognizes game, and Smart isn’t afraid to give the credit where it’s due.
"He grew up under one of the legendary defensive line gurus and teachers in Pete Jenkins. Pete is kind of world renown for developing coaches. Tray came up under Pete and you know when you get one of Pete’s guys you are going to get a good one,” Smart said in his Tuesday press conference. “We have been able to do that, and we have been very blessed to have Tray and his family here. He does a wonderful job recruiting, pushing young men, challenging young men and developing young men so when they leave here, they are much better off.”"
The coaches love him, the players love him, and his hard work shows on the field.
Scott is young and will become a legend in his own time. Right now, he is already showing what kind of potential he has.
Smart has a lot of trust in Scott to do things to the standard he wants, and this defensive front exudes that level of sacrifice it takes to be that good. Scott did that with his dedication to improving his players, making sure they are ready and recruiting the best talent out there.
Georgia needs to give this man a raise and find a way to keep him around the program as long as possible. The way he develops players and has him buy into the program makes him just as big of an asset as Lanning himself — if not a bigger one.