WORTH NOTING: Honors candidate ... in his first season as Virginia's punter in 1998, boomed five punts of at least 60 yards ... that is the school record for the most in a season ... Russ Henderson (1978) and Will Brice (1994) had four in one season ... only Henderson (11) and Brice (10) had more in a career than Scott had last season ... excellent placement and hang time ... transferred to Virginia from Catholic University in the fall of 1996 ... attended Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., during the 1995-96 academic year ... lettered as a freshman guard on the basketball team at Catholic University ... helped the Cardinals advance to the 1996 NCAA Division III Tournament, averaging 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game ... earned Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Region Rookie of the Week honors.
HONORS: 1998-Honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... ACC Specialist of the Week following UVa's game against N.C. State (Oct. 24).
AT VIRGINIA: 1998-Won a spirited battle with Mike Abrams for the punting job in the 1998 preseason ... turned in an outstanding season in his first year as Virginia's punter ... averaged 42.6 yards for 58 punts ... his average is tied for the third-best average in school history ... ranked third in the ACC in punting ... Virginia was second in the league in net punting (37.9 avg.) ... had 16 punts of at least 50 yards, including a school-record five of more than 60 yards ... buried 23 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... since Virginia started keeping track of punts inside the 20 in 1984, only Will Brice ever had more in a season ... Brice had 26 in 1995 ... kicked the first punt of his career 55 yards in the season opener at Auburn in front of a crowd of nearly 80,000 ... coolly dropped his second punt in that game at the Auburn one-yard line ... for the game he averaged 38.5 yards on six punts ... was even better against Maryland in the next game ... averaged 47.5 yards on six punts ... buried two punts inside the 20-yard line against the Terrapins and set off a rocket of a punt of 66 yards (that carried approximately 85 yards off his foot before landing deep in the end zone) ... punted 10 times for a 44.4-yard average against Duke, placing four punts inside Duke's 20-yard line ... his performance on Oct. 24 against N.C. State was important to the Cavaliers' 23-13 win ... punted seven times for a 39.3-yard average, and consistently put the explosive Wolfpack offense in bad field position ... for the game, N.C. State's average starting field position was its own 16-yard line ... buried six punts inside State's 20-yard line, including four inside the 10 ... his ability to punt the ball high enabled his coverage team to limit Torry Holt to only one return for one yard ... his first punt of the afternoon carried 68 yards and was buried at the three-yard line ... that punt is tied for the 11th-longest boot in school history ... was named the ACC Specialist of the Week for his performance against N.C. State ... averaged 46.8 yards on four punts vs. Wake Forest, burying three inside Wake's 20-yard line ... three of his punts were at least 50 yards ... followed that by punting four times against Florida State for a 48.5-yard average and had a 61-yard punt ... punted seven times for a 45.1-yard average with a long of 56 yards against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... lettered for the first time. 1997-Joined the team as a walk-on during spring practice period ... listed as the number-two punter all season behind Frank Rotella, but did not see any game action ... was in uniform for all 11 games.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered twice in football as a punter and split end for coach Doug Boswell at St. Albans School ... earned All-Interstate Athletic Conference honors ... preseason All-American by Blue Chip and SuperPrep his senior year ... earned four letters each in basketball and golf ... received All-County recognition in both sports ... also was an All-Interstate Conference champion and All-Conference selection in golf ... from same high school as UVa teammate Patrick Washington, and former Cavaliers Ray Brown, Brad Collins, Larry Holmes, Yusef Jackson, Billy Keys and Lester Lyles.
PERSONAL: Donald Eugene Scott, Jr. ... born 1-31-76 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. ... son of Donald and Maxine Scott ... has a sister, Amy (26) ... father played football at Marshall ... is a low-handicap golfer and enjoys auto racing ... economics major.
Year Games No. Blk. Yds. LP FC TB I20 50+ Avg. Net 1998 11 58 0 2473 68 9 9 23 16 42.6 38.3
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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