"It's been a huge motivation through out offseason, in the weight room, out here on the track, running around, and making sure we're doing everything we can get Abilene High back where it's used to being," said Derek Scott.
Last season, as a junior, Scott got off to a relatively slow start in his first season under center as the start for Steve Warren. Then Scott kicked it into high gear.
Scott finished the season with 2,059 yards passing and 20 touchdown completions.
"I think we definitely grew. I grew as a quarterback, and I think our offense grew to where we knew that we could execute in any situation. Just being able to go out there and take care of business, whenever we need to go out there and score," said Scott.
Another aspect of Scott's game is his ability to run. The War Birds quarterback rushed for over 300 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He will need to build on those numbers in 2014.
"I just feel more poised. I feel like I know exactly what's going on. I feel like I know what's going to happen and I can read every thing a lot easier. It's slowed down a lot, and that's the main thing. Once it slows down, it's easier to execute and run the offense," said Scott.
The Eagles appear poised to make their return to the postseason in 2014, and they will need a big year from quarterback Derek Scott to do accomplish that goal. That makes him a Player to Watch in 2014.