OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Former ACU running back Bernard Scott was signed Monday by the Baltimore Ravens, a little more than one month after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Scott joins the defending world champion Ravens in time for this week's game at Cleveland. Scott will be coached by Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery meaning the top two rushers in ACU history are now joined on the same team.
"He's a speed guy on the perimeter, pass-catcher out of the backfield,” Baltimore head coach Jim Harbaugh told baltimoreravens.com on Monday. "He's a threat, he’s a dangerous guy. He's a guy that can take it the distance at any time. We saw him practice today (Monday), he looked good, had a good start. We'll see where it goes."
From 2007-2008, Scott was one of the most dangerous running backs in all of college football as he ran for 4,321 yards and scored 73 touchdowns for the Wildcats while leading them to a 21-4 record, two NCAA Division II playoff berths and the 2008 Lone Star Conference championship. Along the way he won the 2008 Harlon Hill Award as the top player in NCAA Division II football.
Scott was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and in his four seasons there he rushed for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns and also had 29 catches for 165 yards. Perhaps the most memorable moment of his carer came on Nov. 15, 2009, when he returned a kickoff 96 yards in the first quarter of a game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to lift the Bengals to an 18-12 win over the defending world champion Steelers. He also filled in for an injured Cedric Benson in the second half, rushing for 33 yards on 13 carries and catching one pass for 21 yards.
His best season came in 2011 when he ran 112 times for 380 yards. He has averaged 4.1 yards per carry during his career and totaled 1,035 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Injuries have hampered him the last two seasons after he tore his ACL early last season and spent the year on the injured reserve list. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list this summer and was then released by the Bengals on Sept. 17.
Scott will be the backup to Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, both of whom have struggled with injuries this season. Baltimore traded offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie to Miami to open up a roster spot that Scott filled.
Scott is ACU’s No. 1 career rusher (4,321 yards) and ranks No. 2 in touchdowns scored (73). Montgomery is No. 2 in rushing (3,047 yards) but No. 1 in TDs (76). Montgomery is in his sixth year as running backs coach for Baltimore, and 27th season as either an NFL player or coach. He has won two Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach, the first in February 2000 with the St. Louis Rams and the second earlier this year with the Ravens.