GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Tuesday that seven-year NFL veteran and University of Florida graduate Ian Scott has joined Florida's staff as a defensive graduate assistant.
A Gainesville, Fla. native, Scott has deep roots here at the University of Florida.
After a standout career at Gainesville High School where Scott garnered First Team All-State (5A) and All-America honors following his junior (1998) and senior seasons (1999), he enrolled at the University of Florida to play for Gator Great, Steve Spurrier.
On the field at UF, Scott played in 32 games and recorded 23 starts during his three-year career (2000-02). Among those starts, Scott started the 2001 Sugar Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl. Statistically, he registered 120 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, 21 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and five pass deflections.
For his efforts on the field, Scott was a two-time Second Team All-SEC selection and a two-time member of the Verizon Academic All-District III team (2001-02).
Following his junior season in 2002, Scott decided to forgo his final season at Florida and enter the NFL Draft. His decision led to him being selected in the fourth round by the Chicago Bears with the 116th overall choice in 2003.After four seasons in Chicago (2003-06), Scott signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles but was placed on injured reserve before the start of the season and did not appear in a regular season game. He then spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons with the San Diego Chargers where he played in 16 games and recorded seven starts.Throughout his seven-year NFL career, Scott played in 65 games (47 starts) and totaled 112 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Following his playing days, Scott spent time as a Business Analyst for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and he worked as an Industrial Engineer for Michelin North America.
Prior to joining Florida's staff, his lone coaching experience came as a Defensive Assistant for Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina.
He finished his degree from UF in 2012 when earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.Scott and his wife, Crystal, have two daughters, Skylar and Savanna, and two sons, Josef and Sean.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Head Coach Jim McElwain:
"We are excited to have Ian back home in Gainesville. His understanding of what it means to be a Gator and the plan needed to be successful will be invaluable to our players.”
Graduate Assistant Ian Scott:
"I am extremely excited to be back in Gainesville and with the University of Florida family once again. The culture around this University and program is really special and I'm thrilled to work with Coach McElwain and his staff."