Scott & Fumbles: A history of peaks and valleys

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It’s mildly amusing that Maryland tailback Da’Rel Scott’s fumbling issues have created as much attention deep into the week as they have.

After all, it’s not like it was the first time Scott lost a couple fumbles in a games.

And it’s not like it was a chronic issue after those games.

Scott has seven lost fumbles in his career. He has three multi-fumble games.

Which means when things go bad, they go really bad.

But they don’t go bad all that often.

He didn’t lose a fumble as a redshirt freshman.

He went 71 career touches before he lost a fumble against California in 2008.

Then he went 44 touches (plus a pass) before losing two fumbles against Wake Forest.

Then he went 88 touches before losing a couple fumbles against Florida State.

Then he went 69 touches before Saturday’s miscues.

Or put another way, he had two lost fumbles on 157 touches before his troubles on Saturday. Which is pretty good.

So the guess here is Scott holds onto the ball this week. And next week. And the week after that. His history suggests there will be an occasional hiccup, followed by a decent stretch of ball security.

Patrick Stevens

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