Howard wide receiver Greg Scott has caught five passes in four games this season, hardly an impressive statistic.
But with those five catches he has picked up 195 yards -- an average of 39 yards a catch -- including a 65-yarder for a touchdown last week against the top Division I-AA team in the nation, Florida A&M.
Clearly, the Bison (2-2) must do everything they can to get the ball into the swift senior's hands more often.
"I think I should be able to catch a few more passes beginning this week," Scott said yesterday. "I have my confidence going now. Making that long play against A&M was big for me because they are probably the best team we'll play all year.
"Right now, I feel like anytime I get the ball in my hands I can score with it."
Because he wants Scott to handle the ball frequently, Howard Coach Floyd Keith also has used him on kickoff and punt returns. Against Maryland-Eastern Shore, Scott returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown. He thinks he is ready to break another one Saturday when the Bison travel to Dover, Del., to play Delaware State.
"I've been returning kicks since high school," he said. "It's really important to me. I've always thought returning was really important because field position is so important in football. Good kick returning can eliminate all your field-position problems."
Scott insists he is not bothered by the dearth of passes aimed his way this season. But he admits that three years as a backup to Steve Wilson -- now with the Dallas Cowboys -- was frustrating at times.
"Steve is one hell of an athlete," he said. "And I learned a lot about reading secondaries and blocking from him. But it was frustrating to watch so much. I always thought I could catch the ball and run with it as well as anybody and I had to wait awhile to get my chance. Now I'm ready to do more."
Against Delaware State (1-2), Scott should get that chance. State has a young secondary and an inexperienced defense, in general. Scott feels he can get open for a few catches before the afternoon is over.
"They're very aggressive," he said. "But they're young, too. Our offense has been getting better each week and we should be able to do some things this week. We've got our confidence going now."
In spite of back-to-back losses to South Carolina State (55-17) and Florida A&M (21-13), Scott thinks his team is getting better weekly and that the Bison have played their two toughest opponents.
"I don't think we should lose another game," he said. "No way. If we can play the way we played against A&M the rest of the season, we'll do real well.
"Everyone's working real hard now. I'm a senior and this is my last chance. I want this season to be something special. I really think it can be if we keep working the way we have been. Right now, I think we're going into every game with the attitude that there's no doubt that we're going to win.
"We feel that way this week. We want to feel that way every week."
Both Howard and Delaware State are 0-1 in the MEAC, each with a loss to S.C. State. Their other common opponent was Maryland Eastern-Shore: both teams beat the Hawks.