Hawkins sold on new RB Scott

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Having a game-breaking back like heralded incoming freshman Darrell Scott coming into his program already is exciting Colorado coach Dan Hawkins.

"You love to have those guys when you block it exactly right, they can take it to the house," Hawkins said. "But he's also the kind of guy when you don't exactly block it right, he can take it to the house."

Scott rushed for 2,433 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior at St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif. The Buffaloes won a tight recruiting battle with Texas for Scott, helped because his uncle Josh Smith is a wide receiver on Colorado's team.

Considering the Buffaloes lost leading rusher Hugh Charles from last season, some are projecting that Darrell Scott could contribute immediately. Big 12 media members named him the newcomer of the year in balloting released last week.

Despite those early honors, Hawkins said that Scott remains grounded with a good attitude.

"He knows that, too. He's done nothing yet [at college,]" Hawkins said. "He's a humble kid, and he did himself a lot of favors with his teammates when he signed. I know physically he'll be a good player. We just need to provide him with the right environment to succeed."