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Gari Scott
Gari Scott

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lake Park, Fla.

High School:
Suncoast

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 197

Position:
Wide Receiver

Birthdate:
06/02/1978

Experience:
3L


All-star candidate heads into his third season as Michigan State?s starting flanker . . . joins strong safety Aric Morris as co-captain for 1999 . . . rated among the nation?s top kick returners (No. 4) and wide receivers (No. 14) by Lindy?s College Football Annual . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Street & Smith?s . . . preseason second-team all-conference pick by Lindy?s . . . had four catches for 92 yards, including a 40-yarder from Ryan Van Dyke, in the ?99 Green-White spring game . . . has caught at least one pass in each of his last 24 starts . . . already ranks among MSU?s all-time leaders in receptions (11th at 104), receiving yards (10th at 1,612) and touchdown receptions (eighth at 12) . . .

AS A JUNIOR: Shared MSU?s Outstanding Underclass Back Award with wide out Plaxico Burress and tailback Sedrick Irvin . . . started all 12 games at flanker in 1998 and played 281.5 minutes . . . team?s second-leading receiver in ?98 with 58 catches for 843 yards (14.5 avg.) and four TDs . . . his 58 receptions ranked as the third-best single-season total in Spartan history . . . set career highs with nine catches for 157 yards vs. Penn State . . . caught six passes for 133 yards vs. Illinois, including a 37-yard TD strike from Bill Burke, to earn Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors . . . had six catches each vs. Purdue (66 yards), Ohio State (88), Northwestern (96) and Indiana (82) . . . his 12-yard TD grab with 5:28 left in the fourth quarter vs. Indiana pulled the Spartans to within two points at 22-24 . . . stood third in the Big Ten and No. 27 nationally in all-purpose yards at 136.4 per game . . . accounted for a career-high 237 all-purpose yards vs. Oregon . . . ranked third in the Big Ten and No. 9 nationally in punt returns with his 13.8-yard average ? the third-best single-season mark in Spartan history . . . returned four punts for 89 yards (22.3 avg.) vs. Northwestern . . . had five punt returns for 86 yards (17.2 avg.) vs. Central Michigan, including a career-long 39-yarder . . . averaged 19.7 yards on 18 kickoff returns . . . returned five kickoffs for 132 yards vs. Oregon, including a 31-yarder . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after producing 140 return yards vs. Colorado State (five punt returns for 83 yards and three kickoff returns for 57) . . . played a career-high 33 minutes vs. Penn State . . .

AS A SOPHOMORE: Presented MSU Tommy Love Award as the team?s most improved player . . . led the team in receptions with 41 for 680 yards . . . averaged a team-best 16.6 yards per catch . . . also led the Spartans with seven touchdown catches . . . started all 12 games at flanker in 1997 and caught at least one pass in each game . . . accounted for 207 all-purpose yards vs. Washington to earn MSU Aloha Bowl MVP honors . . . caught five passes for 114 yards (22.8 avg.) vs. Washington, including TD grabs on 12 and 28 yards from Todd Schultz . . had a season-high seven receptions for 78 yards vs. Purdue . . . only catch vs. Ohio State came on a 47-yard TD pass from Todd Schultz in the fourth quarter . . . caught five passes for a season-high 117 yards vs. Minnesota to earn Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors . . . had five receptions for 66 yards vs. Notre Dame, including a 24-yarder from Sedrick Irvin on the halfback pass . . . averaged 25.7 yards on 11 kickoff returns . . . had kickoff returns of 42 and 31 yards vs. Washington . . . returned three kickoffs of 86 yards vs. Northwestern, including a season-long 52 yards . . . also returned 15 punts for 160 yards (10.7 avg.) . . . selected Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Illinois after averaging 12.8 yards on five punt returns . . .

AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 10 games as a true freshman in 1996, including starts at flanker vs. Illinois and Minnesota with Nigea Carter sidelined with a rib injury . . . played a total of 101.5 minutes . . . had five catches for 89 yards (17.8 avg.) in ?96 . . . had a season-high three receptions for 33 yards in 27 minutes vs. Illinois . . . caught two passes for 56 yards in the season opener vs. Purdue, including a 54-yard TD strike from Gus Ornstein . . . also returned a kickoff 22 yards vs. Purdue . . .

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked as the nation?s No. 3 free safety and No. 62 player overall by the National Recruiting Advisor . . . selected to play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game . . . two-time first-team all-state, all-district and all-conference pick for Coach Al Sutton at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, Fla. . . . led the Gold Coast Conference in receptions as both a junior and senior . . . caught 52 passes for 1,200 yards (23.1 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 1995 . . . added three rushing touchdowns and returned two punts for scores as a senior . . . earned all-area honors in basketball as a senior . . . twice led the Gold Coast Conference in scoring, averaging 25 points in 1995-96 . . . outstanding track athlete finished second in the region at 200 meters . . . born June 2, 1978 . . . majoring in family community services.

Scott?s Career Statistics

Receiving

        G/GS    No.   Yds.   Avg.   TD   LG
1996    10/2    5     89     17.8   1    54
1997    12/12   41    680    16.6   7    53
1998    12/12   58    843    14.5   4    37
Career  34/26   104   1612   15.5   12   54

Kickoff Returns

        No.   Yds.   Avg.   TD   LG
1996    1     22     22.0   0    22
1997    11    283    25.7   0    52
1998    18    354    19.7   0    35
Career  30    659    21.9   0    52

Punt Returns

        No.   Yds.   Avg.   TD   LG
1997    15    160    10.7   0    20
1998    32    440    13.8   0    39
Career  47    600    12.8   0    39 

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