|No. 28 Cincinnati Bengals|
|Date of birth:February 10, 1984|
|Place of birth: Vernon, Texas|
|High School: Wichita Falls (TX)|
|Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)||Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)|
|College: Abilene Christian|
|NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 209|
|Debuted in 2009 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
A native of Vernon, Texas, Scott had a troubled past. A Class 3A first-team all-state selection as a high school junior in 2001, Scott was kicked off his high school team at Vernon High School because of an off-campus fight after the season. He was not eligible for his senior year, and finally graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 2003.
He went on to attend Central Arkansas University, where he earned Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2004, but was eventually dismissed from the football team for hitting a coach, along with a few other issues. Scott transferred to Blinn College, where he was a first team NJCAA All-America after leading the Buccaneers to a 12-0 season and the NJCAA national championship. Scott averaged 154.4 rushing yards per game, and he finished his only junior college season with a junior college-best 1,892 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was also first team all Southwestern Junior College Football Conference.
Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scott drew some interest by Arkansas and Fresno State, but eventually enrolled at Abilene Christian University in 2007. He had finished runner-up in the voting for the 2007 Harlon Hill Trophy to Danny Woodhead. In that year, Scott broke the league's single-season rushing record with 2,165 yards and set a pair of NCAA Division II single-season records with 39 total touchdowns and 234 points scored. In 2008, Scott won the Harlon Hill Trophy in a landslide, getting the third-highest vote total in the 23-year history of the trophy.
2009 NFL Draft
Scott's NFL prospects were tarnished by his off-the-field issues. Besides his aforementioned trouble in high school and junior college, he has also been arrested for some traffic-related misdemeanors, and was put on an 18-month probation for failing to identify himself during a traffic stop in Abilene in the spring of 2007. However, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2009 NFL Draft.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|5 ft 10¼ in||200 lb||4.44 s||1.50 s||2.52 s||4.08 s||6.82 s||36 in||10 ft 5 in||21 rep||11|
Following training camp, Scott made the active roster as a kick returner and as a backup to running back Cedric Benson. On November 15, 2009, Scott returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
In his first career start, in week 11 against the Oakland Raiders, Scott rushed for 119 yards, including a 61-yard run that was the longest by a Bengal since Corey Dillon's 67-yard rush at Cleveland on September 15, 2002. He also became the first Bengals rookie to rush for 100 yards in a game since Dillon in 1997.
- "Bengals take a chance on troubled RB Scott". Wilmington News Journal. April 27, 2009. http://www.wnewsj.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=176222&TM=55194.8.
- "Bernard Scott Recruiting Profile", Rivals.com, http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Bernard-Scott-56863
- Richards, Joey (2008-12-19). "ACU coach staying; star back signs with agent". Abilene Reporter-News. http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/dec/19/acu-coach-staying-star-back-signs-with-agent/.
- Reedy, Joe; Erardi, John (November 18, 2009), "Rookie Bernard Scott honored by AFC", Cincinnati Enquirer, http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20091118/SPT02/311180086
- Hobson, Geoff (November 23, 2009), "Bengals Raided in clutch", Bengals.com, http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Bengals-Raided-in-clutch/ef2a5008-5ff2-470e-9d92-20821c480f85