Each week, we interview a different Rams player to find out about their lives on the field as well as off of it. Team Reporter, Sarina Morales, asks the questions fans want to know, in a fun and conversational interview. This week, defensive back, Nick Scott spoke to Sarina about dunking, going from offense to defense and why he loves dad jokes.
1: Fun First Season
Sarina: Can you talk about your first season and was it all that it was cracked up to be?
Nick: I thought we were going to win the Super Bowl, but it was fun.
Sarina: I looked back at one of our interviews we did. Besides having a little more facial hair, is there anything that you're like, "Oh my gosh, this guy had no idea."
Nick: I guess I didn't know how fun it was. It was a lot of fun. You are trying to learn everything. You're trying to learn where your locker is. You're trying to learn where a meeting room is. You're trying to learn what to learn in the meeting room. You're trying to figure out what position you're going to play. Strong safety? Free safety? You try and figure out how do I get on special teams so I can go to camp. You're trying to figure out everything. What veterans can I talk to? Which ones should I just leave alone? You know what I'm saying? This is high stress.
2: Thank Q
Sarina: What veterans did you end up talking to the most that you were like, "Oh my gosh. Thank you."
Nick: I would say Q [Marqui Christian]. It's so weird calling him a veteran because we're both 24. But he's a guy that he was just Q. What you see is what you get.
3: London town
Sarina: What was the most fun that you had this past season?
Nick: I'd say London because that's probably when I kind of felt like I gelled, and I was part of the team. I was cool with guys, I could talk, joke and laugh [with guys]. Just that whole experience, being in a different country, was fun. Eating their food and hearing stories. By that time, [we had] a tight-knit group of guys who I could laugh and joke around with.
4: Nothing off about the offseason
Sarina: What are you doing this offseason?
Nick: I'm just working out, watching a lot of film. I would say for me, this year, I'm really trying to hone in or fine tune my craft as a DB. Just because it's really only my third year being a defensive back. I came in as a running back, so I got the athlete part covered. I can run, I can flip my head, but in terms of fine-tuning and being the best defensive back I can be in terms of technique… [I'm]trying to accelerate that process a little bit. And I've had a lot of help this year with [Aubrey Pleasant] and Coach [Evero].
5: Think like a defensive back
Sarina:Do you now think like a DB? Because thinking like a DB is its own little world versus a running back. Right?
Nick: I fully feel like a DB now. I felt like that probably once I started at Penn State at safety, then I was just a safety. That's how I think now.
6: Basketball Jones
Sarina: Is there another sport you really respect the athletes of?
Nick: I would say basketball. Basketball is a true sport. You get out of it what you put in. Basketball is one of those sports where high schoolers could have elite skills, pro level skills. Right? A pure testament to the work they've been putting in since they picked up a basketball. Because you don't just get that good. So that's hours in the gym, hours shooting, hours just doing basketball. And so you literally get out what you put in. So if you got a great basketball player, you're literally looking at all the hours that he's done from the time he picked up that basketball until now. And that's the reason why he's so skilled. When I shoot a basketball, I cannot tell you what the probability that thing is going to go in the hoop. I'm just throwing it up. When a basketball player takes a shot, he has a feeling [if it's going in].
7: Got Game?
Sarina: Can you dunk?
Nick: Can I dunk? (laughs) Can I dunk? Can I dunk? You ever hear that song by Kendrick Lamar? One of my favorite songs. It's called Black Boy Fly. Yes, I can dunk. The first time I dunked in a game...eighth grade. It was an 'And One'. It was our middle school league. We were playing Devotion High School at Lawrence, which was our court. I was running down. My man threw me the outlet pass. Boom. Took two dribbles. Seeing dude come, seeing the hoop, one foot. He kind of ran under me. First dunk. We didn't have stands in our gym, but we had windows. So people were watching. People were banging on the windows.
Sarina: Who is Addie that you pinned in a tweet back in April? Why was she crying in this video?
Nick: Addie is [one of] Coach Franklin's daughters, the Head Coach of Penn State Football. (Points to the video) That is my best friend in the whole world. She's about nine [years old now]. My first year at Penn State was Coach Franklin's first year at Penn State. [His daughters] were about five and four years old. So he introduced all the players to them. If we met them, he would say, "This is Uncle Nick." They started that kind of family aspect and you know, me being the inner child that I was, we just got real tight. We used to go to their school all the time. Coach Franklin [would say] if we had time off, "Hey the girls would love to see you guys." Sometimes we would just pop up and they'd be surprised. And sometimes we would just come read to their whole class or something. [She was crying because] she sat from the first pick [in the draft] to my pick watching. And there were only 11 picks left and she was nervous I wasn't going to get picked. And then she saw my name came up. And this is her reaction. She said, "I'd been waiting." She said, "I was worried nobody was going to draft him."
9: Night owl
Sarina: Are you a night or a daytime guy? Like are you a night owl or do you wake up without an alarm clock?
Nick: I'm a night owl. I mean, during the season I try to get to bed by 10 o'clock, but right now I'm actually trying to get better. I feel like an adult, I'll be in the house by myself, looking like, "It's 11:30? Okay. I should probably get to bed in like 30 minutes." But I'm a night owl. I can stay up and do whatever.
10: Dad Jokes
Sarina: Because you're always smiling, who's your favorite comedian?
Nick: My father. My dad is hilarious. My dad is absolutely hilarious. Like the running joke in my family is that I'm turning into my father and I'm like the only one that understands his humor. There are times when my dad will say something and it's witty/goofy and my brothers would roll their eyes. And then if you were to just take a camera, and pan to me, I'd be on the ground bawling on the floor.