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More than a decade after leaving the Florida Gators and beginning an NFL career that would span seven seasons, defensive tackle Ian Scott is returning to Gainesville, Florida, as a defensive graduate assistant with the team.
“We are excited to have Ian back home in Gainesville,” said head coach Jim McElwain in a school release. “His understanding of what it means to be a Gator and the plan needed to be successful will be invaluable to our players.”
Added Scott: “I am extremely excited to be back in Gainesville and with the University of Florida family once again. The culture around this University and program is really special and I’m thrilled to work with Coach McElwain and his staff.”
Though Scott was not born in Gainesville, he did attend Gainesville High School and played at Florida under then-head coaches Steve Spurrier and Ron Zook from 2000-02. A two-year starter, Scott earned All-SEC honors both seasons and departed for the NFL early after gathering 120 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss and 21 quarterback hurries in his career.
He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, where he spent four seasons (2003-06) before being released. Scott then spent a year on injured reserve before finishing his career with the San Diego Chargers (2008-09). He started 40 of the 65 NFL games in which he played, totaling 111 tackles and 3.0 sacks.
Scott recently returned to Florida to complete his degree in 2012 and has worked in a variety of “regular” jobs since ending his football career. The Greenville, South Carolina, native was recently a defensive assistant for Daniel High School in Central.