Skyhawk Football | Tray Scott - Defensive Line
Tray Scott returns to the UT Martin coaching staff for his second season tutoring the Skyhawk defensive line in 2014.
Scott headed a ferocious Skyhawk defense who tallied 28 sacks and 36 quarterback hurries in 2013. He coached DJ Roberts, who earned All-OVC first team accolades after putting together his third straight season of at least 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2013. Roberts registered a career-best 53 tackles to go along with 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. Roberts' 12.5 career sacks rank ninth all-time in UT Martin history.
Before joining the Skyhawks, Scott spent one season as a defensive line graduate assistant at Ole Miss under head coach Hugh Freeze.
In 2012, the Rebels posted a 7-6 record with a win over Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. Scott helped guide a swarming defense that ranked fourth in the country in tackles for loss (103), 11th in the country in sacks (38) and a top-25 rushing defense (129.3 yards per game).
On Oct. 6, Ole Miss forced a season-high six turnovers (four fumbles, two interceptions) against a Texas A&M team that had only turned the ball over once in its first four games. The Rebels sacked future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel four times and tallied 13 tackles for loss against the Aggies.
Scott worked directly with Issac Gross at Ole Miss, who was a Freshman All-American and Freshman All-Southeastern Conference defensive tackle. Gross registered 40 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.
Before Ole Miss, Scott coached with Freeze at Arkansas State for two seasons. The Red Wolves finished the 2011 year with a 10-3 mark and a perfect 8-0 record in the Sun Belt Conference. Arkansas State rode a nine-game winning streak into the GoDaddy.com Bowl that season, capturing the conference championship in the process.
At Arkansas State, Scott coached Brandon Joiner, the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Joiner ranked fourth in nation with 13 sacks and is currently a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Scott also served as a defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, Arkansas Tech University, from the fall of 2008 through the spring of 2010. Coaching alongside Steve Mullins, he helped the Wonder Boys to a 9-3 overall record with a 6-2 Gulf South Conference mark in 2009.
As a player at Arkansas Tech, Scott was a four-year letterman from 2003-07. He helped Arkansas Tech to a 24-8 record from 2004-06, including a 10-2 overall mark and a national playoff appearance in 2004.
Scott prepped at Crossett High School in his hometown of Crossett, Ark.
Scott earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Arkansas Tech in 2008. He also received his Master's degree from Arkansas Tech in 2010 with a degree in college student personnel. He is married to the former Sarah Fancher.
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