The scrimmage marked the receiver’s first time playing in Sanford Stadium in front of fans after redshirting as a freshman last season.
And one of those fans in attendance meant more to the Camilla, Ga., native than anybody could have imagined.
Recently released from prison, Johnny Wesley was able to watch his son play football for first time since Scott-Wesley was a senior in high school in 2010.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Scott-Wesley said.
Scott-Wesley declined to get into the specifics of why his father was incarcerated, but the two have remained close. Scott-Wesley visited the Mitchell County prison as often as he could, last seeing his father during Christmas break.
“It was pretty good just having him come watch me play,” he said. “He’s a big Georgia fan.”
Playing in front of a special audience, Scott-Wesley didn’t disappoint. He led the Red Team, which won 32-31, in receiving with three catches for 46 yards.
“I just wanted to come out and play a great game and stay within myself and show the coaches that I’m a guy they can depend on to make catches,” he said.
The performance was the culmination of an encouraging spring for Scott-Wesley. Teammates and coaches often discussed about his improvement and work ethic. Already known as one of the fastest players on the team, Scott-Wesley lost 20 pounds while running track in the offseason to improve his quickness and stamina.
“I feel like he gets better every practice,” said senior wideout Tavarres King. “I feel like he’s coming along very well.”
A raw prospect coming out of high school, some wondered if safety or running back might be a position better suited for Scott-Wesley. Through subtle improvements, says quarterback Aaron Murray, Scott-Wesley has proven receiver to be his home.
“He’s a lot more fluid in his routes and just has more confidence,” Murray said. “He’s going up and catching the ball with his hands, not catching it with his body.”
Scott-Wesley plans to re-join the track team next week. He hopes to improve from his performance in the 60-meters, an event he finished third in during an in-door meet in the winter.
After that, he’ll report back to the football side of his athletic duties. And he’ll do so with some momentum created through his efforts this spring.
“I feel like I know what I have to work on,” he said. “I know what I have to do to get better. I’m just going to go into summer with this momentum, just working off the things I’ve been doing well in the spring and trying to correct the things that I didn’t do well.”