New defensive line coach has ties to Pry

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football coach James Franklin announced John Scott Jr. as the defensive line coach Saturday.

“We are thrilled to welcome John, Blakely, John III and Juliette to our Penn State family,” Franklin said. “We believe John will continue to build on the defensive line success we’ve fostered since our arrival at Penn State. He has an impressive coaching resume with experience in the NFL, Big 12 and SEC. John’s diverse accomplishments separated him from the rest of the candidates throughout the hiring process.

“In addition, his long-standing relationship with Brent Pry at Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette and Western Carolina ensures he’ll hit the ground running as we enter spring ball. His attention to techniques, fundamentals and the appropriate mentality needed to guarantee we continue to compete at the highest levels of college football. We’re also excited to welcome his wife, Blakely, back to Penn State where she served on the ICA Mental Task Force in 2012.”

Scott is taking over for Sean Spencer, who left for a job in the NFL with the New York Giants.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity Coach Franklin has given me,” Scott Jr. said. “Coach Franklin is a tremendous leader who has the program on the rise and I’m excited be a part of it. I can’t wait to work with Coach (Brent) Pry and the defensive staff. I have known Coach Pry for more than 20 years as a player, graduate assistant and position coach, and he has definitely had an impact on my career. I can’t wait to get rolling with the defensive line and continue to build on the tradition they have established.”

Scott Jr. joins the Nittany Lions after spending the 2019 season at South Carolina as the defensive line coach. Under Scott Jr.’s guidance, Javon Kinlaw was named first-team All-SEC by the coaches. Prior to joining the Gamecocks staff, Scott Jr. spent two seasons at Arkansas as the defensive tackles coach in 2018 and defensive line coach in 2017.

The native of Greer, South Carolina, worked with the NFL’s New York Jets in 2015 and 2016. The Jets led the NFL in rushing touchdowns allowed and red zone defense and were second in rushing defense and fourth in total defense in 2015. In 2016, the Jets finished fifth in the AFC in rushing defense and rushing touchdowns allowed. Defensive tackle Leonard Williams earned Pro Bowl recognition that season.

As the defensive line coach at Texas Tech (2013-14), Scott Jr. guided Kerry Hyder and Branden Jackson to the NFL Combine. Hyder earned All-Big 12 second-team accolades in 2013.


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