News for October 23, 2012
Last year, Scotty Walden was completing his collegiate eligibility as Sul Ross State University’s starting quarterback.This year, he is on the sidelines, orchestrating an attack that leads all NCAA Division III teams in total offense.At 22 years of age, Walden may be the youngest offensive coordinator in the collegiate football ranks, but youth can be deceiving, according to his head coach.“Scotty is mature well past his years of age,” said Wayne Schroeder. “He is very knowledgeable, has high energy and is intense. He is one of those guys who can push, push, push the players, but he knows when it’s time to praise and give credit.”
And credit is deserved for players and coaches alike. Through seven games, Sul Ross (3-4, 2-2 American Southwest Conference) averaged 544 yards (328 passing, 216 rushing) per game to lead all DIII teams. The Lobos scored 48.3 points per contest, third overall, reaching the 70-point plateau in back-to-back road wins at Mississippi College and Texas Lutheran University.
In roughly a year and a half, Walden made a transition from a backup quarterback at Hardin-Simmons University to designing an explosive offense at Sul Ross that averages nearly seven touchdowns per contest. In between, he won the starting quarterback job for the 2011 Lobos, passing for a respectable 1977 yards and 14 touchdowns during a 2-8 season. “Scotty has great leadership skills,” Schroeder said. “For someone who transferred in the summer before his senior year and was told the quarterback job is yours to lose, you’ ve got to establish yourself quickly.”