BSU Bids Farewell Bulldogs' Quarterback
Sports Stars Graduating with Memories
By Angel' Fossett
Jason "Jay" Scott has been the quarterback for the Bowie State Bulldogs football team since 2006. His major is business administration with a concentration in marketing. He gained his college preparation from the Dunbar Senior High School in Baltimore.
Scott has a lengthy career in football. He has played in high school honors and collegiate honors starting in five out of seven games. At Bowie, he has left impressive footprints, by leading the bulldogs to countless victories. The most memorable game was against Virginia State in 2007 Scott had 17 completed passes and 195 passing yards, he was the star of that game. He was later labeled as an all-purpose player.
Seeking education is challenging within itself, being an athlete as well makes it all the more difficult. It can increase the level of stress, if one is not at the game, one is practicing for it. Managing those task and studying, he said, leaves very little spare time. Scott stated that no matter what happened at practice or a game he always "strived toward a degree." By keeping in mind that he was still a student and graduation was not far away, helped him to continue fighting and study through exhausting times. His parents always told him that "God bless the child who can hold his own."
He stated that much of his success on and off the field came from the support of his mother Geraldnay Barnett and his father the late James Barnett. His parents helped to keep him focused and his daughter, Jaelyn, provided him with inspiration. Scott's motto is "keep pushing and do not be afraid to fail." All of the struggles, late nights of studying, stress and sacrifice is all well worth it in the end. He gives special acknowledgments to his close friends and fellow Dunbar poet alumni Dwayne Frost and Julius Atkins, for traveling the journey with him through ups and downs.
At commencement on May 16, Bowie State will say goodbye to one of its greatest quarterbacks. Scott ranked No. 1 one in offense two consecutive years in a row 2007 and 2008. With percentages of 119.5 and 116.9, he well exceeded average. He also ranked number one in passing in 2007 and 2008 with a minimum average of 104.6%. It is more to football than playing the sport one must excel and work toward being the best. Scott served Bowie well and has made lasting impressions and memories for years to come.