July 03, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition - When Opportunity Calls

Cards left to right, top to bottom:  1999 Press Pass #37, 1999 Fleer Tradition #264 (RC), 1999 Press Pass X's and O's #XO26

Scott Covington spent the majority of his college football career watching the games from the sideline.  Relegated to a back-up role his first 3 years as a Hurricane, Covington finally got his chance to be a starting quarterback during his senior season in 1998.

Despite losses to Florida State, Virginia Tech, and a blowout loss to the Donovan McNabb led Syracuse Orangemen, Covington performed admirably in his only season as a starter.  He passed for 2,301 yards with 19 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.  Covington is best remembered for his last regular season game in which the unranked Hurricanes faced the #3 team in the country, the UCLA Bruins.  UCLA was 10-0 heading into that game and they were in the hunt for a berth to the BCS National Championship Game.  UCLA's Cade McNown threw for 513 yards and 5 touchdowns against Miami but it wasn't enough to overcome the 318 yard/3 touchdown performance by Covington and the 299 yard/3 touchdown performance from Edgerrin James which led Miami to a 49-45 upset.

Covington's performance in his lone season as a starter was enough for the Cincinnati Bengals to draft him in the 7th round of the 1999 NFL Draft.  Covington only started 1 game during his professional career but his NFL career may have never existed if not for his accomplishments when finally given the opportunity.

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