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.