A running back knows better than anyone just how brief a football career can be.
All of the top running backs have to deal with injuries and even the brightest prospects heading into the season can quickly be derailed by broken bones.
Da'Rel Scott appeared to be on his way to backing up an impressive sophomore campaign where he ran for 1,133 yards and eight touchdowns.
Through the first three games, Scott had three touchdowns and 275 yards. However, injuries began to take their toll and before you knew it, five games passed without Scott playing a single down.
When he returned for the final two games of the season, the speedy running back slowly came back into form.
However, despite the junior letdown, Scott is prepared to make his senior season a memorable one.
He, like the Maryland Terrapins, have failed to live up to expectations as of late. However, opportunity appears to be knocking.
Considering that Terrapin quarterback Chris Turner is now graduated, Maryland will be turning into a run-first team. Turner's heir apparent, the mobile Jamarr Robinson, can distract defenses so much that Scott can take advantage.
Scott's biggest problem heading into 2010 is not his health but his competition. Davin Meggett, son of NFL running back Dave Meggett, is a good complementary back, running for 338 yards and 6 touchdowns as the back-up for Scott.
Both of them are talented backs and both should see action but the experience and the hunger of Scott will lead to good things for him next season.
Scott is a small guy but he can make a big impact with his speed and his elusiveness. If he can raise his game, Maryland may be able to return to a bowl game and turn down the heat on coach Ralph Friedgen's seat.