The second true freshman to win the award (D.T Shackelford being the other), you voted Rodney Scott as the Rebel of the week. It was a close, with Scott winning by ten votes over Jevan Snead (for whom I voted).
Scott is certainly a deserving candidate. He appears capable of adding another element to the running game. Scott averaged 6.3 yards per carry on nine carries and scored twice. More importantly for Scott, he didn't do anything to make the coaches lose faith. He never let go of the ball, and he wasn't tackled behind the line of scrimmage on a single play.
Our running game needed a boost, having been bottled up for the first half of the season. Scott may just be that. He looks to be a very complete back in that he is shifty, with good straight-line speed, but he is also quite powerful and able to shake tackles. We'll see how he does in an SEC game before asking the coaches for more snaps.
Beware: A short list of the freshmen and their contributions follows post-jump.
This is just another example of how good the 2009 recruiting class really was. A team that was already very talented is getting contributions from:
Tyler Campbell (45.2 yards per punt, 1 tackle)
Jesse Grandy (328 all-purpose yards)
Joel Kight (9 tackles)
Bobby Massie (significant PT at RG)
AJ Hawkins (significant PT at RG)
Pat Patterson (7 receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD)
Andrew Ritter (65.5 yards per kickoff)
Rodney Scott (69 rushing yards, 2 TDs, RotW)
D.T. Shackelford (13 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 FR, 1 INT, 1 TD, Former RotW)
You can't help but be pleased that these players were too good to be redshirted on a team with significant talent. Obviously, the season hasn't gone as well as many had hoped, but it's not the fault of any of these players (well... maybe Bobby Massie could have come in a little bit more ready to compete for the LT job...)