Former Wildcat Greats Glad to be Back

Wildcat greats, fullback Larry Brown (1967-68) and defensive back Clarence Scott (1968-70), were this year's Spring Game honorary captains, and they showed up early to the game. It had been a while since the two last saw each other, so they wanted to cherish every moment.
For Scott, it had been 12 years since he was last in Kansas. He visited in 2003 when he was inducted in to the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame. However for Brown, it'd had been a bit longer. 
"Let me tell you, I'm ecstatic, I'm so glad to be here," said Brown with a smile at yesterday's game. "I haven't been out here since 1969, and the enormous changes that have taken place here are for the good. I'm enjoying it."
Before the game, applause from the sold-out crowd of 17,080 filled the stadium as Scott and Brown were introduced to the floods of purple clad fans, and as honorary captains, the duo had the opportunity to meet the Wildcats' 2015 captains - Dante Barnett, Cody Whitehair, Morgan Burns, Travis Britz and Stanton Weber - for the coin toss. 
"It was tremendous, a wonderful feeling," said Scott about his emotions when announced before the game. "It's an honor to be recognized with these good people. You can't beat the feeling of appreciation that I have for being recognized out there."
Scott came to K-State in 1967 from Decatur, Georgia, and worked his way to becoming a key contender on the Wildcats' defense. A dynamic defensive back, by his senior season (1970) he was named one of the Wildcats' four team captains and became K-State's first All-American in 17 years as well as being a First Team All-Big Eight honoree. 
Following his Wildcat career, Scott was drafted 14th overall in the 1971 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns - his favorite team growing up - and played 13 seasons in the NFL helping the Browns to four playoff appearances. 
"I have great memories from Kansas State," said Scott. "It was part of my development, part of the process that took me on to the NFL. K-State was part of my story... So, it's great to come back and great to come back with Larry. He and I played together for two years so we know each other well. To come back with him - he went on to be an NFL MVP, he's a very worthy guy - it's been special."
Brown, a fullback for the Wildcats from 1967-68, came to K-State after spending two seasons at Dodge City Community College. A native of Clairton, Pennsylvania, Brown served mainly as a blocking back in his first season before gaining more carries as a senior. Following his Wildcat career Brown went on to play eight seasons for the Washington Redskins where, as a running back, led the NFL in rushing yards in 1970 and was named the NFL's MVP in 1972.
"Well, it's kind of bittersweet," said Brown with a laugh about his journey to K-State. "I ended up at K-State by accident when I finished my two years at Dodge City Community College. In the end, it was a good decision."
Brown traveled to the Spring Game from his home in Washington, D.C., while Scott flew in from Atlanta, Georgia, and though yesterday's game took place in Kansas City where the Purple team beat the White team, 66-13, both Brown and Scott said they planned on making the visit to their Alma Mater during their trip to the Midwest, and hopefully making it out again for a football game this fall. 
 "Coming back to Manhattan, my wife being with me here to enjoy it and just being able to tell these people I still treasure and love them, it was great. I still love this place and I'm still a Wildcat fan, that's been the best part," said Scott. "I'm just thankful that I came out this way."
The annual Purple/White Spring Game saw Purple pour on 66 points, including 49 unanswered, en route to a 66-13 victory over White at Sporting Park in Kansas City on Saturday. Squaring off in front of 17,080 faithful at the home of MLS' Sporting KC, the Purple and White squads combined for four defensive/special teams scores, including an electrifying 75-yard punt return by freshman wideout Dominique Heath in the fourth quarter. 
Heath starred for Purple in the return game, totaling 181 yards on seven returns (6 punts/1 kickoff), while the Purple rushing attack controlled the pace of play with 207 yards on 37 attempts -- good for 5.6 yards-per-carry. Halfbacks Charles Jones and Winston Dimel both notched two scores on the day and Justin Silmon led all rushers with 65 yards on nine carries. 
Despite the lopsided score, the contest between the two squads remained close at 17-13 with only six minutes remaining in the first half. White could not handle the scoring onslaught by Purple though, ceding 49 unanswered points from that point on, including four-straight touchdown drives to end the game. 
To continue reading about yesterday's spring game, please click here
Earlier this spring K-State Sports Extra featured Clarence Scott in a two-part series. To read Part I: Scott Finds Home at K-State, please click here. For Part II: Scott's Wildcat Career Paves Way for Future, please click here

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