Artavis Scott made Senior Bowl history this week, and that was before the game even began.
The Clemson wide receiver became the first player to secure an invitation to the Senior Bowl as a junior, after graduating in three years with a degree in communications. The 5-10, 193-pound All-ACC receiver said it wasn't easy. Hard work, many hours, and "a lot of stress" went into graduating early.
Now, instead of getting ready for the NFL Draft, Scott is spending the week in Mobile, Alabama to play one final game after winning the college football national championship earlier this month.
"I think it was another opportunity to just showcase my ability and what I can do as a player," Scott said in an interview with Texans TV. "I mean and it was just a great opportunity to come out here and meet new people, just have fun. Love playing the game, play in my uniform one more time with my Clemson helmet so that's good."
Scott, who hails from a talented group of Tiger wide receivers, set a Clemson record with 245 career receptions for 2,458 yards and 19 touchdowns. He had six 100-yard receiving games in his three years as a Tiger.
DeAndre Hopkins often tweeted about the talent level of the Clemson receivers, referring to his alma mater as the Wide Receiver University, or "WRU."
Scott hopes to uphold that tradition as he prepares to enter the NFL.
"You know, we just like to compete, have fun, and we're just held to a higher standard," Scott said. "Nuk (Hopkins), those guys that came before us, Sammy (Watkins), Jacoby (Ford), you know those people that came before us. You know, we want to keep that standard high and that's what we take a lot of pride in."
Kickoff for the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Several players on the current Texans roster played in the Senior Bowl in years past.