While at Southern Illinois, Scott played both linebacker and safety. During his junior year, Bart was suspended for 6 games for an altercation with the team’s defensive coordinator when they argued about him eating during a team meeting.
A new coaching staff was in place for Bart’s senior year, and they were impressed by Bart’s skills, and they were rewarded by his performance. He led the team with 127 tackles and 5.5 sacks, earning him first team All-Gateway conference honors.
Believe it or not, Bart Scott was not drafted, signing as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens.
After spending his first three years primarily on special teams, Bart cracked the starting lineup in 2005, and finished the year with 92 tackles and 4 sacks. He then had his best year in 2006, recording 103 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He had clearly become a standout linebacker under defensive coordinator Rex Ryan’s wing, saying he would follow Rex Ryan anywhere.