Scott finished with six tackles and a sack in UNC's 39-17 victory. The Fredericksburg, Va. product played so well at free safety, in fact, that it appears as though he's not moving back.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder worked with the first string alongside strong safety Dominique Green, ram Malik Simmons and cornerbacks Desmond Lawrence and Walker during UNC's opening day of spring practice on Wednesday.
"He's got the most experience of anybody out there," UNC head coach Larry Fedora told reporters following practice. "We've got some young corners that played for us and got on the field, so we're going to try to get our best five out there."
Jabari Price and Boston served as vocal secondary leaders throughout their Tar Heel careers. With both players currently working to improve their stock for May's NFL Draft, Scott finds himself as the old man in a secondary that may start three underclassmen.
"When Tre and Jabari were here, yeah, they were the leaders," Scott said. "But I followed behind him. I still was talking; I still was doing my leadership-type thing. So when they left, I knew I had to continue what I was doing."
The coaching staff approached Scott about making a permanent switch to safety during bowl game prep. Since then, his focus has been two-fold – assimilating into a leadership role while also learning the intricacies of the technique involved at his new position.
"I'm getting it down better," Scott said. "Coming from corner to safety is a little bit easier than vice versa. I still have my footwork down, it's just a little slow-paced."
The leadership aspect also comes into play on the field as he will be responsible for communication on the back end.
"At corner, you're getting the calls from the safety," Scott said. "Now that I'm the safety, I have to give the call to the corner, the linebacker, the defensive line sometimes. Knowing that I'm a big vocal guy now instead of just listening is a real difference."
Scott's 33 career starts are the most on the roster. Junior wide receiver Quinshad Davis is second with 22.