Ex-Lobo Scobee has sights set on future with Jags
July 13, 2013 at 10 p.m.
Entering his 10th season in the professional ranks, Josh Scobee has established himself on the field as the kicker for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With his storied and record-breaking experience, the Longview native is now also looking to the future both on the field and off it.
"Every year I just try to get better at everything. Every year you learn things about yourself, learn things about the league, and just try to get better and not make dumb mistakes," Scobee, a Longview High School product, said during a visit to his hometown last week. "Build a legacy that people behind you would want to follow and not be a reason or an excuse for something bad happening.
"That's what I try to do, play good football and try to be a leader off the field."
The former Lobo followed up a blistering 2011 season with another solid year on his resume in 2012, finishing with an 89.3 field goal percentage and nailing 18 of 19 extra-point attempts. He finished with a 92 percentage and 24-for-24 on extra points in 2011, combining for the best back-to-back seasons of his career.
Someone in Jacksonville noticed as well, as Scobee and the Jaguars have inked a four-year, $13.8 million deal.
While his numbers on the field continue to remain steady, his off-the-field contributions are garnering recognition as well. The 31-year-old was named a finalist for the 2012 Bart Starr Award, an honor given to an NFL player for outstanding leadership and character in the home, on the field and in the community, for his work with children and families affected by cancer. Scobee hosts three or four charity golf tournaments a year.
"It was an honor," he said. "That's something that my wife and I take a lot of pride in," Scobee said. "We've been blessed with the opportunities and the things that we've been given, so we like to turn that around and help out as many people as we can.
"You don't do things like that to get recognition for them, and that's where our heart is, but when you do get recognition it's nice because it brings awareness and makes other people want to get involved, and that's the fun part about it."
But just because he is about to wrap up his first decade as a professional kicker, Scobee doesn't take the offseason lightly.
"It is routine sometimes, but there's always something, always one area of your game that's not up to your standards and that's where the focus goes," Scobee said. "I had a great season this past year, so this offseason I've just tried to refine everything, get better at the little things, get in shape and be ready for a season where I can help the team."
While Jacksonville is coming off its worst season since Scobee joined the team in 2004, he said optimism is running high in the Jaguars' camp with a new owner, new general manager, new coach and new players.
"There's a lot of new changes, a lot of new faces in the building," he said. "It's tough to say what's going to happen, but there's a lot of optimism right now.
"There's a lot of positive energy running around right now, and hopefully that can translate into some wins."
While Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Michigan's Denard Robinson highlight the Jaguars' 2013 draft class, Scobee said there's a few more draftees who could be in the spotlight soon enough.
"It's not just those two. We have some other guys that we drafted that are expected to be starters and contributors early on," Scobee said. "They bring optimism as well."
As for the remaining offseason, Scobee said he will continue to work out and enjoy some time on the golf course.
"We don't have any football obligations for the next couple of weeks, so I've been playing quite a bit."
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