Former Raider Javon Scruggs on the big stage at Liberty

Javon Scruggs is a name familiar to fans of the Appomattox Raiders football program. Scruggs was a vital member of three consecutive Class 2 state championship Appomattox County High School teams from 2015 to 2017, known for his big-pay ability as a quarterback and defensive back. 

Scruggs earned his way onto the radar of college football scouts and signed a letter-of-intent to play close to home for the Liberty Flames beginning in 2018. His freshman year at Liberty was the program’s first in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as an Independent after many years of playing in the Big South Conference at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. 

Now in his second season with the Flames, Scruggs is in the team’s starting defensive lineup as a free safety, a position he prefers over playing backup cornerback last year — a position he never played in high school. He was recruited as a cornerback under then-head coach Turner Gill’s staff, but was offered a move back to his high school position of free safety by new defensive-coordinator and safeties coach Scott Symons, a hire of new head coach Hugh Freeze. The move was one that Scruggs jumped at when given the chance. 

“I felt like I was back to high school, back in my element,” Scruggs said. “I knew how to react in certain ways and I could see things differently now and my keys are different — I can get different keys than what I can if I was just at corner.”

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