Coach Bluem on Scales: "Sam is a very valuable player to our team. He can play in so many different spots. He's a great flank midfield player; he can also play centrally midfield as well as in the back as a fullback if you need him to."
At a glance: Incredible technical player in terms of ball control, dribbling and beating players ... can play anywhere in the midfield ... distributes ball well ... has been a two-year starter after serving as a key bench player in Ohio State's run to the College Cup final in 2007.
As a junior (2009): Started in all 21 games and played the second-most minutes of any players (1,903) ... tied for most points on the team with 11 ... had team-leading seven assists on the season, a mark that stands seventh all-time in the OSU single-season record books ... scored the game-winning goal at Michigan State (Sept. 27) and added a second tally vs. Indiana (Nov. 13) in the Big Ten semifinal ... assisted on four game-winning goals on the season ... took 20 shots during the season.
As a sophomore (2008): Academic All-Big Ten Selection ... started all 20 games in which he played ... recorded four assists and a goal en route to accumulating six points on the season ... scored his first collegiate and game-tying goal vs. Central Florida Aug. 31.
As a freshman (2007): Key contributor to deep crop of Buckeye midfielders ... played in 15 games, launching five shots ... played in a career-high 64 minutes in a 1-0 win vs. Penn State Oct. 6 ... made his first collegiate start vs. Cal. St. Bakersfield Oct. 3 ... played 47 minutes and fired two shots on goal in an exhibition match at Creighton Aug. 18 ... logged 40 minutes in an exhibition match vs. No. 24 Rutgers Aug. 24. ODP/Javanon Club: Member of the Region II Olympic Development Program in 2006-07 ... served as team captain for the Kentucky Olympic Development Program in 2006, a team he was a member of from 2003-06.
Trinity H.S: Named to the first team All-Kentucky squad as a senior ... captained Trinity to the Final Four in the Kentucky High School Championships in 2006 ... received MVP awards in 2003, 2004 and 2006 from Trinity.
Personal: Son of Doug and Karen Scales ... has a younger sister, Kristina ... uncle Herb Scales played football at Georgia Tech from 1972-1976 and uncle Bruce Scales played football for Eastern Kentucky from 1976-80 ... enjoys reading, golfing and mountain biking ... wants to pursue a career in law or sports administration following college ... played ice hockey from 1994-2001 ... volunteered as a special Olympics coordinator from 2002-2006 ... served as the vice-president of the student body as a senior at Trinity High School.?
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