Utah Utes Football: #2’s #1Fan

As a parent, I think the one thing we all hope for is that our children grow up to be good human beings.

We do our best to help lead them and guide them onto paths that will enable them to grow and find success.

We all want what is best for our children and we all want to see them grow up and realize their goals and dreams on this path that we call life.

As parents we do our best to provide our children with opportunities and sometimes in order to provide those opportunities we have to be selfless and sacrifice some things ourselves BUT we do it because we LOVE our children.

There is no greater love than the love that a mother has for her children.

One of the best stories I have followed throughout Kenneth Scott’s career is the story of his mother Latricia Banks. Her strength, her courage, her fight are just a few of the things she instilled in her son to make him the man he is today.

A mother-son bond that throughout many of life’s challenges has proven to be unbreakable.

I recently caught up with Trish to ask her a few questions about her relationship with her son Kenneth Scott, family and football among other things.

Before I start, I just want to Thank Trish for taking the time to answer these questions, I really appreciate her honesty and sharing the information with me.


 It’s obvious that you and your son share a special connection. How nice does it feel seeing him succeed not only in football but life in general?

“It feels really good to see Scottie’s success because he is doing what God has Blessed him to do he is very humble always has been, good with people loves the kids ☺”

 Growing up, did Kenneth always want to play football? If not, what were some of his other dreams/aspirations?

“I always had Scottie in a sport since age 5 years old he played T-ball but didn’t like it lol after that he played flag football, & Jr all American football, He also played travel basketball until the 9th grade once in the 9th he didn’t want to play football then of course his step-father basically told him he would have a better chance at football.”

 Where did the Batman nickname come from? Did Kenneth have any other nicknames growing up? If so, what were they?

“On Scottie’s 4th birthday he was given a batman doll I believe my mom had bought it for him he had that doll for years until he had given it to my nephew. The nickname came from him being injured and how he has come back from injuries while being at Utah #DARKKNIGHT #BATMAN When Scottie was born my sister Donita had given him the name “Scottie Wottie”, his aunt Jackie in Texas gave him the name ” Goobie, Goober ” “

 When you first heard your son was going to play football at the University of Utah, what were your first initial thoughts/impressions?

“Scottie verbally committed to Utah on his own then came back and said “I committed to Utah” after he got off the phone with A-Rod of course I didn’t know much about colleges, committing, I had to call A-Rod back and talk to him but all in all I am glad that he chose Utah I didn’t like that he was so far from me but I never got use to it I have my moments because I don’t see him often he left for Utah June 9, 2010 graduated still needing my help as a young man now he is all grown up but will always be my little boy.”

 Tell fans about the role Kenneth plays in the family?

“All of Scottie’s cousin’s love him, look up to him, Scottie is the second oldest cousin, grandchild in our family his cousin Kasey is in the air force so they both are role models for our family setting the standard high for the rest.”

 Being named a Team Captain is quite a big accomplishment. What qualities does Kenneth possess that you think attributed to him being named a Team Captain?

“Team Captain I was so excited for him he has the qualities for leadership, humble, trustworthy he is loved and liked by all who come in contact with him”

 Obviously last season was frustrating offensively and receiving wise for the Utes. How great is it seeing Kenneth being utilized more this season and playing a bigger part in the offensive success?

“I love watching my son play especially seeing that smile on his face making a TD, and catching the ball how his emotions come out just love it!”

 When Kenneth makes it to the NFL, what team are you hoping drafts him?

“When God Blesses Scottie to the next level it doesn’t matter what team he plays for I just want him to be signed to a team and actually get playing time. Staying healthy, staying positive, staying humble but most of all get that degree is most important to me.”

“I also forgot to add that Scottie is the 1st grandchild in our family to graduate from College and when I say family I am talking about on my side my mom has 4 kids and 10 grandkids.”

Can you describe your relationship with Kenneth and the bond you both share?

“Scottie and I have a very close relationship we have been through some tough times me being sick, having Sle Lupus from his birth, him watching me go through dialysis for 17 years but I still remained active in anything that he did at every high school game….then once in college I received a kidney transplant and I may not make all the football games but he knows that I am there in spirit and cheering from home. I couldn’t have asked for a better son to have in my life to stand by me and appreciate the things that I have done throughout his life when I’m down about something he gives me words of encouragement to push me through…this is why I don’t give up I have so much to live for and an awesome son to share my life with.”


For those that have ever encountered Kenneth Scott, know that he is a genuine, good person, a fan favorite to say the least. Approachable, charismatic, humble, hard-working, Kenneth spends a lot of time not only on the football field or in the classroom but giving back in the community through service and sharing his story. Scott’s qualities, traits and work ethic were instilled in him from a young age by watching how courageous his mother is and was as she fought through life’s battles yet also continued to push forward each and every day.

That’s the type of leader you want on your team. That’s the type of leader Kenneth Scott is. A leader that’s been through some battles yet never complains, they just continue to work and be an example to others.

There’s a reason why Kenneth Scott was voted team captain by his peers and I believe his mom Trish summed it up nicely in one of her answers above.

“leadership, humble, trustworthy, he is loved and liked by all who come in contact with him.”

These are all qualities that parents strive to instill in their children with the hope that their children will grow up to be good human beings.


So to that I say,

Great Job Mom!





About the author

Patrick Thomsen

Co-Host for the Ute Talk Podcast. Husband, Father and Life-Long Utah Fan!!! #GoUtes
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