Jeremy Abbott

Baltimore figure skater hoping to get noticed this weekend

Big brain. Small feet.

It's a combination that has propelled Scott Dyer, a student-athlete in the truest sense of the term, to the Dean's List in his first semester at the University of Southern California and to center ice Friday in his debut in the senior men's division of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

He will also skate on Sunday, the final day of the event, which is being held in Greensboro, N.C. this year.

Dyer is hoping for a top-10 finish in a field of 22 men that includes two-time defending U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, 2009 runner up Brandon Mroz and 2007 runner up Ryan Bradley.

Balancing the books and ice time is nothing for the 19-year-old...