With all of the hype surrounding Juron Criner and Dan Buckner heading into the 2011 season, David Douglas is likely to fly under the radar as a senior. After posting personal bests with 52 receptions for 515 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, Douglas worked hard all offseason on his game in order to make him a bigger threat in the UA offense.
"Spring went really well for me," Douglas said. "The thing I made an effort on was to be a different type of playmaker. I worked hard with Coach (Corey) Edmond in the weight room on getting faster and stronger and I feel like I was able to come out this spring and make more plays on my feet after I make the catch."
It appears all of that hard work paid off for Douglas, as wide receivers coach David Nichol said it was the 6-foot-1, 198 pound senior-to-be who had the best spring out of any of the receivers on the roster.
However, Douglas was too modest to accept the praise and instead expressed his satisfaction with how the group performed as a whole.
"It means a lot when your coach says that about you," Douglas said. "We had a lot of receivers who had good springs. We all build off each other, and I think that helps us a lot.
"I think a lot of us had good springs. A lot of us got better. We have a lot of people that have played, and the younger guys followed in behind us. When you have people out there competing every day, it makes it easy to come out and work and have fun, and we all had good springs as a result."
Despite the fact that Douglas isn't receiving the acclaim that Criner and Buckner are receiving heading into the 2011 season, he insists he isn't bothered by the lack of attention he's receiving publically.
"I don't really pay attention to all of that stuff," Douglas said. "They're both good receivers, and we're going to be able to do a lot of things with the addition of Dan this year. I love those guys and we're all like a bunch of brothers as receivers, and we came together and had a good spring."
With the addition of Buckner, Douglas is likely to see a position switch in the fall and will likely be asked to play every receiver spot, something he is comfortable with.
"I played slot my first two years here," Douglas said. "I'm kind of used to every position and I've played every position now. That will help me as far as I can be thrown in there anywhere. I like the slot, I like the outside, any place where I can help the team."
As long as Nick Foles is the quarterback for UA, Douglas figures to get his fair share of looks this season. After all, the two have formed a great connection both on and off the field, and is working with the rest of the receivers to form the same chemistry he shares with his quarterback.
"Nick's my roommate and my best friend, he's like a brother to me and we always have that connection," Douglas said. "It goes further than that as far as going out and working and running routes and getting all of the guys together for 7-on-7s and 1-on-1s and individual routes with the quarterbacks.
"That goes along with building chemistry with your quarterback, and I feel like as a receiving core we all have good chemistry with Nick."
With Foles at the helm and a bevy of options at his disposal, the McKinney (Tex.) North High School product sees big things in store for he and his fellow receivers this year.
"We have some guys that have already been here and played and we're adding Dan to the group," Douglas said. "I think a big thing is we have to understand that we're getting better by coming out and competing every day with one another.
"With all of us, if we take care of business and work hard over the summer and come out and have a really good fall camp, we'll have a great year and we're really excited about it."
Now that he has completed his final spring practices as an Arizona Wildcat, Douglas has his sights on working hard over the offseason to make a mark on the team in his last season at UA.
"Coach Ed is a great weight coach, he's awesome," Douglas said. "I owe everything I've accomplished to him. I'll just keep working on getting faster, stronger, and building chemistry with the quarterbacks during 7-on-7s. I'll be here all summer, and it's a time to get better."
Douglas happy with Spring
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