The wide receiver position is undoubtedly going to make a significant impact on the field in 2011. One of the biggest reasons for the optimism is senior wideout David Douglas. One of UA's leading receivers in 2010, Douglas looks to be a big part of the equation in the upcoming campaign.
It's not just the wide receivers that possess a significant amount of talent according to Douglas, as he sees potential across the field.
"We have a lot of talent all over the board," Douglas said. "It comes with experience. We have guys that have been here for a while. The receiving core, the defense, just everywhere really."
Arizona has what appears to be a very tough start to its schedule. Douglas isn't thrown off by that and enjoys the fact that the Wildcats will be challenged right out the gate.
"We know what it takes to go out there and play every game," Douglas said. "We're just looking forward to the challenge. We have a tough schedule, but that's what you want as a competitor. As a team, we're excited about this year."
Douglas joined Arizona in 2008 along with Juron Criner, who has developed into one of the best receivers in college football. Douglas is excited that Criner is back on the field to help the offense make plays that other wideouts simply can't.
"Juron is a great player" Douglas said. "He does things I have never seen anyone do."
It's not just Criner making noise in the receiving corps either. Douglas eyes talent up and down the depth chart and is excited with the strong camp the group has had.
"Really – top to bottom – we have receivers that can go out and make plays," Douglas said. "It just comes with the offseason we had and the summer we had. We really just grew together as a unit. This whole camp everyone has made plays. It's been a good camp for us."
What will really assist the receivers in 2011 is the fact that they have senior quarterback Nick Foles under center. Foles has made his voice heard throughout camp and Douglas has noticed Foles' leadership becoming more prevalent during fall camp.
"It just comes with experience," Douglas said. "It's his third year starting and with that experience comes leadership and he is doing a good job of being vocal. He's the captain of our team, our leader, a guy that everyone looks to make a play when it comes down to it. He's really doing a good job with that."
Douglas looking forward to challenge
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