There was some thought that sitting out his senior season would stunt the growth of Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles. This didn’t happen and he never lost faith in the player he would become.
“I’m not really surprised that I’ve been able to play well,” Flannigan-Fowles said. “Even though I wasn’t able to play last season, I was mentally preparing and working off the field to make it happen.”
Flannigan Fowles thanks his would-be high school football coach for much of his preparation.
“Even though I wasn’t able to play for him, Coach Bam was the best," he said. "He knows a lot about what I would need to do and just had me ready. Even though I didn’t play, I was getting better.”
A player who just looks different than his classmates, Flannigan-Fowles possesses many ideal physical traits.
“I think being a big guy that can move around has surprised some people," he said. "When I go out on the field there aren’t many wide receivers that i have to look up to. The more I work out the more I’m getting comfortable at the safety position.
“I feel good about my ability to cover, but I need to keep building up my lower body strength so I can get into the pile and move some players around.”
There will be many close friends watching his improvement on a game by game basis.
“It means a lot to play in front of a lot of the people that I grew up with," Flannigan-Fowles said.
"A lot of the players out there are the kind of players and coaches who helped me get to the point I am and get to the point where I can go out and play Division I football. Playing football at Arizona is something that is ideal for me and I’m ready to play.”