Doss: "Focused on Tulane"

After an inauspicious start to the '11 season, the (New Orleans) St. Augustine Purple Knights are motoring along. Saturday night, St. Aug and WR/DB Lorenzo Doss (Tulane commit) knocked off Archbishop Shaw with Doss snagging a crucial interception. Read further to get an update on Doss and find out how solid he is to Tulane.

St. Augustine entered the '11 season with lofty expectations. The Purple Knights reached the Class 5A quarterfinals last year and welcomed back several returning starters, including WR/DB Lorenzo Doss, receiver Sydie London, defensive back Dominick Jones, and running back Leonard Fournette.

Things didn't exactly go as planned, however, as St. Aug lost its first three games. The Purple Knights were ravaged by injuries in the early going with both Fournette and Marcel Andry (three-star defensive tackle) missing time due to various ailments.

Over the past two weeks, St. Aug has bounced back to win road contests at both Hahnville and Archbishop Shaw and Doss - a Tulane commit - came up big last night on defense. The Purple Knights forced five turnovers and cooled off Shaw sophomore QB Quentin Gibson, who had been red-hot since the preseason.

"We were playing cover three and there were two receivers on my side," said Doss. "The outside receiver ran a post and the inside receiver ran a rail route. They tried to go long and I read it all the way. (Four plays later), we scored on a catch by Sydie.

"As a team, we're starting to get used to the flow of things. Our quarterback (first-year starter Toi Jenkins) is getting used to the offense, and he's been getting things going lately. He's spreading the ball out to all the receivers. It (getting touches) doesn't matter to me as long as we get the win."

Doss, who hauled in a two-point conversion from Jenkins in last night's 28-6 victory, is happy to have Fournette and Andry back at full strength.

"Leonard had over 100 yards last night and over 200 the week before that," said Doss. "He can make a play when it appears that nothing is there. Marcel (senior transfer from John Curtis) has been a big help. I haven't seen anyone who can block him yet."

Doss committed to Tulane in late June, and he's solid to the Green Wave.

"I'm really focused on Tulane," said Doss. "I'm looking forward to going there next year, getting possible early playing time, and helping change the outcome. I know they've been struggling some this year, but I plan on helping change that in the future."

The Green Wave signed three of Doss' former teammates in February: Marc Edwards, Renaldo Thomas and Lawrence Burl.


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