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Harry Douglas talks about honor, future

Louisville true freshman receiver Harry Douglas visited with Inside theVille and talked about the recent retiring of his high school jersey, as well as looking forward to 2004.<P> <B>EXTRA:</B> <a href=""><b>ITV Gallery: Cards v. Pirates</b></a>

Louisville freshman wide receiver Harry Douglas, who is redshirting the 2003 season, received a special honor from his high school, Jonesboro, on December 5th. Jonesboro High School honored Douglas by retiring his #15 basketball jersey. Yes, you read that right…a Cardinal football player had his high school basketball jersey retired.

Douglas became the first male basketball player to ever have his jersey retired at the school.

"It felt really good, especially since it was the first male to ever have his jersey retired in 103 years," Douglas told Inside theVille.

Douglas was a standout two-sport athlete at Jonesboro. Playing point guard he helped guide his school to two Georgia State Final Fours, as well as one championship contest. During his four years on the hardwood he totaled 1,398 points, 120 assists and 110 steals.

Douglas told ITV that he was able to return home for three days to attend the ceremony, as well as attend a Jonesboro basketball game, which features his younger brother Toney Douglas, who will play college basketball at Auburn.

During the ceremony, Harry called his younger brother to the stand and thanked him and said that he achieved the honor because of the many years that the two of them spent playing basketball together.

As a senior, he received numerous scholarship offers for his talents on both the hardwood and gridiron, before choosing to commit to Louisville over football offers from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Georgia.

So, does the 5'11, 180-pound freshman entertain any thoughts of one day walking on the Cardinal basketball program?

Douglas during fall camp (ITV)
"Right now, I think that I am doing so good in football that I don't want to mess it up," explained Douglas. "I'll just stay focused on football."

With his attention focused on his future as a Cardinal receiver, Douglas also explained that he is working towards possible contributions on special teams next season.

"I feel that I do real good there," Douglas said of his ability to return kicks. "If I just work hard during the off season and get bigger and stronger. I'm already fast, but I'll still try to get even faster."

However, spending his initial season at Louisville as a redshirt hasn't been easy.

"It was real hard for me because I never sat out for anything," continued Douglas. "Everyday in practice I would still go 110% though, so I could help make our team better."

With a future receiving unit that will include J.R. Russell, Broderick Clark, Joshua Tinch, Antoine Sharp, Montrell Jones and many others, Douglas had bold comments about the programs future squad.

"In my eyes, we'll have the best receiving corp in the nation. We have four or five scout team receivers that are better than first team receivers at a lot of colleges. We did really good this year, but we'll all take to it another level next year."

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