WR Douglas emering as potential offensive star

University of Louisville wide receiver Harry Douglas is quick and elusive on the field and could develop into the next great Cardinal pass catcher.

Red-shirt freshman Harry Douglas emerged during spring drills as a future star in coach Bobby Petrino's explosive offense. However, Douglas' impact on the field might be felt sooner rather than later.

A 5-foot-11 speedster from Jonesboro, Georgia, Douglas is quick and elusive on the field. He showed good hands during spring drills and he's been catching everything quarterbacks Stefan LeFors and Brian Brohm have thrown his way during the first week of fall camp. But what makes Douglas such a dangerous threat is his ability to turn a short pass into a long gain or streach the field with his blazing speed and make spectacular grabs down field.

In fact, Douglas has hauled in more than a few long bombs during the first three practices, including the one he grabbed over true freshman corner Rod Council on Wednesday. And though he made the catch over Council, Douglas scared onlookers when he was slow to get up after the play.

"When I caught the pass, it felt like somebody grabbed my leg," Douglas explained. "He [Rod Council] fell on my leg and my groin started hurting. But I'm fine and I'll be back at practice tomorrow."

Harry Douglas
Though Petrino has plenty of talented options at receiver this season, Douglas says his focus is simply to make the team better.

"Everything is going good so far," Douglas said. "Everything is falling into place and I'm working on the things that I need to work on to make the team better. I'm just going hard, practicing hard, doing everything right and eliminating the mistakes."

Because of his performance since the spring, veteran onlookers who have attended U of L practices for several years have been singing the praises of the young receiver. In fact, comparisons to former U of L great and current New England Patriots star Deion Branch have become quite frequent from fans on the sidelines.

"I'd say my speed and quickness and my ability to run after I catch the ball are my strengths," Douglas said.

U of L has been blessed in recent years with excellent wide receivers, including the aforementioned Branch, speedy Arnold Jackson and a host of others.

"They've been in the locker room after some of the games but I haven't really been able to talk to them," Douglas said of some of the former U of L star receivers. "But I watch them on film, especially Arnold Jackson. I learn about defenses mostly from watching those films but I think I have the same abilities that he [Jackson] had."

Douglas also has strong family support on the practice field this week. Both his mother and father are attending practice, as his younger brother, Tony.

"It really helps having them here," Douglas said. "And my brother whose going to Auburn to play basketball is also up here this week."

Humble and relatively soft spoken, Douglas' main objective this season is to simply help his team win games.

"My individual goal is to contribute to the team," Douglas said. "I just want to do whatever coach tells me to do."

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