For the 5'11 speedster from Atlanta, Georgia, Douglas' time has now arrived.
"I never got impatient," said Douglas. "Everyone has to know their role and I knew my role coming in. I just stayed humble and waited my turn. Now I've got to take advantage of it."
Douglas came out of the gates quickly against Kentucky, hauling in a team-high five passes for 87 yards. On the games first play, the shifty Douglas took a reverse hand-off from Michael Bush and gained 26 yards, energizing the crowd at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"I just basically try to do whatever I can to help my team win," Douglas said. "I want to make my teammates believe in me and make the play when my number is called."
Douglas, already an integral part of the U of L offense, figures to play an even more important role with Bush out for the season. Though he expects a few different wrinkles on offense, Douglas expects the end result won't change much.
"We're going to have to do some things differently, but as far as doing what we love to do best – get a lot of yards, convert third downs, and score points – it won't affect that at all," Douglas said.
And while Douglas has proven worth to the Louisville offense, there are still a few finer points he needs to improve upon, according to his coach. Particularly, Petrino would like to see Douglas use his speed more instead of trying to cutback in an effort to find more running room.
"He talked to me about believing more in my speed," Douglas said. "I can get a lot more yards and score a lot more if I just believe in my speed more. We're taught not to be satisfied with just making the catching and to get yards after the catch. One, two, three, four yards add up."
With Miami just a week away from coming into Louisville for a highly anticipated nationally televised contest, Douglas said there's no chance the Cardinals will take the lowly Temple Owls for granted Saturday afternoon.
"We can't let down," Douglas said. "We have to approach every opponent the same way. I think that was one of our problems last year – we focused on everything (else) instead of one game at a time. This year we're not going to let that happen. We're focused on Temple and we're working to get better everyday in practice."