Doug Papy: FL QB to Keep an Eye On

One athlete many folks aren't very aware of -- yet -- is Gulliver Prep's [Fl] starting signal-caller this upcoming year, Doug Papy. Standing in at 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds, Papy certainly did shine in a limited role last year, but will have a lenghtened opportunity to impress this spring and during his upcoming senior year.

Doug Papy, by way of Gulliver Prep School in Forida, had limited opportunities last year as he patiently waited his turn behind the incumbent senior. When given his opportunity, however, Papy showed glimpses of what may lie ahead in 2007 for his Gulliver Prep squad.

"I only played in 4 games last year and had about 800 yards throwing. I started my first game in the fourth game of the season and I had a really good game. I threw for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns that game, but I had to wait my turn playing behind a senior," stated Papy.

His turn has now arrived. Papy has gotten his Combine tour off to a very good start after his performance at the recent Combine in the sunshine state. After measuring in at 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds, Papy impressed by putting together a 4.62 40-yard dash and a 4.45 shuttle. Papy wil next compete at the MSL Combine held in Florida in mid-April. Until then, it will be business as usual.

"I finish school at 3 o'clock every day and I start my work-outs every day at 3:10. From 3:10 to 4:30 I'll focus on weight-training and from 4:30 until 5:15 I'll work on improving my agility," stated Papy.

Currently sporting a GPA hovering around 3.0, Papy is receiving letters from academic power Lehigh, and also receiving interest from FIU and ASU. While Papy would also like to hear from home-town favorite Miami, he indicates a preference to northern schools such as Rutgers as well.

"I've been following them since about 2000. I've been looking at them and seeing the great progress they've been making. Coach Schiano is just an awesome coach and it's pretty easy to see how he's made that program into a power. It was really impressive to see how devoted he is to continue to do what he's doing especially by turning down the Miami job."

Gulliver Prep. Assistant Coach Ron Butler has been impressed with Papy's current level of play and his continued improvement.

"Doug has a great attitude, he has tremendous leadership qualities, the kind that you want as your team's leader. He is a play-maker, he can make it happen. What's been really impressive for me is that he has that desire to just get better and better. He is simply willing to do everything and anything possible to improve himself."

Papy by the Numbers:
40-yard dash - 4.62
Squat - 450
Bench - 250

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