Junior Profile - Derrick Bradley

In the state of Washington this year, they don't come any faster than Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak RB/DB Derrick Bradley. At 5-9 and 178 pounds, he brings some legit speed to the game and will be a coveted defender if his senior year is like last year.

"I like DB better," Bradley told Dawgman.com when asked about position preference. "I like coming up and making hits and making interceptions."

Now about that speed. Derrick did his country proud last year, winning the fastest man competition at the Big Kahuna 7-on-7 Passing Challenge in Burnaby, British Columbia. His time? 4.38 for the 40-yard dash.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to hear what Derrick thinks are his best attributes on the football field. "I think it's my speed and vision," he said, without hesitation.

Bradley has a standing long jump of 9'3", 295-pound bench press and 430-pound dead lift to his credit and he's put those physical skills to good work for Kamiak, earning Derrick first team All-WesCo 4A honors for special teams and defense.

"I don't talk all that much," he said. "I lead with my pads. If there's someone out there that's talking, I'll go and hit 'em, see what happens." Craig Chambers is one of Bradley's admirers, singling out Bradley as one of the toughest defensive backs he faced in 2001.

Derrick expects big things for the Knights this fall. "It's all good for next year," he said. "We have almost all of our offensive line coming back, and we've been working hard after school, lifting weights. We're getting back into shape."

He's already been receiving letters from Washington and Oregon. "I was invited to junior day but I missed it," he said. "I had some other things I was doing. I kind of forgot about it too. But I'm from here. I already know a lot about U-Dub."

When it comes to a college choice, Bradley already has a pretty good idea of how he would like things to turn out. "U-Dub, Oregon, the Cougars (WSU), all the local schools," he said, naming his favorites. "I'd like to stay close to home."

To that end, he's already planning to get his name back to the fore this summer. "I'm probably going to do the Nike camp at Oregon and also the UW camp," said Bradley. "I'm also going to the passing league (Big Kahuna) with my team again."

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