Bryan Dougherty Produced for MPC in '06

A player that has flown under the radar all year in the JC ranks is Monterey Peninsula WR Bryan Dougherty (6-3, 191). He just finished his season last weekend and now he's ready to focus on recruiting.

"We just finished up playing in the Holiday Bowl up in Butte," Dougherty told  "We didn't do very well, but we were pretty successful this season and that was a positive."

Dougherty, who prepped at Salinas High School in Salinas, California, finished the season with 40 receptions for over 500 yards and three touchdowns, but was hampered for the last half of the season with a tweaked knee.

"I injured it about halfway through the season and it just never healed 100%," Dougherty said.  "I didn't play in the bowl game in the fourth quarter because it really started to swell up and I couldn't go. 

"Every time I got hit on hit, it hurt and swelled up, but I did my best to tough through it.  It's what you have to do when you're playing football.  With rest it will be just fine."

As far as recruiting is concerned, it really hasn't started yet for Dougherty, but he plans to change that pretty soon.

"I'm just getting my tapes ready right now," Dougherty said.  "Our coaches like us to focus on the season first and then we hit recruiting hard when the season ends. 

"I don't have any offers right now, but I got a lot of letters from Arizona State, Oregon State, Minnesota, Missouri and Utah over the summer and those are the schools we'll definitely be sending tapes to as well as a couple others." 

Dougherty runs precise routes and has deceptive speed and teams seem to like his size and hands as well.

He'll have three years to play two at the next level and will graduate in May.


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