Louisville wide receiver Harry Douglas worked his way into the national spotlight while catching passes from quarterback Brian Brohm, posting 10 100-yard receiving games over the course of his junior and senior years. Douglas even put together back-to-back 200-yard performances against Kentucky and Syracuse in the early portion of the 2007 season.
During his junior year as a seven-game starter, the 5-foot-11, 176-pound speedster pulled in 70 passes to set a Louisville single-season record of 1,265 receiving yards, setting the bar high for himself as he headed into his senior year.
"I didn't want to be a player who everybody thought just had one great year and then I was never heard of again," Douglas said this week during an exclusive interview with Scout.com. "I wanted to live up to expectations and do everything that people thought that I was going to do for a second year. So I worked hard during my senior year to make sure I stayed at that level or got better."
He followed his attention-getting junior year with a 71-catch senior year, finishing second in the Big East with 1,159 receiving yards — despite missing two games due to a sprained ankle he suffered during the fourth week of the season. Even when he returned to action, the injury impacted his ability to play at full speed for a few more weeks, preventing him from putting up even bigger numbers.
Harry Douglas scores a touchdown against Pittsburgh.
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"I know I came back early from the injury," Douglas said. "That was my first time missing games in my career, period — the first time ever being hurt like that.
"I just wanted to get back on the field and help my team win football games and compete. So I came back about two weeks early."
Douglas used his quick first step and stunning speed -- that too often left defenders trailing hopelessly behind -- to accumulate 2,924 career receiving yards, second-best in the history of the school. And he accomplished that feat even though he only started 19 games for Louisville.
Now Douglas is gaining plenty of attention from NFL clubs, and already has two personal workouts scheduled. The Cincinnati Bengals will be taking a look at him on March 10th followed by the Eagles on March 18th.
Douglas also told Scout.com that while he was in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, he had formal interviews with the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins.
The Dolphins interest appears to be high when you also consider that Douglas says that Miami general manager Jeff Ireland met with him at the Senior Bowl in addition to his Combine interview. He also felt that his discussions at the Combine with Rams receivers coach Henry Ellard were very positive.
With Douglas' pro day still weeks away, he's likely to land more individual workouts prior to his March 24 exhibition. And he's looking forward to each one, because he simply has fun playing football.
"I'm serious, but I laugh a lot while I'm out there," he said. "I just love the game, period. I love being around the game of football."
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