#50 Mike Douglas
— Height: 6’4”
— Weight: 288 lbs.
— Class: Redshirt Senior
— Position: Defensive tackle/end
— Hometown: Largo, FL (Largo High School)
How He Got Here
A 3-star prospect out of high school, Douglas committed to Joker Phillips just before he took over for Rich Brooks. He turned down several Florida schools (FAU and UCF), Mizzou, Cincinnatti, and Iowa for the Cats. Teams loved his speed, after clocking multiple 4.6 40-yard dashes.
Previous Accolades, 2013
Under the Phillips coaching staff he was a defensive end, learning everything he could from Collins Ukwu during a redshirt freshman season. Before Stoops arrived he played sparingly, but was always a playmaking threat, getting a sack and a forced fumble in each of his first two seasons. Last year he was moved to DT to utilize his pass rushing skills on the inside. Playing in all push rush situations, Douglas knocked down a couple of passes, had a sack and a fumble recovery while recording more than three tackles in six games.
Something You Didn’t Know About Him
Mike and I had logic class together early in our college careers. You can get out of calculus if you take logic, but there is not a damn thing in this world less logical than UK’s logic class. I never thought I’d say, “I wish I took calculus,” but I’m sure Mike would agree with me.
Something We Made Up About Him
When Douglas’ apartment burned down earlier this year, he found an exceptional silver lining. While walking around the house, he stubbed his toe on the corner of a door. He cursed out loud, but it came with a surprise: Douglas shouted fire, causing the apartment to go up in flames. It was a shocking revelation, until he realized that his mother’s maiden name is Targaryen. From the fire of Dragonstone to the Bluegrass of Lexington, Douglas is destined to avenge his family by conquering King’s Landing and ascending to the Iron Throne of the Red Keep.
Unfair NFL Comparison
Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore Ravens
Outlook for 2014
You probably haven’t heard of Big Mike Douglas before. That’s great if you like surprises, because that’s exactly what Big Mike’s going to do this year. The 5th year senior has been stuck at the bottom of the depth chart behind some great defensive linemen during his tenure. He started as a defensive end, but was moved to tackle by Jimmy Brumbaugh. Those experiences will make him the most versatile interior lineman on the roster. A pass rushing specialist last season, Douglas has secured a starting spot on the defensive line because of his ability to pass rush inside in the 4-3, and play a solid 5-technique as a defensive end in the 3-4.