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Know Your Wildcat: Mike Douglas

The big man can still get UP. (Rich Glickstein/AP)

The big man can still get UP. (Rich Glickstein/AP)

The big man can still get UP. (Rich Glickstein/AP)

#50 Mike Douglas

Vitals

— 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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for Know Your Wildcat: Mike Douglas



  1. kyle heavy
    4:14 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    I hear you on the logic class. It is TERRIBLE and there is nothing logical at all about it.



  2. gordonm
    4:21 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    This pic of M Douglas is reminiscent of a pic of Art Still on the cover of the Cats Pause back then. Still was planking in game in that photo.



  3. Brian the Derpface
    4:22 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    I hear he makes the grandma from The Nutty Professor moist.



  4. Huh?
    4:27 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    “stuck behind some great defensive linemen.” At UK?



    • Nah
      4:32 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, I caught that too. How could UK have had “great defensive linemen” in the last, I dunno, 20 years, when they perennially rank at the bottom of the SEC in defense? Heck, they have ranked near last in the NATION in defense the last couple of years!! Geez



  5. gordonm
    5:50 pm August 25, 2014 Permalink

    Just these thoughts: When you are on top, where can you go? When you are on the bottom, where can you go?



  6. BillDozer
    8:48 am August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Damn you Logic class……worst class at UK. Makes no sense to anyone at any time. True story: I walked into my final and circled 40 answers and walked out (waited around until some others finsihed so I didnt look like I didnt care). I ended up with a ‘D’ for a final grade and was thrilled. Thank you Jesus.