Brendan Douglas seemed like an after-thought for the 2013 class; most figured he was a last-minute consolation prize after the loss of Alvin Kamara, but the former Georgia Tech commit was never once rattled by the naysayers; he was sure of his ability and felt confident he could make a solid contribution for the Dawgs if given the opportunity.
Fast-forward to the here and now, when voluntary summer workouts are kicking in to full gear, and Douglas is already making a good first impression on his veteran teammates.
…“He’s big,” Herrera said of Douglas. “He’s really big. And he can run too.”
Added Garrison Smith: “I call him, ‘White Lightning.’ That dude right there, he looks like a white Adrian Peterson. The guy is ripped up. I could tell he’s probably been lifting weights since he was born…(Gentry Estes, 247 Sports)
The ‘White Lightning’ reference aside, I can think of worse things than being compared to a future Hall of Famer like Adrian Peterson.
I always liked the Douglas addition because I felt he could be a potential goal line threat as well as a big bodied blocking option for guys like Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley. If nothing else, he added depth to a position that Georgia has truly failed to find an answer for since the departure of Brannan Southerland.
Say what you want about the solid efforts of guys like Fred Munzenmaier and Bruce Figgins (who tried his wares at the spot during his final season), but Georgia has been searching for a legitimate lead blocker, with potential as a scoring threat on the goal line, since the departure of Southerland in 2009; and while the future has looked bright with guys like Quayvon Hicks and Merritt Hall poised to step up and step in to a more significant role this season, no one has truly been able to consistently fill the fullback void in a very long time.
I’m not saying that Douglas will become the next great fullback at Georgia (at least not just yet), but I am saying that his skill-set warrants more credit than it’s received thus far. He’s a smart runner, with deceptive speed, and an ability to get solid yards after contact; he’s hard to bring down, too.
Douglas is definitely one to watch this summer and it will be interesting to see how Bobo uses him come fall—particularly late in games when a horse is needed to both wear down opposing defenses as well as give a breath or two to guys like Marshall and Gurley.