Georgia Football: Brendan Douglas is Making a Big Impression

Brendan Douglas is already turning heads in practice, what will his role (if any) be this fall? Photo: Michael Holahan

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.



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12 comments for “Georgia Football: Brendan Douglas is Making a Big Impression

  1. Maria Clay
    06/29/2013 at 8:46 AM

    Kimberley I read and enjoyed your article and did not for a second even consider the use of “code words.”. Some people are sensitive to a fault and the dawgbyte commenter is definitely one.

    • 06/29/2013 at 10:52 AM

      Thank you, Maria! Much obliged for both the read and the compliment 🙂

  2. Gandalph
    06/29/2013 at 8:34 AM

    DawgByte needs to take a deep breath. His overly sensitive comments are what is wrong with this country today. We will never be able to get along as a nation unless we can drop the sensitivity to EVERYTHING that is being said or written. I guess that half the people in this country will always look for a snake under every rock. I, for one, enjoy your insight and articles about the team we love. And, I did not “read” the article and come away with the same PI (politically incorrect) conclusions as apparently others did.
    So, in my best southern drawl, from a happily married old white guy to an intelligent black female journalist, “Kimberly, you just keep on doin’ what you do, darlin’, cause you are doin’ a good job. Let the naysayers fall where they may”.

    • 06/29/2013 at 10:49 AM

      LOL! Thank you for the compliment; as a proud G.R.I.T.S, I can certainly appreciate the kind words of a southern gentleman 🙂

      As for the post, I’m glad to know that it wasn’t universally interpreted as a jab at this young man’s talents because, as I’ve already stated, that was certainly not my intent.

      Thanks again for the kudos, that made my morning!

  3. Van
    06/28/2013 at 10:04 PM

    I believe UGA signed Douglas as a RB and that’s what he’ll play. I’m with Dawgbyte here…. I know it wasn’t intended, but unfortunately it came across as prematurely dismissing his talent and assuming he’ll be a fullback just because he’s white. Adrian Peterson certainly isn’t a fullback.

    And as fullbacks go, Shaun Chapas was Southerland’s successor and he was good at UGA and good enough to play in the NFL. Let’s not forget him.

    • 06/29/2013 at 10:44 AM

      After re-reading the article, I still do not feel I was negating Douglas’ merits as a running back. My intent, as I explained to Dawgbyte, was to bring Douglas’ talents to the attention of my readers.

      Sometimes I think the interpretation has as much impact as anything; as a writer, that’s one thing I could not account.

      And you are right about Chapas, he was a good one, too.

  4. DawgByte
    06/28/2013 at 12:29 PM

    Kimberly, I can accept the honesty of your rebuttal in regards to your intention. Unfortunately, in today’s PC charged world where every word or phrase is dissected to determine if it has a potential to offend, it’s imperative we apply the new standard across the board.

    • 06/28/2013 at 3:37 PM

      I can certainly understand your point and I whole-heartedly agree that certain phraseology carries with it a degree of negative interpretation, depending on your perspective. But my hope is that, in time, those ideas begin to change as we all come to realize that each athlete is worthy to be judged on his own merits, as opposed to what we once understood to be a common stereotype.

  5. DawgByte
    06/28/2013 at 11:53 AM

    Sorry, but I have a problem here. We constantly read about “code words” that are used in racial conversations. These code words are often seen as racist in nature. I’d like to call out some code words used here…

    “deceptive speed” = he’s white, therefore he can’t be considered fast
    “consolation price” = we were hoping to get a black running back, but got a white one as an afterthought
    “big bodied blocking option for guys like Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley” = White guys can’t jump and they don’t make good RB’s. See stereotype in the dictionary!

    Hall and Hicks are both solid options at FB. Why did I put Hall ahead of Hicks? Hall won the starting position last year and played extremely well until he got hurt. Assuming he’s healthy, he should regain the starting role. He’s an amazing blocker.

    Lets not play this stereotype game and give Douglas a shot at his chosen position – RB!

    • 06/28/2013 at 12:15 PM

      I can assure you I wasn’t coding anything when I wrote this article as I’ve used similar adjectives when describing other players as well; their race means absolutely nothing to me, so I strongly disagree with your assertion that I was in any way trying to diminish the value of Douglas because he is a white player.

      That said, it is no secret that Georgia wanted to sign two running backs in last year’s class—Kamara was option 1—and they missed on the one guy they coveted most. They weren’t looking to end the recruiting season minus at least two backs, so Douglas was offered. The fact that the offer came just shy of signing day (when it became clear that Kamara was Bama bound) speaks to that fact.

      Lastly, Douglas is currently listed as a fullback on the depth chart; while he may get a shot at running back, he is most likely to see the field earlier as a fullback/special teams guy with both Marshall and Gurley ahead of everyone.

      Stereotypes are not now, nor have they ever been, my thing—just so you know.

  6. AthensHomerDawg
    06/28/2013 at 7:54 AM


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