Repeating as a state football champion is never an easy task, especially when you throw a new starting quarterback into the mix. That's why DeSoto (TX) shot-caller Courtney Douglas has one of the toughest jobs in the country.
Taking over for TCU commit Shawn Robinson, Douglas is poised to experience similar success this year. D1 Gridiron's Nate Bucsko spoke with Douglas about the pressure of taking over a state champ, his goals, and what inspires him.
Nate Bucsko: What are the key areas you have improved since last year?
Courtney Douglas: My speed and vision. I've also learned to be more of a vocal leader.
NB: What were some tough lessons you learned last year that'll help you this season?
CD: Well I learned a lot from Shawn Robinson. He taught me a lot about in-game adjustments .
NB: What's something about you that separates you from other players?
CB: My humbleness . Unlike many of our seniors, I've been a back up since my sophomore year. So this will be my first year as a starter.
NB: What are you most looking forward to as far as leading the team and taking on the QB1 title?
CD: Making my team better one game at a time, just mostly taking on the leadership role and listening to my coaches as they prepare me for the next level.
NB: Who are your idols on and off the field?
CD: Baker Mayfield and Cam Newton.
NB: What are you looking for in a program at the next level?
CD: One that fits my playing style better, and one where I feel close to my coaches.
NB: Which pro team is your favorite?
CD: I'm a Dallas Cowboy fan, so you know I gotta go with Dak P & Zeke the freak.
NB: What do you envision as a successful season for you personally and for your team?
CD: Of course going back to state, and I don't have personal envisions cause me winning with my team is all I'm focusing on right now. The personal envision will come after the season.