Jot one of Jimmy Klingler's best moments.
Klingler seemed to get sacked about as many
times as his brother David did last year. The
Cougars still went on the surprise the Fightin'
Illini, 31-13. Photo by Thomas Nguyen (center)
Cirunch time. Seniors Steve Clarke and Kevin
LaBay put Illinois quarterback Jason Verduzco in
his place. With the help of Allen Aldridge and
Stephen Dixon, the four combined for seven
sacks. Photo by Thomas Nguyen (lower left)
Wide receiver Daniel Adams tries to run away
from the TCU defender. The sophomore looks
like a leading receiver in new head coach Kim
Helton's offense. Photo by Thomas Nguyen
Jimmy Klingler started more than half of the
year's games, and won the number one spot by
default after Donald Douglas was injured. He
joins the few Cougar Quarterbacks who have
thrown more than 25 touchdown passes in a
season. Photo by Thomas Nguyen (lower right)
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the Two Headed Quarterback
was Coach John Jenkins' answer to the question; Who
would replace David Klingler?
Donald Douglas and
Jimmy Klingler were vying for
the job, trying to prove they
were the best in summer practices. Chandler Evans was injured and Kyle Allen was a
Coach Jenkins watched
and waited. He didn't release
his decision to the public until
a week before the season
started. Jenkins would use both
counts, different styles."
In the press, it seemed
the relationship between the
two quarterbacks was becoming strained. It seemed that everyone wanted to find out who
was the better QB. "It doesn't
do any good to talk each other
down," said Klingler. "It's not
going to change anything."
If the offensive line
didn't protect Jimmy and
Donald like they hadn't protected David last year, then
nothing would change. "If the
Cougars don't win," said Douglas. 'The critics will become
more vocal, wondering why
Jenkins didn't choose one quar-
you're going to stay in there,"
Douglas did go on to
start the Michigan game, as well
as the Southwest Louisiana and
the Baylor game. Some wins,
some losses, but in each game
Klingler appeared for at least
half the game.
The matter was decided for good after Douglas
couldn't continue to play in
the Texas game, suffering from
fallen arches. One appearance
in the SMU game finished his
season as he couldn't play for
the entire drive without pain.
He sat out the rest of the season
as Klingler took the reigns.
DouglasandKHnglerformf't wo-headed" Quarterback
Jimmy Klingler and Donald
Douglas. He would choose
which one would start the game
from who had the hot hand in
practice, then switch out the
men during the game. The idea,
we think, was to confuse opposing defenses and having to
develop two different strategies.
Douglas was mobile,
being able to scramble and run
the ball. Klingler, much like
his brother, was able to hurl
long, accurate passes. Junior
Douglas had experience at the
University of Florida and filling in for David the last two
years, but Jimmy had also
played in games last year.
"It's like having Nolan
Ryan and Roger Clements on
the same team," said Jenkins.
'They're both going to pitch."
Receiver Freddie Gilbert didn't feel the system
would work. "I can see problems down the road. Offenses
are based on rhythm. Quarterbacks have different snap
The first test came
against Tulsa. Douglas was chosen to start, unfortunately it
wasn't his best showing, and
after three drives, Klingler had
"I'd be lying if I said I
wasn't hurt," said Douglas. "I
lost a sense of security. They
say Jimmy got hot. I didn't get
a second chance. I definitely
feel it was unfair."
Douglas felt he accomplished more in summer practice, and that he should have
been the starting QB, but the
two quarterback system left
him watching his back, always
trying to stay ahead of Klingler.
"It got kind of frustrating at the end," said sophomore Klingler. "Going into
game week everyone's asking;
Who's going to start? Who's
going to play? And you don't
"During the game
there's a little more pressure.
You know that if you do well,
Klingler had good
showings at Texas and the
Homecoming TCU game, but
the offensive line crumbled
before him in other games, such
as the surprising loss to SMU.
"You can't put it on one
thing," said Klingler about the
loss. "We stunk all day." Klingler stacked up the stats as
usual, 34 out of 53 passes were
successful for 385 yards, but
the end zone seemed out of
It all turned around for
the Rice game, where the offensive line stepped up it's play.
Klingler threw seven touchdown passes and ran up 613
passing yards. Stats worthy of
Andre Ware, or David Klingler.
The final note came after the season, Jenkins announced that Douglas would
play safety next year, throwing
out the two quarterbacks monster, but new head coach Kim
Helton may have different ideas
for the two Cougar cannons.