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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/18968.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/18968

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Transcript AthletUDouglasRollsOn Decisions and opportunities define QB's career In football, as in almost every sport, speed is one of the great .est gifts an athlete can possess. Junior quarterback Donald Douglas, however, sees speed as just another hurdle between him and his of becoming a star quarterback. All his life people have praised Douglas for his tremendous athletic ability, but because of his ability, coaches have always wanted to convert him to receiver or defense. "Ever since I was in high school, I've always had to prove that I can throw," Douglas said. "I get upset when I look in the paper and the only thing I read is that I'm an athlete and I can scramble. I can throw and read defenses." Out of high school, Douglas had been interested in Southwest Conference schools. Seeing the success that Andre Ware was having at Houston influenced him to commit to the Cougars. "(Other) coaches were telling me they wanted me to play defense," said Douglas. "They wanted me, but not as a quarterback. They weren't going to give me a chance." John Jenkins, who at the time was the Cougars' offensive coordinator, recruited Douglas for the speed he would lend to the Run and Shoot. He went beyond usual convention to sway Douglas. Jenkins called Douglas from the locker room at halftime of Houston's 1988 game against Texas. The Cougars had just posted a 35-3 lead. "I'm sitting at home watching the game on TV and the phone rings right after halftime. I pick up and Jenkins said, 'Hey Hoss, are you watching the game?' 128mm%Sports I said 'yeah', and he said 'What do you think about that?'" "I said, 'Do you think you can put 60 on the board?' He said, "60 huh? You watch this, and I'll call you after the game.'" Douglas said Jenkins called back not more than 15 minutes after the 66-15 win and said, "Hey Hoss, is that good enough for you?" Douglas did commit to Houston while at Liberty High School, however, when the Cougars were put on probation in 1989 for violating NCAA regulations, Douglas opted to play at Florida. Douglas wears a watch from Florida's 1989 Freedom Bowl appearance. As a true freshman, Douglas took over for injured Gators starter Kyle Morris, starting the final four games of the season, and the Freedom Bowl game against Washington State. Out of those five games, Florida's only win came against Kentucky. Douglas entered the Gators' 1990 spring practice as the number one quarterback—in front of four other scholarship QB's. Early that spring, however, Florida Coach Steve Spurrier wanted to convert Douglas into a receiver. "I was thinking, 'Oh, God, not again,'" Douglas said. "I told him I wanted to be quarterback, not a receiver." Douglas said Spurrier abandoned the idea at the time, and told him he wanted to rotate the five QB's in practice. "We went through, and everyone took their turn," said Douglas. "I went from one to five just like that. He never would rotate me back up." Douglas said Spurrier called him back into his office and told him he would be moved to receiver. "I told him that I wouldn't be back in practice." The Gators released Douglas and he headed back to Houston. When Douglas took the helm for the injured David Klingler in 1991, he looked to be the Cougars' QB front-runner. "Coming into this season, I wanted to be the number one guy. I wanted to be a leader and a role model. I wanted to win the Heisman." However, things once again turned out contrary to Douglas' plans. Jenkins decided to rotate Douglas and sophomore Jimmy Klingler in an attempt to thwart opposing defenses. Neither quarterback was particularly pleased with the arrangement early on, but the two learned to deal with it and formed a friendship. "You have to put your ego aside when the time comes to be ready to play. I'd like to stay in, but if I'm pulled out I won't get mad or anything like that." During the season, Douglas injured his feet, making it difficult for him to go in for more than a few plays. Once again his career as a top quarterback came into question. Douglas has one year of eligibility left, and he spent much of spring training studying to be a free safety. Under the leadership of new head Coach Kim Helton, it is unknown how Douglas will serve the Cougars in 1993. "I'll have to go back and re-establish my relationship with God and put the whole thing in his hands." -Jason Luther Donald Douglas scrambles for the last fewyards. The quarterback's triple threat of speed, Lntelli- gence and accuracy made him a natural for the Runand Shoot. Photo by Thomas Nguyen, (upper left) Jeff Tail and Daniel Adams combine talents to make this defender take the fail early. Photoby Thomas Nguyen, (upper right) Terrance Mouton. An Aggie. A refthal likes to watch. No Comment. Photoby Thomas Nguyen, (lower right) Yes, that's fimmy Herndon In the back of the jture, I'm sure ne's keeping superb* k Bryan Brown safe from those big Automata TellerMa chinegays.PhotobyThomas Nguyen, (lower left) HerndonSvprisedBy HUOwnGoodforhsne Jimmy Hemdon couldn't believe it. He was dumbfounded by the notion that his 6-foot-8-inch frame was on the playing field competing in Division I-A football. "Being outtherealot of timesljustlook at the sideline and go, 'You know, 1 can't believe I'mreally outhere doingthis/" said the 19-year- old freshman from Lee High School in Baytown. Hemdon was redshirted last year, so hespentmostofhistimesittingonthesidelines. "I kind of enjoyed it because I got to I concentrate on lifting weights and getting stronger," he said. "It was kind of frustrating to watch | the team losing and not being able to do any- thing to help, (but) it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Coming in, you figure it's going to berealbadjustwatchingthemplay,butitwasn*t| that bad. It went by pretty fast. Now with the redshirt gone from his playing status, Hemdon started on offense at left tackle in front of senior John Morris. Hemdon though, is still learning the ropes. "Sometimes I do feel like a freshman because I go back to some of the stuff that Coach | Vinklarekhadtobreakmeofwhenlfirststarted this "hesaid."AttheSMUgame,Iwentbackto some of the stuff that I hadn't done since last year, just fundamental stuff, and I just have to remember that I'm still leaming^damKin Football 129