October 23, 2008

Douglas makes smooth transition inside

Dominic Douglas thought this season would be much the same as the last lining up at outside linebacker and combining Jamar Chaney in the middle to make stops.
But when Chaney went down for the year in the season opener, Douglas was forced to move inside to anchor the defense against the run.

"My year has been going real good," Douglas said. "I started the season off at will linebacker and when Jamar Chaney got hurt the first game of the season, I had to make the transition to mike linebacker during the Georgia Tech game. From then on it's been a good experience. I've been well adjusted to the position so it's been a good thing for me so far."

But the move to the middle is not unfamiliar territory for the 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior.

"I played inside linebacker my senior year of high school at Clinton," Douglas said. "I went to junior college at Hinds Community College and ran a 4-2 defense there. I played mike linebacker there so it's not a different experience. But at the same time it's in an SEC game."

Douglas admitted that the transition to the Southeastern Conference from junior college was a challenge for him.

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