Archive for Thursday, December 31, 2009

Douglas finding his spot on K-State’s offensive line

December 31, 2009, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: January 2, 2010, 3:14 p.m.

Ethan Douglas is proving he can play football at the division one level and enjoying the ride at Kansas State.

Douglas was in the team’s playing rotation on the offensive line last season. The team spent much of the season leading the race in the Big 12 North with victories against teams such as Iowa State, Colorado and Kansas.

“It was fun to be honest,” Douglas said. “To be on the team at K-State is a lot of fun. It is very demanding but worth it.”

K-State ended the season without making a bowl game, but was vastly improved from the previous season. While the Wildcats made progress, Douglas said no game was much more memorable than another.

“We took it week by week and didn't look ahead,” he said. “We tried to get better each week as we went. There are games you wish you could replay, but no game stood out more than the others.”

The season also saw a coaching change as former coach Bill Snyder returned to the team, replacing Ron Prince. Douglas enjoyed playing for Snyder and learned a lot from the coaching staff.

“I think team wise we are a lot closer. I definitely believe that,” he said.

He is back in Basehor-Linwood for break and trains at the high school.

He wishes that K-State was playing in a bowl game as this is bowl season with games dotting the sports landscape each night culminating with the BCS Championship game in January.

Watching the games provides motivation for Douglas.

“I want to improve my game and see what I can do to help the team,” he said. “I believe that I took a step forward this season. I did get better. I have to look forward and get better. Teams get an extra month of practice that we don’t, so we have to work hard this offseason.”

Basehor-Linwood football coach Steve Hopkins said Douglas is excited to compete for a starting position next year.

Douglas said he is focused on improving his play and said that playing time would take care of itself.

“I have a lot of improvement to make,” he said. “Just my game basically, I have got to get stronger and bigger. I need to work on my footwork and stuff like that.”

Douglas returns to Manhattan in mid-January. While he enjoys being home, he is excited to get back to K-State where he is majoring in construction science management.

“It is nice to be home, but I am ready to get back to the grindstone,” he said.

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