Douglas done for the year with torn ACL
Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen confirmed that cornerback Bryan Douglas will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL at his press conference on Monday.
Douglas suffered the injury early in the first quarter of last Saturday’s 45-14 win over Wyoming. On the seventh play of the game, Douglas was running from left to right to make a tackle when his leg extended and was caught under Cowboy wide receiver Chris McNeill.
The redshirt sophomore immediately winced in pain and went to the ground grabbing his left knee.
“It’s just one of those unfortunate things,” Petersen explained. “He kind of planted weird. No one hit him or anything. It happens.”
Douglas started the first three games of the season and played a significant role in the last five contests as a reserve.
“It’s tough because he was doing a really good job,” expressed a disappointed Petersen. “We really thought of him as a starting corner and he’s been playing like that.”
Douglas finishes his sophomore season with 19 tackles, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.
— Douglas will not be able to gain any eligibility back. He has already used his redshirt season, plus, the Broncos are too far into their schedule for him to be granted an extra year for a medical hardship.
— Coach Petersen said that the injury will likely keep Douglas out until the middle of fall camp next year. Considering both starting cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins are seniors, Douglas figures to be Boise State’s top returner at the position in 2013.
— During fall camp this year, coach Petersen awarded Douglas with the sacred No. 1 jersey. While Petersen said he gave it to Douglas because the sophomore requested a different number, Douglas said Petersen gave it to him due to the hard work he put in both on and off the field.
Candidates to replace him
16 - Deon’tae Florence, Redshirt Sophomore
Florence is in his first year with Boise State after transferring from College of the Desert. In six games this season, he has record seven tackles and a forced fumble. Florence physically replaces Douglas as the backup to Jerrell Gavins on the depth chart.
37 - Ebo Makinde, Redshirt Junior
When injuries ravaged the Boise State secondary a year ago, Makinde stepped in and started four games at corner. Once again, this injury likely means Makinde will receive more playing time. Having participated in all eight games this season, the redshirt junior has registered five tackles.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)