The key to Todd Graham‘s offense with the Arizona State Sun Devils is a downhill running game that attacks defenses. That running game is dead in the water without a physical offensive line in front of it to pave the way. Last season, ASU was pleasantly surprised by the play of their offensive line, but this year they expect even more. Junior guard Jamil Douglas is ready to bring more in 2013.
Douglas nearly found his way off the team during his freshman year when he was involved in an off-field incident where he was charged with stealing from a teammate. Then-head coach Dennis Erickson suspended Douglas indefinitely. Since then, the offensive lineman has worked tirelessly to redeem himself to coaches and teammates under Graham, and emerged last season as a go-to guy on the offensive line.
He was a key in the ASU running game in 2012 starting all 13 games at left guard. The Sun Devils gained 2,760 yards on the ground, the most the program has tallied since 1996. As one of three new starters on the line, Douglas and the rest of the line exceeded expectations last season and made Graham’s transition to the desert look easy.
But Douglas isn’t resting on his heels after one good season. He’s been hitting the offseason strength and conditioning program hard, bulking up from the 284-pound playing weight he was listed at in 2012 to 303 pounds for 2013. At 6-foot-4, he now has the bulk on his frame to be a mauler in the trenches against the best defenses of the Pac 12. Added to his athleticism and ever-improving mental grasp of the game, Douglas is prepared for a breakout 2013 season.
ASU’s success next season will depend greatly on their ability to run the football. With Jamil Douglas leading the way, expect huge things from the Devils in 2013.