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Early Doucet, WR

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 209 | College: LSU
 
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Overview

Regarded as the elite receiver in college football entering his senior season at LSU, Early Doucet was being counted on to fill the void created by the departure of first-round wide receivers, Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City) and Craig Davis (San Diego).

But after catching 15 passes in the first two games of the 2007 season, the team's go-to target was sidelined the next four contests and saw minimal action in another after he suffered a severely pulled groin muscle during a scrimmage on Sept. 14.

Doucet would still manage to lead the team in receptions, hauling in 57 tosses as a senior to finish his time with the Tigers ranked third on the all-time chart with 20 touchdown catches, fourth with 160 receptions and ninth with 1,943 yards receiving.

Doucet was regarded as the best wide receiver in the country and the top prospect in the state of Louisiana by College Football News as a senior at St. Martinville High School. He earned All-American first-team honors from Parade Magazine and was a second-team pick by USA Today. He was a member of Fox Sports Network's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" first-team, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue Chip List. He added first-team Class 4A All-State recognition and was an honorable mention academic All-State selection. He also played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Doucet showed tremendous versatility, playing quarterback, wide receiver, running back, and handled return duties. He closed out his career with 7,104 all-purpose yards and 79 touchdowns, including running for 3,592 yards on 470 carries and 52 touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 850 yards and passed for over 750 yards, despite suffering from a nagging hamstring injury. He accounted for 30 touchdowns that season.

Doucet became the first player in 31 years to start every game as a freshman. He was a member of four postseason teams, including a state semifinal berth as a freshman and junior. A standout basketball player, he played a pivotal role in helping the Tigers win the Class 4A State Basketball Championship as a sophomore.

The flanker started three of 10 games he played in at Louisiana State in 2004. He was named to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference squad, as he made 18 catches for 257 yards (14.3-yard average), including two touchdowns. He also had a 16-yard punt return. He appeared in 12 games as a sophomore, missing the Peach Bowl vs. Miami with a right ankle sprain. Doucet would start three times at flanker and twice at split end, finishing fourth on the team with 26 receptions for 389 yards (15.0-yard average) and five scores.

In 2006, Doucet earned All-SEC second-team honors, as he led the team with 1,032 all-purpose yards. He started twice at flanker and three times at split end, ranking second on the squad with 59 receptions for 772 yards (13.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns. He totaled 202 yards on 12 kickoff returns (16.8-yard average) and 59 yards with a pair of scores on eight rushing attempts (7.4 avg).

Despite missing four games and almost the entire Kentucky game due to a groin injury, Doucet was still named a consensus All-SEC second-team selection. He led the team with 57 catches for 525 yards (9.2-yard average) and five touchdowns. He also completed one pass for 35 yards, returned a punt five yards and had an 18-yard kickoff return.

In 45 games at Louisiana State, Doucet started 22 games, with 17 starts coming at flanker. He finished ranked fourth in school history with 160 receptions, ninth with 1,943 yards receiving (12.1-yard average) and third with 20 touchdown grabs. He carried 12 times for 61 yards (5.1 avg) and two scores, completed one pass attempt for 35 yards and returned 13 kickoffs for 220 yards (16.9 avg). He added 20 yards on four punt returns (5.0 avg), recorded five tackles (four solo) with a stop for a six-yard loss that resulted in a safety and also recovered a fumble.

Analysis

Positives: Has a well-defined body with good muscle tone throughout, thick thighs and calves and room on his frame to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk without having the additional weight impact his overall quickness … Plays faster than his timed speed indicates, at times, but usually just when he gets a clear lane … Has very good leaping ability and adjustment agility to compete for jump balls … Uses his leg drive and lower-body strength to compensate for a lack of blazing speed, when trying to separate after the catch … Runs with a straight-legged stride at times, but moves athletically when working back to the ball … Has the hand-eye coordination to adjust to the ball in flight … Shows good flexibility reaching around the defender to make the catch and is just a little stiff in his hips when making lateral cuts … Uses his hands well to defeat the press and get into his routes vs. smaller defenders … Runs with a long stride that makes him look faster than his timed speed … Catches the ball effectively and can adjust his body to make the tough catch … Uses good head fakes and strength to break arm tackles and avoid defenders after the catch … Can read zone coverage and find holes in the defense to get open, especially when working underneath … Shows toughness as a blocker on running plays and when going up for the ball in a crowd … Has good awareness and knows when to come back to help the quarterback when the pocket is pressured … Does a nice job of keeping his feet and adjusting when working along the boundary … Uses his body well to shield the ball from the defender and his size presents a nice target for the quarterback when going over the middle, as he uses his strength to adjust to the coverage … Has courage catching in a crowd and has the necessary strength and lateral quickness to fight off press coverage, using a good burst to gain separation once he's broken free from the second-level defender … Does a good job of making adjustments on fade routes … Will generally catch the ball away from his body and displays the necessary toughness and leaping ability to come down with the ball in a crowd (very competitive in the red zone) … Has only a modest second gear and doesn't always run away from quicker defenders, but is efficient at getting on top of the coverage, utilizing solid double moves … His strength lets him run through or out of tackles and is not the type that will go down easily … Displays the willingness and toughness to gain good position on defenders as a blocker and to sustain those blocks once he's engaged … Attacks aggressively to fit up and finish his blocks working along the line … Works hard to sustain his blocks and is good at taking angles and staying with his man cut-blocking in the second level.

Negatives: More quick than explosive, lacking the second gear to threaten the deep secondary … Shows good urgency getting into his routes, but he needs to refine his cuts (takes soft angles), as he will often round coming out of his breaks, preventing him from attaining good separation … Bit of a chatterbox on the field and will need to "dial it down" a bit early in his professional career … Used on kickoff returns, but had problems fielding the ball cleanly and his vision is questionable, as he will run to spots rather than patiently wait for his blocks to develop … A bit stiff in his hips and, while he is functional changing direction, he needs to drop his pads better in attempts to come out of his breaks cleanly … Upon his return from a groin injury as a senior, he was too inconsistent in attempts to break down the defender's cushion when getting into his routes (explosion he showed in the past was not there when he returned from the injury) … Generally shows good ball security, but will drop a few easy throws when he tries to run before he has the ball secure in his hands … Does not have the long reach (30 3/4-inches) or large hands (8 1/2-inches) you look for in a receiver his size … Will sometimes jog off the line of scrimmage, making him late getting into his patterns.

Compares To: DWAYNE BOWE-Kansas City … Like his former teammate, Doucet has valid straight-line quickness and good strength to beat the press and get into his routes. Possibly due to his groin injury, Doucet failed to show the explosion needed to gobble up the defender's cushion in 2007. He needs route refinement, as he will take soft-angle cuts and fails to sink his hips coming out of his breaks. He is an efficient pass catcher, but has become a liability as a kickoff returner, as he struggles to field the ball and lacks patience waiting for his blocks to develop. For a player purported to have "explosive speed to be a go-to receiver," as most scouting reports say, he just seemed to be nothing more than a possession receiver as a senior. He might have better value as a slot receiver or at flanker and might lack the sudden burst or second gear to be effective as a split end.

Career Notes

Joined Dwayne Bowe (26, 2003-06) and Michael Clayton (21, 2001-03) as the only players in school history to have 20 touchdown catches (20) in a career … Ranks fourth in LSU annals with 160 receptions, topped only by Wendell Davis (183, 1984-87), Michael Clayton (182, 2001-03) and Josh Reed (167, 1999-2001) … his 1,943 yards receiving placed him ninth on the Tigers' career list … Doucet's 59 receptions in 2006 tied Tony Moss (1989) for ninth on the school list … His eight touchdown catches in 2006 rank 11th on LSU's annual record chart.

2007 Season

Earned All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors from The Sporting News, despite sitting out the Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina, Tulane and Florida contests and most of the Kentucky clash due to a right groin pull that he suffered during a September practice … Still managed to lead the team with 57 receptions for 525 yards (9.2-yard average) and five touchdowns … Rushed three times for losses totaling three yards and had a five-yard punt return … Completed one pass for a 35-yard gain vs. Alabama and gained 16 yards on a kickoff return … Had 91 passes targeted to him, as 10 were deflected by the opposition … Produced 29 first-down grabs, as he converted 9-of-26 third-down throws and one more on fourth down … Had 21 receptions for 10 yards or longer, including seven for at least 20 yards … In addition to five scoring grabs, he had big catches that set up five other touchdown drives and four series that ended with field goals.

2007 Game Analysis

Mississippi State … Doucet began the season with nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, as eight of his grabs produced first downs, including four on third-down snaps … His third-and-11 14-yard grab set up Keiland Williams' 1-yard scoring plunge in the second quarter … Another third-and-9 catch for 18 yards was followed by another 1-yard touchdown run by Williams on the next series … Doucet then grabbed a Matt Flynn third quarter toss for an 11-yard score … A third-and-5 reception for 6 yards led to a 3-yard touch-down run by QB Ryan Perriloux early in the fourth quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-CB#11-Anthony Johnson (5:10-194)-Eight tackles (6 solos), one pass deflection, a stop for a 1-yard loss.

Virginia Tech … The flanker followed with six receptions for 75 yards, including a score, but was also penalized for an illegal shift while on the punting unit in the first quarter … He had a seven-yard grab, followed by a 29-yarder on third-and-9 before QB Ryan Perrilloux hit Doucet with a 34-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter … Asked about whether LSU wanted to make a statement vs. Virginia Tech, the receiver told the media, "I wouldn't really say that we came out to make a statement. We just wanted to come out and play LSU football, which is getting on our opponents early and executing the plays being called. We want to have little or no mistakes in every phase, offense, defense and special teams, and I thought we played excellent tonight as a whole. Our offense started quickly. "The main thing is execution. You call the play, and you want to execute it to the best of your abilities. We came out and did that tonight." … Record Watch-Doucet's touchdown was the 17th for his career, moving him into a tie with Josh Reed (1999-2001) and Kn Kavanaugh, Sr. (1937-39) for sixth on the school's all-time record list … Head-to-Head Competition-CB# 18-Brandon Flowers (5:10-190)-Nine tackles (8 solos), two stops for losses of 5 yards.

Middle Tennessee, South Carolina, Tulane, Florida … Did not play … Suffered a severe groin pull and tear one day prior to the Middle Tennessee clash (9/14) that would sideline him for over a month.

Kentucky … Returned in a limited role, appearing in just one play, but did not catch any passes.

Auburn … Playing played his first significant action since tearing a groin muscle in practice, Doucet caught seven passes 93 yards, but also dropped three other throws …

His 33-yard grab on third-and-9 set up an LSU 29-yard field goal to start the second half, adding 9 and 17-yarders before catching a third-and-9 throw for 8 yards, setting up another Tigers 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-CB#8-Jerraud Powers (5:09-177)-Six tackles (5 solos), one interception for a 36-yard return.

Alabama … Two of Doucet's seven catches came on third-down snaps and another on fourth down, as he totaled 67 yards with two touchdowns … He pulled down a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Flynn with 4:30 left in the first quarter and had a 32-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter … He also threw a 35-yard option pass to QB Matt Flynn late in the opening stanza … Record Watch-Doucet's two touchdowns gave him 19 for his career, tying Devery Henderson (2000-03) and Wendell Davis (1984-87) for third on the school's career-record list … His nine receptions gave him 130 as a Tiger, good for ninth on LSU's all-time record chart … Head-to-Head Competition-CB#2-Simeon Castille (6:01-189)-Four tackles (3 solos), one stop for a 1-yard loss, one pass deflection.

Louisiana Tech … Doucet was held to 22 yards on three catches, as drops resulted in him not getting to three other throws … Head-to-Head Competition-CB#1-Tony Moss (5:11-188)-Five solo tackles, one stop for a 1-yard loss.

Mississippi … The flanker snatched eight passes for 58 yards. Setting up Matt Flynn's 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter when he caught a second-and-3 toss from the QB for a 10-yard gain … Talking to the media about the offense after the game, Doucet stated, "We came in there and make big plays when we needed it. The offense did their job. The O-line had a pretty good season. They've done a good job. They've given Matt the time that he needed. He's done a tremendous job as well. He can make the throws, the runs, the checks, everything that you need in a leader." … Record Watch-Doucet's eight catches gave him 141 for his career, tying him with Craig Davis (2003-06) for eighth on the school's career-record list … Head-to-Head Competition-CB#12-Dustin Mouzon (5:11-177)-Six tackles (5 solos).

Arkansas … Doucet recovered his own fumble after a 4-yard catch late in the first quarter and also dropped a potential touchdown pass on third down, as he caught just seven of fifteen passes thrown to him for 52 yards … Head-to-Head Competition-CB#8-Michael Grant (5:11-198)-One solo tackle, four pass deflections.

Tennessee (Southeastern Conference Championship) … The receiver was tackled for a 10-yard loss on a reverse, had three passes batted out of his hands and failed to catch two others, finishing with 29 yards on five snatches, including a long of 23 yards … Head-to-Head Competition-CB#13-Brent Vinson (6:02-190)-Two tackles (one solo), one pass deflection.

Ohio State (BCS Championship Game) … Doucet closed out his career with 51 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions … He had 10 & 16-yard grabs, followed by a 4-yard reverse to set up an LSU first quarter 32-yard field goal … He capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive at the start of the second half by beating cornerback Malcolm Jenkins to snare a 4-yard scoring lob from QB Matt Flynn … Record Watch-With his touchdown catch, Doucet closed out his career with 20 scoring grabs, good for third on the school's career-record list … Head-to-Head Competition-CB#2-Malcolm Jenkins (6:01-202)-Three assisted tackles, a 23-yard interception return.

2006 Season

Second-team All-SEC selection as a return specialist by the league's coaches … Started five games (two at flanker, three at split end) while appearing in all 13 contests … Finished second on the team with a career-high 59 receptions for 772 yards (13.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns … Gained 59 yards on eight reverses (7.4-yard average) with a pair of scores … Had 12 kickoff returns for 202 yards (16.8-yard average), but lost one yard on two punt returns … Credited with four tackles (three solo) on special teams … His average of 4.54 receptions per game was good for eighth in the conference … Led the team with 1,032 all-purpose yards.

2006 Game Analysis

Pulled in seven passes for 101 yards and a score in the Tigers' win over Alabama and scored the game-winning touchdown vs. Tennessee, hauling in a 4-yard pass from QB JaMarcus Russell with nine seconds left, as he finished the night with a career-high eight catches for 73 yards … Was also impressive vs. Tulane, pulling in four catches for 36 yards and two scores (12 and 17 yards) and added a third touchdown vs. the Green Wave on a 17-yard run … Also had another rushing touchdown on a 12-yard run vs. Kentucky, adding four catches for 54 yards … Caught six passes for 73 yards and a 4-yard, fourth-quarter score in the Tigers' overtime victory over Mississippi … Grabbed three passes for 33 yards and a 16-yard touchdown vs. Louisiana-Lafayette … Had five catches for 71 yards and a 37-yard touchdown in the Mississippi State game … Scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 7-yard catch in the fourth quarter vs. Arkansas in the SEC championship game … Was instrumental in the Tigers' win over Notre Dame in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, catching eight passes for a career-high 115 yards, as his performance included a career-long 58-yard grab.

2005 Season

Played in 12 games, starting five contests (three at flanker, two at split end), missing the Peach Bowl vs. Miami with a right ankle sprain … Finished fourth on the squad with 389 yards and five touchdowns on 26 receptions (15.0-yard average) … Posted a tackle for a six-yard loss that resulted in a safety vs. Arkansas and carried once for a five-yard gain.

2005 Game Analysis

Caught the game-winning 39-yard touchdown with just over a minute left in a 35-31 decision over Arizona State in the season opener, hauling the reception from JaMarcus Russell on a fourth-and-10 situation … Made two catches for 46 yards, good for 40- and 6-yard touchdowns in the North Texas game … Added an 8-yard touchdown among his five grabs for 94 yards vs. Vanderbilt … Had a 20-yard touchdown catch vs. Mississippi.

2004 Season

Freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection … Started three of 10 games he played in at flanker for the LSU offense … Caught 18 passes for 257 yards (14.3-yard average) and a pair of touchdowns … Also returned a punt 16 yards vs. Arkansas State.

2004 Game Analysis

His first career reception was good for 20 yards vs. Arkansas State … Scored his first career touchdown on a 12-yard throws from JaMarcus Russell vs. Mississippi State … Had three catches for 52 yards and a 15-yard score vs. Florida … Followed with a season-high 86 yards on five receptions in the Troy clash.

Injury Report

2003: Bothered with a hamstring strain most of his senior year of high school.

2005: Sat out the Peach Bowl vs. Miami (12/30) after leaving in the first half of the SEC title game vs. Georgia (12/03) with a right ankle sprain.

2007: Suffered a groin pull and tear on Sept. 14 in practice, sitting out the Middle Tennessee (9/15), South Carolina (9/22), Tulane (9/29) and Florida (10/06) games. Saw action for the final play vs. Kentucky (10/13) upon his return.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.56 in the 40-yard dash … 365-pound bench press … 330-pound power clean … 33.5-inch vertical jump … 30 3/4-inch arm length … 8 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … 20/28 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended St. Martinville Senior (La.) High School, playing football for head coach Carroll Delahoussaye … Regarded as the best wide receiver in the country and the top prospect in the state of Louisiana by College Football News as a senior … Earned All-American first-team honors from Parade Magazine and was a second-team pick by USA Today … Member of Fox Sports Network's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" first-team, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue Chip List … Added first-team Class 4A All-State recognition and was an honorable mention academic All-State selection … Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Showed tremendous versatility, playing quarterback, wide receiver, running back, and handled return duties … Closed out his career with 7,104 all-purpose yards and 79 touchdowns, including running for 3,592 yards on 470 carries and 52 touchdowns … As a senior, he rushed for 850 yards and passed for over 750 yards, despite suffering from a nagging hamstring injury … Accounted for 30 touchdowns that season … Became the first player in 31 years to start every game as a freshman … Was a member of four postseason teams, including a state semifinal berth as a freshman and junior … A standout basketball player, he played a pivotal role in helping the Tigers win the Class 4A State Basketball Championship as a sophomore.

Personal

Sports Studies major … One of six children (has five sisters) of Caroline Durand and Early Doucet, Jr … Born Early Joseph Doucet, III on 10/28/85 in New Iberia, Louisiana … Resides in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

 
 

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