#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team East Varsity WR Douglas set for next level

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com Ontario Prospect Challenge on the April 29th weekend at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to the OPC, CFC will preview the teams and the players participating in the big event.

What makes a football player great is the determination to never settle and to always improve and it is Alex Douglas’s hard work ethic that has earned him a second run with Team East Varsity.

Douglas is not new to the Ontario Prospect Challenge and he is taking the opportunity to better himself. “I chose to play in the OPC to compete and test myself against the best players in the province,” he said.

“The highlight of the OPC thus far has been meeting all the players I have been playing against from a young age, coming together and competing to get better every rep,” he added.

Douglas has only been a member of one club, the Cornwall Wildcats (National Capital Amateur Football Association). He has played there for ten seasons and played three seasons with the Wildcats in the Ontario Varsity Football League.

The young football player, who stands at 6’2, 185 pounds, plays as a wide receiver with the Wildcats and will be playing as one in the OPC. “What I enjoy about playing receiver is how the player must have multiple traits in order to be successful, both physical and mental,” he said.

“It’s a challenging position to play for the fact that we are lined up against some of the quickest players on the field, however competing with them at every snap,” he added.

As a fellow wide receiver, Douglas draws inspiration from Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots. “He is one of the hardest working receivers in the NFL and has always been the underdog, yet out players a majority of the players in the league because of his work ethic,” Douglas said.

This year’s OPC takes place at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton and Douglas said playing in the stadium will be great experience. He added that he is very excited for the opportunity.

Playing on a big stage may create a pressure-filled game, however Douglas has an idea as to how he will counter that. “I will try to not let that get to my head and just play the game I love and play confident,” he said.

Douglas has already signed his Letter of Intent with the University of Ottawa. He will now have the opportunity to play with the Ottawa Gee-Gees football team. This will help further his goals as he said, “My goal is to compete at the collegiate level in the CIS and become a team player with an input on the win.”

He added that, “I have one goal in football and it is to get better on the field, in the weight room and in the film room.”

Douglas’s singular goal ties nicely into a team’s philosophy, which he said, “A team has one goal and one gaol only, get the W.”

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