Troy Christian’s Seth Douglas signs with Urbana University


Photo by Lee Woolery | Speedshot Photo Troy Christian lineman Seth Douglas (77) recently signed his national letter of intent to play football at Urbana University.

By David Fong

TROY — Seth Douglas may be a man without a position — for the time
being, at least — but he’s certainly not a man without a home.

Douglas — a Troy Christian senior who could end up at offensive guard
or defensive tackle in college — recently signed his national letter of
intent to play football at Urbana University next season. He said he
fell in love with Urbana because it felt a lot like Troy Christian.

In other words, it felt like home.

“I really liked the atmosphere there,” Douglas said. “I liked the
coaches and I liked the players. It really felt like home up there.
Plus, it’s not far from here, so the Troy Christian supporters can still
come watch me play and I’ll be able to come back and on Friday nights
to watch them play. I loved being a part of Troy Christian. I remember
being able to look up in the stands on Friday nights and see my family
and friends supporting us.”

Douglas’ versatility could help make him feel even more at home once
he gets to Urbana. A 6-foot, 290-pound road grader, Douglas excelled at
both offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Eagles. So good was he
at both positions that he was named Division VII second-team All-Ohio
as an offensive lineman as a senior, while earning third-team All-Ohio
honors as a defensive lineman his junior year.

“They said they are bringing me in as a defensive lineman, but I
could end up switching and playing offensive line,” Douglas said. “I
prefer defensive line. It’s more being in the mix in the middle of
combat. And making tackles is probably the most fun thing you can do in
football. But I’ll do whatever they need me to do.”

Troy Christian coach Ryan Jones said Douglas is more than capable of excelling at either position for the Blue Knights.

“I really think he could play either, depending on Urbana’s needs,”
Jones aid. “I think he could be a very good defensive lineman because of
his high football IQ and his ability to read offenses and get the right
front set. I also think he could be great pulling lineman for them like
he was for us. He’s a great run blocker. I think he could play either
and will end up wherever he’s better suited at Urbana.”

At Urbana, an NCAA Division II program, Douglas will play for head coach Tyler Haines, a Piqua High School graduate.

“I looked at a couple of different schools, but Urbana really felt
like home for me,” Douglas said. “That’s where I felt most comfortable. I
wanted to be able to play close to home.”

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