(Editor’s note: This article is part of the preview for Pigskin 2022, which will appear in the print edition of the Post Bulletin on Saturday, September 3. A PDF version of Pigskin will be available on PostBulletin.com on Thursday, September 1. )
Rochester Community and Technical College nose tackle Johnathan Douglas is a big guy. But even he knew he was a little too big in his first season a year ago.
The 6-foot-2 Douglas anchored the RCTC defensive line last season when he weighed nearly 400 pounds. Over the past offseason, he has made it his goal to be in better shape. He wanted to lose weight and lose about 50 pounds. He is currently at 360 and he hopes to lose a little more weight before the season opener.
“It’s more of a conditioning thing,” he says. “I want to be able to play more snaps but be more efficient. So even if I’m tired, I’ll be able to perform.
Douglas is a 2020 graduate of McDonough High School in Georgia. He then took a year off from football as he considered playing college ball. During this time he added an additional 50 pounds.
“It was a bad weight,” he admitted.
Douglas really enjoys his mother and grandmother’s southern home cooking, but he knew he had to make adjustments in his diet to help lose weight.
“I followed a set meal plan and just stuck to it and worked out continuously,” he said.
He hopes the weight loss will help him with his lateral movement down the line, get a better burst from the snap and have a greater ability to rush the setter. He also worked hard in the weight room to increase his strength.
“My goal is to dominate my spread,” he said. “I want the other team to put me in the scouting report and say ‘We don’t want to run to this guy here.’ This is why I want to lose weight, I become more dominant and more efficient in my gap.
Douglas is a nose tackle who often lines up center. The Yellowjackets vary their base defense by using four, five, or even three linemen up front, with four being the most common.
Last season, Douglas was constantly on the double team and he expects the same in the 2022 season.
“I would say it’s a sign of respect for me because I feel like you believe a guy can’t do the job,” he said. “So with me taking two people, that should free up someone else on the defensive line to make that play.”
Having to fend off several blockers, Douglas has to do a lot of the dirty work along the line of scrimmage. His stats may not show a high number of tackles, but his coaches and teammates realize his value and often point to his effectiveness.
“He’s a really big impact guy on the defensive side of the ball,” RCTC first-year coach Terrance Isaac Sr said. “He commands a double team every time and plays extremely hard on every snap. .”
Heading into the season, Douglas likes the look of the RCTC defense and says the unit should have better depth than a year ago. Last season, the defense had its ups and downs as the RCTC allowed between 29 and 34 points in four of its eight games.
faith, community, football
Georgia is a long way to go to play junior varsity football, but Douglas hasn’t had much contact with varsity coaches over the course of COVID 2020, and he wasn’t sure he’d get the chance. to play. But after a season off, he was recruited to come to the RCTC by former coach Derrick Hintz.
“It’s never been the distance, it’s just that I’m comfortable with the coaching staff and I believe in it,” he said.
Douglas, 20, is adjusting well to the new coaching staff and their message that life is more than football.
“We know football is not forever, so they are focusing on our life outside of football so that we are not lost when football is over,” Douglas said. “And I really like that.”
Outside of football, Douglas wants to improve his cooking skills so he can one day cook elite soul food. He is also very denominational and does a lot of volunteer work in the community. He volunteers his time to Project Legacy, which serves and supports youth and young adults who may be facing poverty, addiction, homelessness or abuse.
“I really love giving back to the community,” Douglas said. “I was raised in the church, so it’s not just about affecting me and the people close to me, but the people around me to improve the community.”
Since having to adjust to being away from home, Douglas can relate to some of his peers whom he tries to help.
“He’s a great person and an even better person than he is a player,” Isaac Sr. said.
Now that he’s taken a liking to college football, Douglas wants to play in a four-year-old school. He hopes to win a scholarship and land in a college that can help him achieve his ultimate goal.
“I’m looking for a place to go that can develop me because my dream is to go to the NFL and have a successful career,” he said.
Pigskin Preview ’22 stories on PostBulletin.com this week:
monday august 29
• 6 a.m. – Noah Borgeson of Rochester, Brent Robley of Caledonia a dangerous connection to St. Thomas.
• 9:30 a.m. — RCTC’s Johnathan Douglas, player profile.
• Midday – Southeast Minnesota’s ‘Dangerous Dozen’: 12 high school players to watch this fall
• 2:30 p.m. – Mark your calendars: a game to circle on the schedule of each team in Southeast Minnesota.
Tuesday August 30
• 6 a.m. – Section 1 9-Man Season Preview
• 8:30 am – Section 1AAAAA season preview
• 10:45 a.m. – Section 1AAA Season Preview
• 12:30 p.m. – Section 1A Season Preview
• 2:45 p.m. – Section 1AAAA Season Preview
• 7 p.m. — Season overview Section 1AA/2AA
Wednesday August 31
• 6 a.m. – Player Profile: Fillmore Central running back Bryce Corson
• 8:30 am — Player Profile: Rochester lineman Mayo Ethan Kramer
• 11 a.m. — Player Profile: Goodhue WR Adam Poncelet
• 1 p.m. — Player Profile: Stewartville lineman Peyton Byrne
• 3 p.m. — Player Profile: Kasson-Mantorville lineman Reese Tripp
Thursday, September 1
• 6 a.m. — Player Profile: Kingsland tight end Mason Kolling
• 9 am — Player Profile: Chatfield defensive back Drew Schindler
• Midday – New-look Minnesota Vikings offense hopes to be top-flight
• 1:30 p.m. – Minnesota Vikings defense gets much-needed shakeup