Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Safety Bradley McDougald gets message


His wise-guy Jersey delivery might mislead some to believe that Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is capable of talking without first thinking of the impact of his words, such as when he called Bradley McDougald, “as good a player as we have on the team, maybe the best,” after Saturday’s game.

Consider the impact those words had on McDougald before determining whether Weis wanted him to hear them.

“It’s definitely an honor, especially coming from coach Weis,” McDougald said after Wednesday’s practice. “Obviously, when something like that is said, a lot of your teammates around you are looking at you.”

For what? Leadership.

“I tried to tell coaches I wasn’t a vocal leader, but they didn’t want to hear me,” McDougald said. “They told me I’m the safety, and I’m a chirper back there. I have to get the calls in. I have to communicate with different guys, so there is no way I couldn’t be vocal. Then when you have coach giving me compliments the way he did, that kind of adds another inch of leadership to me.”

Weis added responsibility to McDougald by saying what he said, and the senior from Dublin, Ohio, will try harder to live up to expectations because Weis called him out as “maybe the best” player on the team.

Weis knew he didn’t have to worry about the compliment turning McDougald conceited because that’s not the safety’s personality. McDougald knows where the praise starts for his two interceptions.

“Most definitely the credit belongs to what’s going on up front,” McDougald said. “The interception I caught on the sidelines, Keba (Agostinho) forces pressure up the middle, makes the quarterback roll out to my direction. The second one, the quarterback has to get the ball out fast. It was his first throw since he came back into the game. He had some pressure in his face, threw it a little too high, was hit, it was tipped, and I caught it.”

Weis singled out McDougald, and McDougald singled out Agostinho.

“Keba’s definitely a problem for the offensive lineman,” McDougald said. “From spring to camp, he’s just been getting better. He’s bigger, stronger. Keba’s grown immensely, not only body size, but mentally as well. I think Keba’s starting to get his groove.”

He meant as a football player, not a singer of the alma mater. The players earned an “A” for effort but not for performance in enacting their coach’s new postgame orders, to head to the sideline and sing the alma mater to the student section.

“We all can’t sing,” McDougald said. “Nobody can sing. We butchered that. We butchered that song. I’m not going to lie to you.”

As long as Agostinho and friends can apply the pressure and McDougald and mates can capitalize on the mistakes of hurried quarterbacks, nobody will care to grade their singing.


Phil Leister 5 years, 8 months ago

9 sentences written by Keegan. The rest are quotations. A+ for effort Tom!

Matt Kenton 5 years, 8 months ago

Nice article. It actually flowed all the way through without tripping up the reader. Maybe more material by others and less by TK is the formula for success.

hawksquawk 5 years, 8 months ago

I expected to hear more about Bradley Mcdougald's massage...

Dirk Medema 5 years, 8 months ago

Bradley apparently didn't read/understand the expert analysis here at KUSports, which identified the play of the DL as weak and disappointing. Glad that someone noticed. The interception on the far sideline (Patmon?) was also the result of the QB running for his life, and barely excaping a sack - ooops.

texashawk10 5 years, 8 months ago

How can McDougald be so selfish as to give any credit to a DLine that couldn't get any pressure against a Jr. High OLine for his 2 interceptions. McDougald should be kicked off the team for his lack of respect for his own abilities!

KGphoto 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't think it's too late to officially make him a captain, and I think if it was taken to a player vote, it would be a unanimous decision. Honestly I'm a little surprised he wasn't voted captain to begin with.

In fact I would be okay with two captains, Crist and McDougald. But I like four permanent captains. Two offense, two defense. Then the weekly addition.

It's pretty obvious that he's the leader of this defense, and he has been since late last season. He's the most vocal, and he's the biggest playmaker.

Ben Berglund 5 years, 8 months ago

Actually we already have multiple captains. Oppurum is one and Hawkinson too, I think.

KGphoto 5 years, 8 months ago

Yeah. Crist, Hawk, Opurum and a weekly special teamer. I just want to add McDougald.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 8 months ago

I just have this gut feeling like we are going to just explode against Rice, that we will get to see all of our talent playing really well as a unit. Even if this is not the case I believe we will see a lot of sustained drives and much improved on third-down conversions.

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