Early Doucet #85 WR
Height: 6-0 Weight: 212 Age: 27
Born: 10/28/1985 New Iberia , LA
Experience: 6th season
High School: St. Martinville HS [LA]
Selected By: Arizona Cardinals
Pick (Overall): 18 (81)
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.