Former Knight Douzable Joins the NFL's Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp

GO KNIGHTS Leger Douzable tortured quarterbacks throughout his UCF career.
Leger Douzable tortured quarterbacks throughout his UCF career.

April 30, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - NFL Player Engagement announced that 23 current and former NFL players are set to participate in the new Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp in May. One of those participants will be Leger Douzable, a standout defensive lineman for the UCF football program from 2004-07.

The first edition of the boot camp will take place from May 13-16 at Bowling Green State University's School of Media and Communications and the Sport Management program.

The four-day program will focus on improving each player's writing skills for newspapers, radio and the expanding digital media industry. A field exercise at a Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) home game will include a mock press conference as part of the player's game coverage. Players will write and record their own radio commentary as part of one of the other planned exercises.

Part of the NFL players group joining Douzable will be Charlie Batch, Troy Brown and Eric Crouch. The boot camp is one of a record 10 training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players.

Douzable is the first Knight to take part in an NFL Player Engagement program. He has spent the last five seasons in the NFL, signing an undrafted free-agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings in 2008. Douzable eventually played in 31 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2010-11 before signing with the Tennessee Titans in April 2012 where he was placed on injured reserve last August.

During his college career, the native of Tampa was voted on to the All-Conference USA First Team in UCF's memorable 2007 season when it won the C-USA crown. He led the Knights with 7.5 sacks that year which ranked third in the league. Douzable also was an All-C-USA Second Team selection by the league's coaches in 2006, and ultimately closed out his UCF career with 15 sacks in 49 games with 24 starts.

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