Douglas, USA Capture IFAF World Title
July 19, 2015

  • 2015 IFAF World Championship Gold Medal Game

    CANTON, Ohio - Former Boise State cornerback/kick returner Bryan Douglas and the USA Football National Team routed Japan, 59-12, in the Gold Medal Game Saturday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio to capture the 2015 IFAF World Championship.

    It is the third-straight title for the United States, which went 4-0 at the event. The U.S. has now come out on top in each of the three quadrennial events in which it has entered (2007, 2011, 2015).

    Douglas, who completed his four-year Boise State playing career in 2014, was the U.S. side's top kick and punt returner and contributed in the defensive backfield. The speedy returner, who is the last Bronco to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown (vs. San Diego State, Nov. 23, 2013), led the U.S. with an average of 13.7 yards per punt return (151 yards on 11 returns) as well as a kick-return average of 27.4 yards (137 yards on five returns). Defensively, Douglas made 5.5 tackles (five solo) with a sack for a loss of 10 yards as well as breaking up a pass.

    Douglas concluded his Boise State career in 2014, appearing in nine games, starting one, and making eight tackles (four solo). He also contributed on special teams, returning 13 kickoffs for an average of 20.6 yards per return.

    Over his four-year career Douglas intercepted four passes and made 72 tackles over 37 games. He averaged 25.5 yards over 28 kickoff returns, highlighted by a 100-yard return for a touchdown against San Diego State on Nov. 23, 2013, one of just four 100-yard kickoff returns in school history. The 2013 would be the best of his time with the Broncos, as Douglas intercepted four passes, broke up nine passes, made 35 tackles and averaged 30.4 yards over 13 kickoff returns.

    The U.S. national team was guided by former Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins. During his five seasons at the Bronco helm, Hawkins went 53-11, winning four WAC titles and a pair of bowl titles (2002 Humanitarian Bowl, 2003 PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl). Hawkins also led the Broncos to final top-25 national rankings in 2002 (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today/No. 15 AP), 2003 (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today/No. 16 AP) and 2004 (No. 12 AP/No. 13 ESPN/USA Today).

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