Though his football season has been over for more than a month, Douglass lineman Cayman Bundage is still mired in the frustration of not winning a championship in his senior year.
“I just can't stop thinking about not winning the championship,” Bundage said. “That's the main thing that sticks with me right now.”
Bundage did his part in trying to accomplish a second consecutive state title for Douglass. In his senior year, he graded out at 92 percent as the most reliable blocker in the Trojans' run-based offense to earn his spot on The Oklahoman's All-State team.
He made 51 career starts on the offensive line with a grade of 91 percent. Over his career, Douglass averaged 326 rushing yards per game.
Defensively, he had 98 tackles, eight sacks and 21 quarterback hurries as a senior, bringing his career totals to 277 tackles, 16 sacks and 55 hurries.
Bundage slimmed down from 295 pounds to about 270 from his junior season to this year, and it helped him climb up the recruiting charts to become one of the state's most sought-after linemen.
He committed to Arizona in the summer, but after the firing of coach Mike Stoops, he began to wonder if it was still the place for him.
However, a trip to the campus and a meeting with new coach Rich Rodriguez gave him all the information he needed to reaffirm his decision to stick with the Wildcats.
“You can tell he's a good coach from his record,” Bundage said. “Then when I met him, he's a people person. We bonded real well and that was a plus.”
Bundage was considering other options until his trip to Tucson, Ariz., in early December.
“There were some questions I had, and I got them answered,” said Bundage, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound interior lineman. “The O-line coach (Robert Anae) stayed on the staff, so I'll still be playing for the same line coach.
“I think we're gonna be good. We're gonna have a productive season, I can tell.”