April 11, 2012
Getting to Know: Karim Zoungrana
While everyone has pointed out the negatives of having so many members of the football team out this Spring, some new faces had the opportunity to shine. One of those new faces lined up at receiver and caught our balls for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. One member of the media was heard remarking on the phone, "Watch out for this Zoungrana kid."
Karim Zoungrana, a 6'0" native of Quebec, enrolled for the second semester of this year to start practicing with the team as soon as he could. "I came really early because I wanted to be a part of spring ball and get better sooner. I'm glad I came early," Zoungrana said. The loss of Colin Larmond Jr., before the final scrimmage and Spiffy Evans, during the scrimmage itself, forced Zoungrana into an expanded role as an outside receiver.
Most players have to worry about the transition from high school football to the NCAA D1 level but Zoungrana had an extra wrinkle thrown in with his transition coming from the Great White North. "The biggest thing I have to work on is going 100 on every play in practice," the freshman wideout said.
As many have alluded to, the new offense features a heavier emphasis on going more vertical and Zoungrana expects this will benefit him in the coming years. "I heard this offense is fast paced. We like it. As you saw during the scrimmage, we have a lot of big plays and a lot of big plays. I'm looking forward to it," he said. Both of Zoungrana's touchdowns came on strikes down the sideline thrown by Josh Bordner against the second team defense.
To show that beauty truly does lie in the eye of the beholder, while many have talked about the lack of attendance at the Jay McGillis Spring game, Zoungrana noted that he had never played for a crowd of that size. He will always remember his first two trips into the endzone at Alumni Stadium, even though they came in a scrimmage.
With a fully healthy receiving corps, things could look differently when the first game of the year against Miami rolls around but Zoungrana wants to only focus on getting better. "I came in here not expecting anything but the older guys have all helped me out. Watching Alex Amidon has helped a lot," he said. Fans may not see much of Karim Zoungrana next season but they should not be surprised if they start hearing his name around BC football before too long.
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