January 17, 2012
Folsom receiver Doug Vernon off to Cornell University and the Ivy League

By Joe Davidson

Quarterbacks and receivers tend to fly off the shelf at Folsom High School when it comes to college football shopping.

Doug Vernon is the next bargain.

The Bulldogs' 6-foot-4, 195-pound receiver is headed to Cornell University of the Ivy League, proof that not only is the senior a terrific talent in shoulder pads, he's a remarkable student.

Vernon caught 52 passes for 721 yards and nine touchdowns for a Bulldogs team that marched back to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title game.

"Doug is just scratching the surface of his football potential," Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. "He's extremely intelligent, has a great work ethic and leadership skills. He's a huge target over the middle and a dominant blocker on the perimeter, and he's fast."

Vernon's quarterback was Tanner Trosin, The Bee's Offensive Player of the Year who set state records for most yards passing in a single season (5,185) and total yards in a single season (6,364). Trosin recently gave a verbal commitment to play for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Another Folsom receiver, Carson McMurtrey, is also bound for Cal Poly, where they will join 2010 state championship teammate Stephen Sippel, a center.
McMurtrey caught 51 passes for 987 yards and eight touchdowns for Folsom despite missing games with injuries. He is also a fine punter.

Also from that 2010 team, NorCal receiving record holder Tyler Trosin earned a scholarship with Oregon State, and quarterback Dano Graves signed with Air Force.
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