Graduate assistants move up

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- University of Alabama head football coach Dennis Franchione today announced two changes on his graduate assistant staff, involving one current coach and another former All-SEC player.

Joe Dan Rogers, who served last season as a video graduate assistant, will move to an on-the-field position, while former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Paul Hogan will join the staff as video graduate assistant.

Rogers, who will help coach offense, replaces Mike Bloomgren who was recently named offensive line coach at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The ultimate overachiever as an athlete, Hogan built himself into a two-time All-SEC center while at Alabama.

Hogan will move into the spot vacated by Rogers.

"We're excited about these moves," Franchione said. "It is a reward for young coaches to be able to move up through the ranks and I'm confident both will do an outstanding job."

Rogers joined the Tide last year following one season working as NFL pro scout liaison and in recruiting quality control at TCU. He is a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Letters and played defensive back from 1996-98. He was selected to the Dean's Honor Roll from 1996-98 and was also an All Academic Big XII selection.

Hogan, a four-year letterman with the Tide from 1997-2000 was a two-time All-SEC pick at center. He started 37 of his 45 career games, was a two-time Academic All-SEC pick and winner of the Pat Trammell leadership award.

Following graduation from Alabama, Hogan signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Raiders and then spent last season as a volunteer assistant with the Georgia Bulldogs. Hogan then briefly assisted Ben Pollard in the Tide weight room, before being "kicked upstairs" by Coach Franchione.

Hogan is married to the former Jennifer Rouzie, the daughter of former Tide assistant Jeff Rouzie.


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