FSU Hires New GA

Ron Dugans, a wide receiver for the Florida State football team from 1995-99, has been hired by his alma mater as the graduate assistant coach for the offense. After five years in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans, Dugans, spent last year as a G.A. with FSU's strength and conditioning staff. He played on Florida State' 1999 national championship team where he was the starting receiver opposite Peter Warrick.

"We are excited to bring Ron Dugans on as a full-time graduate assistant coach," said offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden. "He's very familiar with our program, our system and our standards. He will work primarily with the wide receivers and help out in recruiting locally. He played in three national championship games and then got some great experience in the NFL so we feel like he is a perfect fit."

Dugans, 28, grew up in Tallahassee and attended nearby FAMU High School before signing with Florida State in 1995. He played as a true freshman in 1995 and in 1996, took a medical redshirt in 1997, and returned to action as a starter at wide receiver in 1998 and 1999. Dugans finished his career with 105 catches for 1,520 yards and seven touchdowns. Those totals don't include two of his most outstanding performances as a Seminole. He caught six passes for 135 yards in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl as a junior and had five receptions for 99 yards with two touchdowns in the 2000 Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech as a senior.

"This is a great opportunity for me," said Dugans. "I am back home in Tallahassee with the chance to do something I've always wanted to do and that's get into coaching. In addition to coaching at a great program like Florida State, I will be able to continue to work toward getting my master's degree."

After his career at Florida State, Dugans was with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2000-03 and then spent one season with the Houston Texans (2004).

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