Q&A with Ron Dugans

Read on to see what wide receivers coach Ron Dugans was saying about his group following Tuesday's practice.

Ron Dugans, Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach

On who has stood out at the start of spring practices…
“Probably [redshirt junior wide receiver] Darrell Langham, I think he has shown some improvement. He has done a good job. The thing he is doing a better job of is playing with his big body, using that as a strength. That is helping him, he’s improved. He is probably the guy that stands out the most. [Sophomore wide receiver Dionte] Mullins is improving. The thing with him is that he just needs to be consistent. That is what I look for in him. At one minute, first play I am like ‘oooh, we got a guy,’ and the the next play he is tired. So just learning how to play with fatigue, learning to be disciplined on every play; finishing routes, finishing blocks. And that is the biggest thing, just teaching him that if you go in the first group you have to be a guy who finishes everything and does everything right.”

On Dionte Mullins and what he sees in him…
“His quickness at the line of scrimmage. I think he is a ball fetcher, he does a good job of watching the ball into his tuck. And he is a kid who makes a lot of contested catches. When the ball is in his area he is one that has a chance to go up and snatch one that you think that he is probably going to have a chance to catch it. So, he has done a really good job of catching the football and getting open.”

On wanting sophomore wide receiver Ahmmon Richards to become the vocal leader…
“I do. But the first thing I told Ahmmon was that the honeymoon is over. Last year is last year. Now you have to focus on you, getting you better to get ready for a new year because now you are a target. It is not a surprise to people that you are going to come out and make some plays. So I asked him to take care of that first and then try and come out. He is more of a kid that is going to lead by example. The way he practices, he always practices hard. We just have to keep him healthy. And that rubs off different guys, seeing him practice hard. I videotaped some of the drills and I see how hard he works. As far as the vocal part of it, he talks about doing it. I don’t want to make guys do it, but he is gradually getting to that point.”

On redshirt junior wide receiver Dayall Harris…
“Kind of have moved him around a little bit. Tried him out a little bit in the slot, to see what he can do. He has done some good thing for us. He hasn’t been targeted a lot. But you see him more, like I saw Saturday’s practice, he did a really good job of blocking on the perimeter. And that is what I want to see out of him. Blocking on the perimeter, being consistent catching the football. He has done that. He still has some improving to do.” 


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