Position: Tight End
Hometown: Allison Park, Pa.
Regarded as one of the best blocking tight ends in college football, Dugan was a major reason for the success of the Terps' running attack in recent years, relishing his role clearing the way for the ground game … Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman, answering the opening gun in 46 of 49 contests … Finished his career with 55 receptions for 649 yards (11.8 avg) and three touchdowns … Registered 311 key blocks/knockdowns, including 37 touchdown-resulting blocks, adding four tackles and a fumble recovery.
Positives: Big, physical blocker with a thick, defined chest, long arms and strong legs … Shows top effort in his play, getting off the snap quickly to gain position on the defender … Has good short-area acceleration and shows strength to power through the jam to easily get into his routes … Will not hesitate while competing for the pass in traffic and times his leaps well to get to the ball at its highest point … Plants and gets upfield to make the underneath passes, settling in nicely to make the catch … Physical blocker who shows tenacity and strength upon contact to control, sustain and finish … Takes proper blocking angles to neutralize the linebackers in the second level … Quick to reach his block point and stays under control by adjusting and mirroring the defender's stunts and moves … Displays good tempo and effort throughout his performance and takes well to hard coaching.
Negatives: Needs to refine his route running speed, as he tends to gather before cutting … More quick than fast, lacking the burst needed out of his cuts to separate (compensates with his good leg drive to gain yardage after the catch) … Little stiff in his hips (shows when trying to make twisting moves to adjust to the ball in flight, but will time his leaps to get to the ball at the high point) … Does not have the second gear needed to stretch the field, but uses his power to break arm tackles … Must widen his leg base when moving upfield to prevent from falling off after the initial hit … Does not always compete from snap to whistle (makes a big play and then takes several off).
Timed at 4.81 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … 540-pound squat.
Attended Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) High, where he was rated the top tight-end prospect in the state, according to recruiting analyst Tom Lemming (Prep Football Report,) … Caught 20 passes in 1998 for 225 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, adding 11 catches for 210 yards as a junior … Also played defensive end where he had 57 tackles, six sacks, four forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries as a senior … Collected 98 tackles with seven stops behind the line of scrimmage and three sacks as a junior … First-team all-league defensive end and a second-team all-league tight end as a junior and senior … Two-year starter and the team captain as a senior … Also participated in track as an outstanding shot putter.
Business and Finance major … Son of Kathy and Pat Dugan … Born Jeffrey Steven Dugan on April 8, 1981 … Resides in Allison Park, Pa.
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