If Chris Dugan proves to be even half as athletic and talented as his predecessor wearing No. 42, Meshak Williams, it will be an impressive surprise. | Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
In which BracketCat counts down the 42nd day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Chris Dugan.
Disclaimer: As the 2020 current football season still is technically set to proceed as planned in Manhattan on Sept. 5, we will continue the Countdown as normal for now.
#42 Chris Dugan
Redshirt Senior | 6-1 | 234 lbs. | Wichita, Kansas
- Position: Defensive End
- Previous College: Butler County Community College
- Projection: Special Teams
- Status: Preferred Walk-On
Christopher Allen Dugan (b. April 3, 1997) is a walk-on linebacker from the community college ranks who played in three games in 2018 — enough to preserve his redshirt and two additional seasons of eligibility — playing exclusively on kickoff coverage.
He made two tackles while covering kicks in his first career game, against Oklahoma State.
Unfortunately, Dugan missed the entire 2019 season due to a season-ending injury in fall camp. With any luck, he will be able to obtain a medical hardship and an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA, which would make 2020 his next-to-last season of playing time.
Prior to coming to K-State, Dugan competed under head coach Tim Schaffner for two seasons at Butler Community College, where he totaled 48 career tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss.
He had a season-high four stops against Air Force Prep and Ellsworth in 2017, while he had 1.5 tackles for loss against Iowa Central, following up on when he carded a career-high five tackles at Iowa Central in 2016, a game that also included a career-best two tackles for loss.
He prepped under head coach Alan Schuckman at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, where he picked up honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and senior from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle.
Dugan helped to lead the Golden Eagles to an undefeated 12-0 season and a state championship in 2014, while Bishop Carroll was the state runner-up in 2015. He was a high school teammate of Noah Johnson and former K-State defensive back Denzel Goolsby.