Former Seminoles star Dawsey joins Bowden at FSU

Updated: January 5, 2007, 5:34 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden hired former Seminoles star Lawrence Dawsey as his new receivers coach Friday.

Dawsey replaces Jeff Bowden, who handled receivers along with his responsibilities as offensive coordinator. The younger Bowden resigned in November under pressure from the school's boosters.

The 39-year-old Dawsey won first-team All-America honors from The Associated Press in 1990 when he caught 65 passes for 999 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranks among the school's top 10 in career catches, receiving yards and touchdown catches.

"Lawrence was a great football player for us at Florida State, but he was equally important to our program because of his leadership skills and his work ethic," Bowden said in a statement.

Dawsey, who spent most of his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was a graduate assistant at LSU in 2003 when the Tigers won the national championship. He's spent the past three seasons coaching wide receivers at South Florida.

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