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Carter completes FSU's revamp of offensive staff

The new running backs coach lands his first coaching job.

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published January 17, 2007


Former Florida State star tailback Dexter Carter hasn't coached before, but he learned from some pretty successful guys, including George Seifert of the San Francisco 49ers, and, of course, his college coach, Bobby Bowden.

Carter now will look to take what he has been taught and pass it along as the running backs coach at his alma mater.

Bowden announced his hiring Tuesday, completing a massive overhaul of his offensive staff that has produced a younger, more diverse group with deep ties to the program. Carter and new receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey, once FSU teammates, are both 39 and African-American. Odell Haggins had been the lone minority full-time coach the past two years.

"Dexter has the knowledge and personality we were looking for to work with our offense," Bowden said in a statement. "He brings NFL experience and he knows what we are looking for in our program."

Carter, who helped elevate the Seminoles into a Top-5 team during his career 1986-89 was a first-round pick of the 49ers. He played seven seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl ring.

"Coming back as a coach at FSU is something that I thought about maybe 10 years ago, but I never thought that things would fall just right," said Carter, who will earn $130,000 in base pay. "It just worked out perfectly for me to be able to come back and I can't wait to get started."

Bowden still needs to hire a linebackers coach to replace Kevin Steele, who became Alabama's defensive coordinator.

Brian Landman can be reached at landman@sptimes.com or at (813) 226-3347.