Former Buffalo Bills player gets head coaching job at KSU


Jalautae Smith, Sports Beat Writer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Felton Huggins Jr. will be Kentucky State University’s new head coach for the football team for the upcoming fall season.  

Huggins, a former professional football player with the Buffalo Bills, was the Offensive Coordinator for McNeese State before accepting the job at Kentucky State.  

“I prepared for this job from the womb”, said Huggins at the press conference Monday Feb. 20.  “Most coaches run away from HBCU’s – I run to them.”  

His motto for the KSU team is G.A.P., which stands for grit, attitude, and preparation. Huggins plans to incorporate an air raid offensive system. A system KSU has seen, but not in recent years. Huggins also plans to incorporate community service. 

Huggins wants to build a true connection between the football team, the campus community and the Frankfort community.   

Athletic Director Ramon Johnson said, “It was a thorough process. We had a lot of candidates, but the thing that stood out about coach Huggins was his energy, his ability to relate to the players and his experience.” 

Huggins was raised around HBCU culture with his family attending Grambling State University. Huggins was raised in Zachary, Louisiana where he played football at Northeastern High School. Huggins remained in Louisiana to play college football at Southeastern Louisiana where he would set single-season records in pass receptions (84), receiving yards (1,313) and receiving touchdowns (13) Per Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame.