Hogan, a lacrosse player at Penn State who saw the collegiate football field for only one season at FCS Monmouth University, had drawn rave reviews from teammates and coaches alike during Dolphins training camp this summer.
He caught the attention of a handful of NFL scouts after a stunning showing at Fordham's Pro Day on March 8 of last year.
The extremely raw but athletically gifted 23-year-old ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash and had 28 repetitions on the bench press.
However, Hogan didn't hear his name called during the 2011 draft and was signed to Miami's practice squad in December. He didn't appear in a regular season game last season, but with a full offseason to prepare, he's shined in training camp.
In the latest edition of HBO's Hard Knocks, a full segment was dedicated to the origin of Hogan's nickname, his innate knack for getting open and pure route running.
The show featured in-depth highlights of the team's preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and mentioned Hogan's one grab for four yards. It also touched on one play in which Hogan was wide open down the field, but rookie quarterback Pat Devlin blatantly failed to see the receiver.
The Dolphins' receiving corp is one of the more obscure, unrecognizable and relatively unproven groups in the league, with nearly every wideout fighting for a spot on the final 53-man roster.
Hogan's still a long shot and might end up back on the practice squad, but it's far too early to count out the former Monmouth wideout and Penn State lacrosse player just yet.
He could be catching passes in meaningful games in 2012.
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