"Danger Dan" or "The Rabbit" was a former all-state receiver in Georgia, where he excelled in football, basketball, and track at Avondale High. The three-year letterman in track for Coach Stan Romanoski also held nearly every WVU sprint record until 1992 Olympian James Jett surpassed his times. He once clocked a 9.55 100-yard dash in tennis shoes without warming up. In fact, Buggs so impressed the track community from the outset of his career, he was erroneously named the winner of the 1973 Ray McCoy Award as the West Virginia track athlete of the year for the year of 1972. Two weeks after the honor had been announced, pollsters discovered that Buggs' and WVU's indoor track season did not start until January, 1973, and they had to reissue another ballot, this time without Buggs' name on it. He was a shoo-in winner of the Ray McCoy Award in 1974.

His best performances at WVU would include a 5.4 50-yard dash, a 6.0 60-yard dash, 30.3 300-yard dash. Also, he was a member of two relay teams the 440- and 880-yard relays that set a WVU record with a time of 3:19.5 in the 440-yard relay. Awards include the 1972 ECAC Sophomore of the Year and the 1972 Sporting News Co-Rookie of the Year.

Courtesy WVU Sports Hall of Fame and Department of Athletics