#83 Mike Ragone
CAREER: One of six fifth-year seniors on scholarship on 2011 Irish roster (Harrison Smith,David Ruffer,Andrew Nuss,Gary Gray and Taylor Deverare the others) … has played in 35 career games, including nine starts … has recorded 10 career receptions for 99 yards, including a career-long reception of 30 yards against Navy in 2009 … talented tight end helps to form one of best tight end combinations in college football when combined with Tyler Eifert … good hands and good speed have helped him at tight end as well as make him valuable contributor on special teams … missed sophomore season while recovering from knee injury suffered during training camp … enters fall practice ready to compete with Eifert for starting tight end spot
2010 (SENIOR): Played in 12 games for the Irish, starting against Tulsa and Utah … did not play in the season opener against Purdue … recorded three receptions for 32 yards … registered catches in three consecutive games (Pittsburgh, Western Michigan and Navy) … recorded an 11-yard reception against the Panthers … snatched a 12-yard pass versus the Broncos … collected a nine-yard pass against the Midshipmen … totaled 183 snaps on offense, the third most of any Irish tight end.
2009 (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 12 games at tight end after returning from season-ending injury in 2008 … started seven contests (did not start against Michigan, Michigan State, USC, Boston College, Navy) … started as primary tight end in final three games and started as second tight end against Nevada, Purdue, Washington and Washington State … ended season with six catches for 60 yards … made first career start against Nevada in the season opener … hauled in first catch of year against Washington State, good for six yards … made incredible hustle play against Cougars to deny them of two points as he chased down Washington State player attempting to return a blocked extra-point attempt … set career high in receiving yards (33 yards on two receptions) against Navy, including career-best 30-yard reception … set career high in receptions against Connecticut, hauling in three passes for 21 yards … totaled 158:45 of playing time and made 101 special-teams appearances.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Did not see any game action … missed the entire season after undergoing surgery to repair torn ACL following training camp practices.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in 11 games as a freshman on special teams and as a reserve tight end (did not play vs. Georgia Tech) … played in every game except for season opener vs. Georgia Tech … made 113 special teams appearances and recorded six tackles on the unit … registered the first catch of his career for seven yards vs. Navy … logged 13:34 of playing time.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but did not play … sat out his senior year recovering from an offseason knee injury … … rated the No. 3 tight end in the country, third-best player in New Jersey and 83rd-best prospect in the nation by Rivals.com … named the No. 2 tight end in the nation and 33rd-best prospect by CSTV/Tom Lemming … also the top heavyweight wrestler in the East … won the 2005 Beast of the East wrestling tournament competing as a heavyweight … rated the 55th-best prospect in the nation and No. 2 tight end in this year[apos]s class on the ESPN 150 list … listed as one of six tight ends on the National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram … named to the Scout.com National 100 list where he was ranked as the second- best tight end in the nation, the fourth-best player in New Jersey and the No. 56 prospect in the country … selected a second-team All-American by Scout.com … rated 36th-best prospect nationally – and No. 2 among tight ends, ninth in the East – on preseason basis for 2006 by Sporting News SchoolSports … one of top five tight ends nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview … named first-team all-South Jersey by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a junior after catching 35 passes for 720 yards and nine touchdowns … six of his TD receptions went for 60 yards or longer, and he also scored on an 80-yard kickoff return … played for coach Ricky Brown at Camden Catholic … his father, Michael, played football at Temple University … born Feb. 18, 1988 … graduated from College of Arts and Letters with as a sociology degree and currently enrolled in graduate studies program.
Ragone[apos]s Career Statistics
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