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Mike Ragone, TE

School: Kansas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Blackwood, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 246 lbs.
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07/10/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Mike Ragone, Kansas, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football's best tight end. Ragone, a 6-foot-4, 262-pound senior from Cherry Hill, N.J., transferred to KU from Notre Dame on April 17. Ragone played five seasons for the Fighting Irish, appearing in 37 games. He recorded 11 catches for 109 yards at Notre Dame, including six receptions for 60 yards in 2009. He missed the entire 2008 season with an injury and was lost for all but one game in 2011. Ragone was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country coming out of high school and the third-best player at any position coming out of New Jersey following his senior year at Camden Catholic High School. He was named the No. 2 tight end in the nation and 33rd-best prospect by CSTV/Tom Lemming and was rated the 55th-best prospect in the nation and No. 2 tight end in his class on the ESPN 150 list. - Kansas football

03/17/2012 - The evolution of the 2012 Notre Dame football roster continued on Friday, as the Fighting Irish saw another familiar face depart from the program. Senior tight end Mike Ragone was eligible for a final season in South Bend after gaining clearance from the NCAA due to earlier injuries. However, due to the amount of young talent and depth at the position, he will spend his final year of eligibility at Kansas under former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. "I'm pretty excited right now," Ragone told the South Bend Tribune. "I want to do big things, now that I have this chance." When Notre Dame All-American tight end Tyler Eifert announced in January that he would return for his senior season, that essentially sealed the fate of Ragone. The Irish not only have Eifert returning, but also talented youngsters in Ben Koyack and Alex Welch. Ragone endured knee injuries during his senior year in high school, as well as in 2008 at Notre Dame. Last season's knee surgery was the third for Ragone in his last seven seasons of football. He becomes the second Irish player to transfer to Kansas. Late last year, Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist announced he too would play a year under Weis after losing his starting job to sophomore Tommy Rees in September. - Tom Davis, The News-Sentinel

03/15/2012 - Tight end Mike Ragone has one more shot at a happy ending. It just won't happen in a blue-and-gold uniform. The NCAA on Thursday granted the Cherry Hill, N.J., product a rare sixth year of eligibility, but Ragone was not invited back to ND after the 2011 season. So he will take advantage of an NCAA rule that allows grad students to transfer without sitting out, based on certain conditions. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, considered the nation's top tight end prospect in the recruiting class of 2007, will be reunited with former ND head coach Charlie Weis at the University of Kansas. "I'm pretty excited right now," Ragone said via cell phone. "I want to do big things, now that I have this chance." KU's No. 1 quarterback is ND transfer Dayne Crist, who parted ways with the Irish in December and is participating in spring drills. Linebacker Anthony McDonald could make it a trio, but his transfer is not yet official. McDonald was a high school teammate of Crist's at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was not invited back for a fifth year to ND. Ragone underwent three reconstructive knee surgeries in 6?? years, the first of which wiped out his senior season at Camden Catholic High School. He missed the 2008 season at ND with another knee injury and all but the first game and a half of the 2011 campaign with the third. The first two surgeries were on the left knee, the third on the right. "The (right) knee feels great now," Ragone said. "I've been working out at home since after the bowl game (Dec. 29). I plan to go to Kansas this summer. - Eric Hansen, The South Bend Tribune

09/16/2011 - Fifth-year senior TE Mike Ragone is out for the year with a knee injury suffered in the opener. "Very disappointed for him," coach Brian Kelly said. "He's been a warrior for us. He's battled through a lot of injuries, loves to play the game, loves competition, and we're really going to miss him. He'll still be around our football team, he'll mentor the younger players." - The Sports Xchange

09/13/2011 - Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone will undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and miss the rest of the season. The school disclosed the news Tuesday. Ragone, known mostly for his blocking ability, was hurt in Saturday night's 35-31 loss to Michigan. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior has one catch for 10 yards this season and 11 for his career for 109 yards. - AP Sports

 
 
Latest News
07/10/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Mike Ragone, Kansas, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football's best tight end. Ragone, a 6-foot-4, 262-pound senior from Cherry Hill, N.J., transferred to KU from Notre Dame on April 17. Ragone played five seasons for the Fighting Irish, appearing in 37 games. He recorded 11 catches for 109 yards at Notre Dame, including six receptions for 60 yards in 2009. He missed the entire 2008 season with an injury and was lost for all but one game in 2011. Ragone was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country coming out of high school and the third-best player at any position coming out of New Jersey following his senior year at Camden Catholic High School. He was named the No. 2 tight end in the nation and 33rd-best prospect by CSTV/Tom Lemming and was rated the 55th-best prospect in the nation and No. 2 tight end in his class on the ESPN 150 list. - Kansas football

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