Drafted: Pick 24 of the 3rd round by Houston
Positives: Has above average body control and playing speed for a player his size... Shows quickness and fluidity in his drop-&-setup...Dependable leader who scans the field well...Understands coverage packages and has an especially quick release on short and intermediate throws...Has good arm strength and shows accuracy and touch on his long tosses...Poised and composed under pressure, with the lateral agility to slide in the pocket...Can move the chains and because of his size, he is very hard to bring down by the initial tackler...Keeps the ball up and on top on his long throws...Carries the ball ear-high and has solid over-the-top mechanics...Finishes his throws with his shoulders squared and his feet firmly set...Makes proper checks at the line of scrimmage...Good team leader who likes to work out in the weight room with his offensive linemen.
Negatives: Too tough and competitive, which causes him to take unnecessary risks with the ball...Has a strong, but not a great left arm, as he makes his receivers work for the ball rather than letting them run through his throws...Works mostly from the shot gun...Ball security problems have resulted in a high amount of fumbles...Forces his passes when under pressure, staring down his primary target too long...While he has adequate arm strength, he needs to throw the ball a little harder, as his passes tend to wobble and is often off-target when throwing on the move or working from underneath the center...Has a higher than usual delivery point, which prevents him from getting great speed behind his release...Needs to lead his receivers better, as he tends to aim at their numbers...Under- throws on most of his deep tosses.
Mobile and physical specimen at quarterback with a linebacker's mentality...Big-game passer with all the physical attributes and savvy to back it up...He is equally comfortable winging the ball deep in a shootout or grinding it out on the ground himself...Completed 685 of 1180 passes (58.1%) for 8564 yards, 74 touchdowns and 29 interceptions...Only Chris Redman (1031 of 1679 passes for 12,541 yards and 84 scores) had better career totals in school history.
Named All-Conference USA First-team and Offensive Player of the Year for the third-straight season (only player in conference history to be named the top offensive player three times in a career)...Completed 237 of 441 passes (53.7%) for 2880 yards, 24 touch- downs and 11 interceptions...Carried 131 times for 248 yards (1.9 avg)...Averaged 240.2 yards per game in total offense...Fumbled the ball nine times.
Kentucky...Turned the ball over on a fumble and interception, but gained 193 yards and a score on 14 of 39 tosses and 47 yards on 13 carries.
Duke...Connected on 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 38-yarder to Donta Spillman and rushed 8 times for 27 yards.
Colorado State...Totaled 294 yards with a score on 22 of 41 passes.
Army...Hit on 15 of 29 tosses for 240 yards and a touchdown, adding 62 yards on 8 runs.
Florida State...Fumbled the ball twice as he completed 15 of 27 throws for 182 yards and a pair of scores, including a 30-yarder to Joshua Tinch...Also ran 21 times for 43 yards.
Memphis...Gained 177 yards with 2 touchdowns on 21 of 31 passes.
Texas Christian...Connected on 18 of 34 attempts for 309 yards and 3 scores, including 15 & 40-yarders to Damien Dorsey.
East Carolina...Threw for five touchdowns as he completed 23 of 32 passes for 352 yards...His five scoring tosses were one shy of the school game-record of six by Chris Redman vs. East Carolina in 1998.
Cincinnati...Had ball security problems, fumbling the ball three times (two resulted in turnovers) as he completed 11 of 31 passes for 91 yards before being pulled from the game.
Southern Mississippi...Again had problems handling the ball, losing it twice on fumbles as he threw for 200 yards and 2 scores on 19 of 37 tries.
Alabama-Birmingham...Lost the ball on a fumble and tossed three interceptions, but did have three scoring throws among his 21 of 33 passes for 207 yards.
Houston...Gained 84 yards on 8 carries and 184 yards on 15 of 29 attempts, including a 57-yard touchdown to Antoine Harris.
Marshall (GMAC Bowl)...Closed out his career with 20 of 45 passes for 193 yards and an 11-yard score to Tiger Jones.
All-American honorable mention by College Football News...All-Conference USA first-team and Offensive Player of the Year...Named MVP of the Liberty Bowl...Set a conference season-record with an interception percentage of 1.83...Completed 231 of 383 passes (60.3%) for 3056 yards, 23 touchdowns and only seven interceptions...Scored three times and gained 66 yards on 92 carries (0.7 avg)...Averaged 260.2 yards per game in total offense...Lost the ball on fumbles three times.
New Mexico State...Opened the season with 18 of 31 passes for 272 yards and 3 scores.
Kentucky...Had another three touchdowns as he connected on 21 of 34 attempts for a season-high 368 yards.
Illinois...Hit on 22 of 39 chances for 309 yards and a score.
Tulane...Completed 19 of 30 tosses for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns and carried 9 times for 56 yards, including a pair of scores, becoming only the eighth player in conference history to account for five touchdowns in a game.
Cincinnati...Amassed 154 yards with a score on 12 of 28 passes before leaving the game with a mild concussion.
East Carolina...Gained 292 yards on 22 of 34 passes and 3 touchdowns.
Texas Christian...Totaled 359 yards with 3 scores on 32 of 50 attempts.
Brigham Young (Liberty Bowl)...Connected on 19 of 28 throws for 228 yards and 3 touch-downs, including a 34-yarder to Deion Branch.
All-Conference USA first-team and Offensive Player of the Year...Completed 216 of 354 passes (61.0%) for 2621 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions...Second on the team with 101 carries for 252 yards (2.5 avg) and six scores...Averaged 261.2 yards per game in total offense...Fumbled the ball eight times.
Kentucky...Totaled 256 yards and 3 touchdowns on 23 of 30 throws.
Grambling State...Hit on 12 of 21 tries for 177 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Alabama-Birmingham...Collected 227 yards and 4 scores on 21 of 29 attempts.
East Carolina...Gained 93 yards and a score on 8 of 17 passes before leaving the game at intermission after throwing three interceptions (also suffered a mild right shoulder sprain).
Tulane...Bounced back to complete 24 of 42 passes for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns, adding 62 yards and a score on 15 carries.
Southern Mississippi...Hit on 25 of 45 attempts for 293 yards and a pair of scores and also had 2 touchdowns rushing.
Army...Gained 290 yards with 3 touchdowns on 22 of 33 passes and 45 yards on 8 runs.
Houston...Carried 13 times for 20 yards and a touchdown while also passing for 216 yards and 2 scores on 13 of 34 tries.
Colorado State (Liberty Bowl)...Hit on 24 of 37 attempts for 321 yards and 2 scores, including a 58-yarder to Damien Dorsey.
Has a history of ankle instability (multiple sprains)...Suffered a right shoulder (subclavious) sprain in the 2000 East Carolina game...Missed most of the 2001 Cincinnati game with a mild concussion.
Campus Agility Tests
4.85 in the 40-yard dash...30.5-inch vertical jump...485-pound bench press...355-pound squat...308-pound power clean...31 1/4-inch arm length...10 1/8-inch hands...Left-handed...25/40 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
Attended St. Ignatius (Middleburg Heights, Oh.) High...First-team Division I All-State pick and named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Dream Team...Guided the Wildcats to a 11-2 record and a state semifinal berth, losing only to USA Today national high school champion Canton McKinley...Threw for 2827 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior, as he completed 185 of 332 passes, throwing just seven interceptions...Fifth consecutive Wildcat QB to earn a Division I scholarship...Standout in basketball as well, leading St. Ignatius to a state runner-up finish.
Marketing major...Son of Frank and Aurelia Ragone...Born 10/03/79...Resides in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
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