Kansas Football 2012: Transfer Mike Ragone Named To John Mackey Award Watch List

SOUTH BEND IN - NOVEMBER 13: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish yells at Mike Ragone #83 during a game against the Utah Utes at Notre Dame Stadium on November 13 2010 in South Bend Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Utah 28-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Charlie Weis has made some noise this offseason with his willingness to work with and bring in multiple 5th year transfers to help infuse the Jayhawk program with talent and experience. One position where Kansas is replacing a steady contributor is tight end and the Jayhawks will look to do that with a 5th year Notre Dame transfer in Mike Ragone.

Ragone was a highly rated recruit that signed with Weis at Notre Dame similar to Dayne Crist. During his time with the Irish Ragone has experienced a fair number of injuries which have prevented him from reaching his full potential. With a second opportunity at Kansas, Ragone will look to make the most of his opportunity with the Jayhawks.

Given his pedigree, experience and the second chance, Ragone has been named to the initial watch list for the 2012 John Mackey award honoring the nations top tight end. This is the second year in a row that Kansas has a tight end on the Mackey list with Tim Biere representing the Jayhawks in 2011. Ragone will need to stay healthy and increase his production with Kansas if he hopes to make a legitimate push for the award, but it's nice to see the recognition and helps legitimize the potential of Ragone as a transfer.

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