Mobile and physical specimen at quarterback with a cannon for an arm and a linebacker's mentality ... owns a 20-5 record as a starter including an 11-2 mark in conference games while leading Louisville to back-to-back Conference USA titles in his first two years at the helm of the Cardinals' offense ... big-game quarterback with all the physical attributes and savvy to back it up ... equally comfortable winging the ball deep in a shootout or grinding it out on the ground himself ... bidding to become the first three-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year ... candidate for all-America honors who could be in the mix for Heisman Trophy honors ... rated by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and CNNSI.com's Stewart Mandel as the No. 2 overall senior prospect for the 2003 NFL draft ... named the Preseason Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and the nation's No. 4 quarterback by the Sporting News.
2001: Voted Conference USA's top offensive threat for the second consecutive season ... connected on 19-of-28 passes for 228 yards and three scoring strikes to claim Liberty Bowl MVP honors ... with only seven interceptions in 383 passing attempts (1.83), he established a new Conference USA record for
"Make no mistake, this is Dave Ragone's football team -- and football conference. All Ragone has done in the two seasons since he replaced Chris Redman as the U of L quarterback is win a pair of C-USA Offensive Player of the Year awards as well as a pair of league titles. Not bad for a lefthander who grew up in Cleveland and was essentially ignored by Big Ten schools."
-- Athlon Sports
the lowest percentage of interceptions in a season (min. 100 att.) ... led Conference USA in total offense (260.2), completion percentage (60.3), passing touchdowns (23), passing yardage (3,056) and passing efficiency (143.5) ... ranked No. 20 nationally in points responsible for per game (13.67) and No. 21 nationally in passing efficiency (143.50) ... became just the eighth player in league history to account for five touchdowns in a game when he passed for three touchdowns and ran for another two against Tulane (11/3) ... one of only two players to win Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week honors twice ... his 3,056 passing yards ranks No. 6 on the C-USA single season passing list ... 23-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio was by far the best of any quarterback in the conference ... ranked No. 3 in the conference in average passing yardage per game, but was rarely called upon in the fourth quarter as Louisville averaged an 8.3 point lead heading into the final frame ... hooked up with wideout Deion Branch 72 times for 1,188 yards, only 21 short of the C-USA record for single season receiving yards ... notched three 300-yard plus passing games and tossed three touchdowns five times.
2000: The nation's No. 14 passer in terms of quarterback ranking at 142.2 points ... Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-league choice following in the footsteps of `99 honoree Chris Redman ... second nationally in point responsibility, averaging 18.18 ppg ... completed 61 percent of his passes (216 of 354) for 2,621 yards in 2000 ... tossed 27 scores in comparison to just 11 interceptions while averaging 261.2 yards of total offense per game ... 15th in the nation in total offense ... starter in all 12 U of L contests ... three-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week ... owned a 143.2 quarterback rating in league games with 18 TDs ... U of L's second leading rusher with 252 yards on 101 carries ... hit paydirt six times on the ground to tie for the team lead ... completed 20 or more passes in eight of 12 games and had a TD pass in 11 of 12 ... 24 of 37 for 321 yards and two scores at Liberty Bowl ... 23 of 30 for 256 yards and three TDs in debut as a starter versus Kentucky, a 40-34 overtime win ... completed 24 of 44 passes for 207 yards in loss at then No. 2 Florida State ... earned first C-USA Player of the Week award, tossing four TDs to four different receivers in an impressive 38-17 win at UAB ... completed 21 of 29 passes for 227 yards against the Blazers' top 10 ranked defense ... only regular season 300-yard performance came in a come-from-behind win versus Cincinnati when he completed 25 of 31 passes for 326 yards and three TDs ... 24 of 42 for 283 yards and three scores to win league honors in a victory over Tulane ... rushed for a game-high 62 yards and a TD in the win over the Green Wave ... made it back-to-back weeks as C-USA honoree with a 25 of 42, 293-yard performance in an upset win at then-No. 11 Southern Miss ... responsible for four scores versus USM - two rushing, two passing ... accounted for 335 yards of total offense (290 pass, 45 rush) while throwing three TDs versus Army in a 38-17 win ... threw for two and ran for another touchdown as U of L clinched its first conference title since `72 with win at Houston.
1999: Saw limited action, appearing in four games ... completed one of two passes in his initial collegiate campaign ... one of one for seven yards in Homecoming win over Eastern Michigan ... showed ability to run the football with a 31-yard scamper versus Chattanooga.
1998: Did not see game action ... earned Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year honors.
High School: Lefthanded quarterback for one of the nation's top prep programs ... first team Division I all-state performer ... named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Dream Team ... guided Wildcats to a 11-2 record and a state semifinal berth losing only to USA Today national high school champion Canton McKinley ... threw for 2,827 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior ... completed 185 of 332 passes, throwing just seven interceptions ... fifth consecutive Wildcat QB to earn a Division I scholarship ... one of six St. Ignatius players to sign a letter of intent in `98 ... a standout in basketball as well, leading St. Ignatius to a state runner-up finish ... selected U of L over Bowling Green, Pittsburgh and Purdue.
Personal: Marketing major ... born October 3, 1979 ... son of Frank and Aurelia Ragone.