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2017 Best Football Players in the MAC: #2 Gus Ragland, QB, Miami Ohio

Ragland looks to build off a phenomenal sophomore season

NCAA Football: St. Petersburg Bowl-Miami (Ohio) at Mississippi State Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Billy Bahl and Noah Wezensky started the first six games for the Miami Redhawks last year. That was until Gus Ragland burst onto the scene. The Cincinnati native single handedly led the Redhawks to a bowl game last year. Ragland started his 2016 college career with six straight victories, but unfortunately lost 17-16 to Mississippi State in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Ragland posted unbelievable stats last season. In 2016, the junior threw for 1537 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only one interception. Ragland was very efficient last year, posting a 64.2 completion percentage along with a 166.7 efficiency rating. Ragland’s best game last year came against Kent State. In a 37-17 win, Ragland accumulated 218 yards and four touchdowns. Along with this lights out performance, he posted a 212.0 quarterback rating. Ragland is poised for a big season.

At 6’1” 215 pounds, he is a prototypical quarterback. Ragland will have his top three targets back from last year. Including Miami’s top receiver last year, James Gardner. The junior had 45 receptions for 750 yards and six touchdowns last season. The Redhawks also added three star wide receiver Mitch Lewis from Naperville, Illinois. The 6’5” freshman will add some depth and will be another option in the redzone for Ragland.

Ragland is looking to repeat his success from last season. If Ragland’s brilliances shines once again, the Redhawks will definitely find themselves in a bowl game. Ragland had a great offseason as well. Some hard work, but definitely a little fun as well.