Ragone Named Ivy League Rookie of theWeek

Ivy League Award Winners

PHILADELPHIA – For the second consecutive week, a member of the University of Pennsylvania football team has received Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. After giving the title to running back Lyle Marsh last week, the league office announced freshman quarterback Billy Ragone as this week’s recipient of the award on Monday afternoon.

With opening-day starting quarterback Keiffer Garton still ailing, Ragone split time behind center with senior Kyle Olson and played a key role in the Quaker’s running game, which amassed almost 300 yards on the ground Saturday at Dartmouth. The rookie ran the ball nine times for a total of 62 yards, averaging a stellar 6.9 yards per touch in the 30-24 road win. He also finished the day with a perfect pass-completion percentage, connecting with a Penn receiver on all three of his passes on his way to accumulating 17 yards through the air.

Most of the freshman quarterback’s damage was done in the first quarter of the Ivy League battle. On the Quakers' fourth play from scrimmage, Ragone ran the ball for a 33-yard gain - his first carry of the game. During Penn’s second drive of the afternoon, he contributed 15 rushing yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run to give Penn its first offensive score of the game and a 14-3 lead over the Big Green. Overall, Ragone was part of three of Penn’s scoring drives.

Three Quakers earned Ivy League honor roll accolades this week for their efforts in Saturday's win - Bradford Blackmon, Lyle Marsh and Jonathan Moore.

The Quakers will return home to Franklin Field on Saturday to take on Bucknell before continuing their Ivy League portion of the 2009 schedule.