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    Rams take Dante Ridgeway (WR, Ball State) in the Sixth Round

    Who is Dante Ridgeway? ... One of the most fun aspects about college football is when players come from out of nowhere to turn into superstars. As a freshman, Ball State WR Dante Ridgeway showed flashes of greatness and the potential to be a strong player, but there was no way to see what would be coming.

    Ridgeway finished second in the MAC and fourth in the nation in receptions per game averaging 7.42 each time during an 89-catch, 1,075-yard, ten touchdown season. No offense to Talmadge Hill and Andy Roesch, but Ridgeway did this without having an elite college quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger or Josh Harris throwing to him like other top MAC receivers did.

    Now things are different going into the 2004 season as Ball State's receiving corps has gone from decent to fantastic with Ridgeway leading the way so other excellent prospects like Larry Bostic, Ryan Hahaj and Bryan Williamson can shine. The numbers might necessarily be there with uncertainty at quarterback, but that doesn't mean this won't still be among the best unsung corps in the country. It all revolves around Ridgeway who won't just be the leading receiver, he'll be the focal point of the offense.
    "Dante is a quality receiver who brings a lot to our offense," said head coach Brady Hoke. "He is constantly working on improving his game and will only get better with more and more experience."

    Ridgeway's best game so far was ... in the 27-14 win over Central Michigan last year. In fact, he has owned the Chippewas over the last two years catching ten passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 win in 2002 before his ten-catch, 103-yard, three touchdown day last year. Quick math: that's 20 catches for 260 yards and five touchdowns in two games.

    Why you should care about Dante Ridgeway ... Ball State has been mired in mediocrity for the past several years. With new head coach Brady Hoke and a strong recruiting class on the way, things are looking up for the program. If things start to take a dramatically positive turn this year, Ridgeway will be the signature star and one of the best players in the MAC. As is, he's one of the most reliable receivers in the country and will be the focus of every opposing defense's game plan.

    Positives about Ridgeway ... According to Coach Hoke, "He has great hands and a toughness about him that is extremely important." He's as consistent as any receiver in the country with a flair for the big play and can be the offense all on his own if need be. He's a proven player who appears to be getting better and better with the more he's working on his game. He can also return kicks.

    Negatives about Ridgeway ... While he was still a top pass catcher and gained a ton of yards, he wasn't much of a touchdown maker over the second half of last year. He caught eight touchdown passes over the five five games and just two over the final seven. He had his three worst games of last year against the 2003's MAC superpowers, Miami, Northern Illinois and Bowling Green.

    A cool thing about Ridgeway that you probably didn't know ... He was named on a list of 100 African American Role Models.

    Career statistics
    2003: 89 catches for 1,075 yards and ten touchdowns, one carry for eight yards and a touchdown
    2002: 44 catches for 556 yards and four touchdowns

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    Dante Ridgeway

    Height: 5-111/8
    Weight: 212
    40-Yard: 4.58

    College: Ball St.
    Position: Wide Receiver
    Class: Junior

    Strengths: Was extremely productive...Runs good routes...Has a knack for getting open...Has a solid build and knows how to use his body...Hands are solid...Very reliable...A playmaker who scored 22 touchdowns over three seasons.

    Weaknesses: Does not have tremendous height...Speed is only average at best and he will need to run well in workouts...Could develop into a solid posession receiver in the pros but will likely never be a star.

    Notes: In 2004 led the country in receptions per game (9.55), receiving yards per game (127.18) and was second in total receiving yards (1,399)...Was one of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award...Selected to The Associated Press All-America Second Team in 2004.
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    Re: Rams take Dante Ridgeway (WR, Ball State) in the Sixth Round

    The question is, can he return kicks?
    JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS


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    Re: Rams take Dante Ridgeway (WR, Ball State) in the Sixth Round

    If this kid has a good camp, mike furrey might be gone.

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    Re: Rams take Dante Ridgeway (WR, Ball State) in the Sixth Round

    I like the looks of this guy. I think he'll be a good one.

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