Lions Preview Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
New faces: Coach Matt Patricia, RB LeGarrette Blount, RB Kerryon Johnson, TE Luke Willson, C Frank Ragnow, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Christian Jones, LB Devon Kennard.
Key losses: Coach Jim Caldwell, TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, LB Tahir Whitehead.
Strengths: Passing game. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 1,000-plus yards to WR Marvin Jones and WR Golden Tate last year and has pass-catching RB Theo Riddick. All-Pro CB Darius Slay among NFL's best in coverage.
Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: Early and late-season slides knocked team out of playoff contention and cost coach Jim Caldwell job. QB Matthew Stafford led pass-dependent offense with 1,000-yard WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. CB Darius Slay emerged as one of league's best in coverage.
As Victoria native Frank Ragnow sat with friends and family on Thursday, the now-former Arkansas offensive lineman heard his name called as the 20th pick in the draft, going to the Detroit Lions.
Ragnow was a three-year starter at center for the Razorbacks, but suffered a high ankle sprain versus Auburn in his senior year. He started the first seven games last season before missing the rest due to the injury.
Whenever Frank Ragnow played football, his father, Jon, stood at attention.
He stood when he arched passes to Frank from the deck of the Ragnow family home in Victoria. He stood on the bleachers when he cheered on his son at Chanhassen High School. And like his father, Frank has stood tall since Jon died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Oct. 1, 2016.
Arkansas’ Ragnow, Hayden out with lower leg injuries
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas got more bad news Monday as standout center Frank Ragnow and stellar freshman running back Chase Hayden are now likely to miss the rest of the season with injuries.
The update from coach Bret Bielema was another blow for a team that has lost three straight games in blowout fashion and seven of its last nine overall.
While it's technically the offseason, football never really ends in the south as passion for the sport is a 24/7, 365 days a year type obsession.
Starting Monday, fans of college football will get their fix as the SEC kicks off media days in Hoover, Alabama.
The 14 members of the Southeastern Conference will be led off by Arkansas' Bret Bielema as the Razorbacks have three seniors in tow with quarterback Austin Allen, offensive lineman Frank Ragnow and defensive back Kevin Richardson II.
Revamped Arkansas line to face difficult test against TCU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Frank Ragnow knew better than most how the Arkansas offensive line was struggling for much of the game against Louisiana Tech a week ago.
That's why the Razorbacks guard was so desperate to convince coach Bret Bielema to give the line a chance to redeem itself by putting the final touch on the narrow win over the Bulldogs.
Matured Allen ready to take the reins at QB for Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Austin Allen was talking with teammate Frank Ragnow ahead of preseason camp when a thought about the last few seasons occurred to the first-year starting quarterback of the Razorbacks.
"You know, I can't even remember the last time I've been hit," Allen said.
Yes, it's been that long — four years, actually — since Allen entered a football season as his team's projected starting quarterback.
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