FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’ 2017 season received a major boost Tuesday afternoon when center Frank Ragnow announced he will return for his senior season.
The junior made the announcement in a self-written post through Arkansas’ athletic department titled “More Than A Feeling.”
The Victoria, Minn., native was among Arkansas’ most consistent performers this season. He was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus earlier this month. His impressive efforts spurred conversations with coach Bret Bielema about the possibility of declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ragnow submitted paperwork at the conclusion of the regular season to be evaluated by the NFL. He told reporters last week he was waiting to “gather all the information” before making a decision.
Ragnow’s season was very difficult personally. His father, Jon, died unexpectedly in early October.
“I can’t wait to play for, with and be inspired by my FAMILY when I put on that Arkansas uniform,” Ragnow wrote. “I know the NFL is in my future, but I want to be the best center in college football as a Razorback. I want to lead and motivate my teammates who have helped me grow as a Razorback. I want to walk across the graduation stage as a Razorback. And I want to start helping others who have lost their father at a young age as a Razorback.
“To my dad, I miss you each day and I know you are here with all of us. I will continue each day with the values that you taught me. And don’t worry, Dad, I won’t be a shmo.”
With Ragnow back, the Razorbacks will return four starters on the offensive line next season. Only senior left tackle Dan Skipper must be replaced. Arkansas is now expected to return eight total starters on the offense next season.