University of Iowa Athletics

#89 Nico Ragaini

Height 6-0
Weight 190 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown East Haven, Conn.
High School Notre Dame
Previous School Avon Old Farms Prep
Nico Ragaini - Football - University of Iowa Athletics

Hawk Item – – Career totals include 130 receptions for 1,402 yards… the 130 receptions ranks ninth and the 1,402 yards ranks 27th in program history… one of nine seniors named to 2023 Player Council… will return for fifth season in 2023… one of 12 seniors named to 2022 Player Council… redshirted in 2018 after seeing action in just three games… one of 12 true freshmen to see action in 2018… attended Avon Old Farms Prep School for one semester following high school career… enrolled in 2018 spring semester and participated in spring practice.

2023 – – Caught two passes for 36 yards (long of 29) in season-opening 24-14 win over Utah State… had two receptions for eight yards in 20-13 win at Iowa State… caught one pass for four yards in 41-10 win over Western Michigan.

2022 Honors – – Team Hustle Award, offense… 2022 – – Listed as first team wide receiver following spring practice… played in 11 games, earning six start at wide receiver… caught 34 passes for 386 yards (11.4 yard avg.) and one touchdown… matched career-high with seven receptions in 9-6 loss at Illinois, good for 46 yards, with a long of 15 yards… matched career-high with seven receptions for 60 yards in 24-17 loss to Nebraska, with a long of 20 yards… had four receptions for 55 yards in 27-14 loss to #4 Michigan, with a long of 28 yards… totaled four receptions for career-best 66 yards in 33-13 win over Northwestern, with a long of 24 yards, along with 12 yards on one rushing attempt… had three receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown in 24-3 win at Purdue… 29-yard scoring reception gave Iowa 14-0 advantage.

2021 Honors – – Team Hustle Award, offense… 2021 – – Played in all 14 games, earning seven starts at wide receiver… caught 26 passes for 331 yards (12.7 yard avg.) and one touchdown… had four receptions for 54 yards in 30-7 win over Kent State , with a career-long of 48 yards to set up Iowa’s final score of the game… posted four receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown in 23-20 win over #4 Penn State., including game-winning 44-yard touchdown reception with 6:26 remaining in the game.


2020 Honors – – Preseason first-team All-Big Ten punt return specialist by Phil Steele… 2020 – – Saw action in all eight games, with two starts at wide receiver… caught 18 passes for 191 yards (10.6 yard avg.) and two touchdowns… one rushing attempt in 35-7 win at Minnesota resulted in one-yard touchdown for first career rushing score… had four receptions for season-high 61 yards in 24-20 loss at Purdue, with a long of 28 yards… had four receptions for 46 yards in 41-21 win at Penn State, with a long of 26 yards… caught three passes for 16 yards in 21-20 loss to Northwestern… had three receptions for 32 yards in 49-7 win over Michigan State, with a long of 28 yards…

2019 Honors – – First-team All-Big Ten punt return specialist by Phil Steele… 2019 – – Saw action in all 13 games, with two starts at wide receiver… led team in receptions and ranked third in receiving yards (46-439), with two touchdowns… averaged 10.7 yards on nine punt returns… posted a career-high seven receptions for 55 yards in 17-12 loss to #9 Penn State, with a long of 18 yards… had six receptions for 31 yards in 26-20 win over Purdue, with a long of 13 yards… tallied six receptions for 32 yards in 24-22 loss at #16 Wisconsin, including three-yard reception for first career touchdown… had six receptions for 46 yards at in 10-3 loss at #18 Michigan… career-best four punt returns for 54 yards at Michigan, including a long of 17 yards… led team with five receptions for 43 yards in 18-17 win at Iowa State, with a long of 18 yards… one punt return for 15 yards at Iowa State, which led to Iowa’s only touchdown… caught two passes for 30 yards in 23-19 win over #7 Minnesota, including 21-yard scoring reception on Iowa’s first drive of the game… had one reception for 45 yards in 38-14 win over Miami to set up a touchdown, along with one rushing attempt for two yards… also had two punt returns for 16 yards vs. Miami.

2018 – – Saw action in three games, recording one reception for seven yards… saw action in 38-14 win over Northern Iowa as offense gained 545 yards total offense… first career reception for seven yards vs. UNI.

High school honors – – Two-time Male Athlete of the Year in New Haven… earned All-New England recognition at prep school… earned all-state honors for final three high school seasons after starting as a wide receiver as a freshman… named to Walter Camp all-state team as a junior and senior… Career – – Four-year football letterman as wide receiver and defensive back, helping prep team win 26 games in final three seasons… career totals include 3,345 receiving yards in four seasons… set state record for career receptions (222)… 46 receptions for 923 yards and nine touchdowns in prep school… as a senior recorded 59 receptions for 988 yards… totaled 1,591 all-purpose yards and scored 13 touchdowns… added 41 tackles and two interceptions on defense… collected 64 receptions for 903 yards as a junior, totaling 1,708 all-purpose yards… as a sophomore recorded 71 receptions for 1,036 yards and 14 touchdowns… 28 receptions for 418 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman… also participated in lacrosse and indoor track as a prep… holds school lacrosse records for career assists (109) and points (180)… earned all-state recognition in track on 4 x 400-meter relay unit… team captain as a senior.

Personal – – Born 1/26/99… sport and recreation management major… National Honor Society… parents are Josanna and Gianni Ragaini… high school coach was Tom Marcucci… prep school coach was Bill Mella.