There aren’t too many people who know a lot about Ronnie Wingo, but the Atlanta Falcons know enough about him—and were impressed enough by his game—to bring him aboard.
But what does this signing bring?
Wingo’s days at St. Louis University High School went a little something like this: 4,449 yards and 48 touchdowns overall, selected to first-team Class 6A all-state, selected to the U. S. Army All-American Bowl west team and was rated the number two prospect in Missouri.
Not too shabby.
His star continued to shine on into his freshman year as a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He didn’t start every game in his freshman year, but he did play in every game. His average 8.5 yards per carry in the Red Zone pushed him to the number 2 rating nationally and the top of the SEC heap for 2009. In 2010, the numbers dipped slightly but the performance remained notable. He was in all games that season and started five of those games.
Wingo’s 2011 season saw participation in 12 games (he missed the game against Auburn due to a toe injury) with three starts. The game against Troy marked a standout game for Wingo, with three touchdowns and twenty carries for 109 yards with two rushing touchdowns. He didn’t see nearly as much playing time during his senior year—and the numbers reflect that reduced involvement—but his play was consistent.
It’s been said that Wingo is an average player at best; training camp would be an excellent time for him to stand up and be counted in the fullback competition. Bradie Ewing is coming off a missed season due to injury, and fellow rookie Devonte Campbell struggled a bit during the minicamp. Either way, Wingo has to be willing to put in the work to get where he wants to be. Second-rate is not the name of his game, but he’s got to step it up if he wants to make it.