For three years in the late-80s, Notre Dame did everything they could to get the ball into the hands of Raghib “Rocket” Ismail as often as humanly possible. Nearly 30 years later, another “Rocket” Ismail is set to hit the college football scene.
Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, Jr. recently signed to continue his collegiate career at Wyoming. Ismail, Jr. originally signed with TCU coming out of high school but would eventually wind up at Cisco Junior College.
Now, he’s headed to play for the Cowboys and coach Craig Bohl had some praises for Ismail, Jr. that might sound a little familiar to Notre Dame fans.
“Rocket is a young man who brings great speed and athleticism to the wide receiver position,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said in a statement per Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com. “He does a lot after the catch with the ball in his hands. He catches the ball extremely well, catches it away from his body, and will bring great value to the wide receiver room.”
Ismail, Sr. was as dynamic of a runner and returner as there was in college football during his time at Notre Dame. He had 2,580 yards from scrimmage and 9 touchdowns offensively and added 5 kick returns and a punt return for touchdown as a return specialist.
After two years in the CFL, Ismail, Sr. would go on to spend 10 successful seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2003.
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