Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 85, the number once worn by Mountaineer tight-end, Mark Raugh.
Raugh, a native of Roaring Spring, PA, was a four-year member of the Mountaineer football team from 1979-1982. Although he saw limited playing time his first two seasons with the program, Raugh emerged as a major star on the 1981 Peach Bowl winning squad, accumulating 601 receiving yards, along with 3 touchdown receptions. Raugh would earn 2nd team, All-American honors for his efforts during a season in which saw second-year head coach, and Mountaineer legend, Don Nehlen, earn his first of four bowl wins during his illustrious 21 year career in Morgantown.
Raugh finished his WVU football career with a school record 1,388 career receiving yards at the tight-end position, a mark in which still stands to this day. Raugh was also a stand-out blocker along the offensive line, which, in turn, allowed the likes of then Mountaineer quarterback, and current WVU athletic director, Oliver Luck, as well as running back, Curlin Beck, to thrive in an offense that put up 26 points in a 20 point handling of the Florida Gators in the 1981 Peach Bowl.
Mark Raugh would later try his luck on the pro level, being drafted with the 303rd overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the highly memorable, 1983 NFL draft only to be cut by the team in that summer’s training camp. However, Raugh did play a season of pro football for the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers before the team folded following the 1984 campaign.