Josh Ranek - Running Back - 2002-05 - South Dakota State
Josh Ranek was the most productive player over the Renegades entire 4 season existence. He also had the most memorable nickname of any Renegade, dubbed 'the little ball of hate' by the CFL media for his stocky stature and powerful runs. Running Back Darren Davis was anointed the clubs starting running back in their first season. Having established himself with Saskatchewan, the veteran Davis was going to be looked to to anchor the clubs offence. Davis got injured partway through the season and Ranek took advantage of the opening. Ranek had come to Ottawa after a falied try-out with the Dallas Cowboys and was more than capable replacing Davis. The South Dakota native put up 689 rushing yards in 13 games, he also proved to have great hands receiving the ball out of the backfield with 456 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. The expansion franchise would finish 4-14 but Ranek would prove to be a bright light for the future.
In 2003, athletic quarterback Kerry Joseph assumed control of the Renegades offence and instantly gave the club a presence. Teaming with Ranek, Joseph and the Renegade delighted Ottawa fans with some stand-out performances. Ranek would post an impressive 6.4 yard per carry average and 1,122 rushing yards he totaled 11 touchdowns combined rushing and receiving. The clib would improve to 7 wins but miss the play-offs. In 2004, Ranek would continue to post impressive totals with 1060 rushing yards and an impressive 673 receiving yards and a 11.4 per catch average. Ranek was a true double threat who was also very reliable with the football with only 2 fumbles on 219 rushing carries and 59 receptions.
2005 would prove the be the final season for the Renegades and again Ranek would team with Joseph to lead the offence. Ranek posted a career high 1,157 rushing yards including a career high 71 yard run for a touchdown, he would also post career highs receiving the football with 750 yards on 76 catches. The season would end in disappointment with Ottawa missing the playoffs again. After
the 2005 season the club ceased operations.
Ranek was deemed as a prize free agent acquisition by the Hamilton Tiger Cats but his stay would not be up to his usual standards with just 343 yards rushing and 254 receiving. He would spend part of the 2007 season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before retiring from football. A memorable player with a memorable nickname, Josh Ranek was one of the few stand-out Ottawa Renegades.