FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Derrick Ramsey, an oversized quarterback at Kentucky who became a tight end in the NFL, was hired Wednesday as athletic director by Kentucky State.

Ramsey takes over on July 1 as athletic chief for the historically black NCAA Division II school.

``I think that Kentucky State now is on the move,'' Ramsey said. ``The president that we have, President (George) Reid, is a real innovative guy, and of course he wants winning football, winning basketball and a winning program. Those are things that I have loved to do, have longed to do.''

Reid said he wants Ramsey to raise Kentucky State's athletic profile.

``What impressed me about him is his fine character as a human being and the fact that he wins friends the moment he walks into a place,'' he said. ``And that's what Kentucky State University needs. We need people desperately who can win friends and supporters for us, and Derrick can do that.''

Ramsey had been working at Kentucky as a community relations officer in addition to doing part-time duty as an analyst on local Kentucky football telecasts.

A two-time All-Southeastern Conference pick at quarterback, Ramsey led Kentucky to a 9-3 record and a Peach Bowl victory in 1976, and a 10-1 record as a senior in 1977, when the Wildcats were on NCAA probation.

Ramsey played tight end for the Oakland-Los Angeles Raiders, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions during a pro career that ended in 1987.