Griffin, who earned his second-straight second team honor from the BIG EAST and was on the Mackey Award Watch List to start the year, was honored as the Huskies' Offensive Player of the Year. Griffin assaulted the UConn record book for receptions by a tight end throughout his career and after catching 29 passes; six for touchdowns and 484 yards in 2012, his 10 career TDs and 116 receptions are both second all-time by a tight end. Scheduled for a 2:00 pm kick-off, the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic will air nationally on the CBS Sports Network. - UConn football
01/03/2013 - Linebacker Jory Johnson and tight end Ryan Griffin have been invited to play in the first-ever Raycom College Football All Star Classic (Mobile, Ala.), on Jan.19. Receiver Mike Smith will play in the Texas Vs. the Nation All-Star Game (Allen, Tx) Feb.2 and three more defensive players: cornerbacks Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz along with defensive end Trevardo Williams will play in the Senior Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) on Jan. 26. - Desmond Conner, The Hartford Courant
12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE Ryan Griffin, Connecticut, Sr., Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry, has been selected Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. For Griffin, it is his second straight season being named the Second Team tight end. He caught 29 passes in his final season for 484 yards, averaging 16.7 yards per reception. Griffin caught his team-leading sixth touchdown pass of the season on a career-long 74 yard reception against Cincinnati last Saturday.
His 116 career receptions ranks 10th all-time at Connecticut and are the second most among tight ends, while his 1,500 yards are 12th overall and second for a tight end. For his career, Griffin caught 10 touchdown passes, which ties him for second most among tight ends and his six this season also ties him for second most in a single season. - Connecticut football
07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ryan Griffin, TE, U Conn, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. A year ago, Griffin was named a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection. He was Connecticut's third leading receiver with 33 receptions, three for touchdowns, and 499 yards. Griffin was one of 25 tight ends named to the John Mackey award midseason watch list in 2011. Over his three year career, Griffin has 87 catches in 36 games for 1,016 receiving yards. Last week, Griffin was also named to the Mackey Award Watch List for the nation's top tight end. - UConn football
07/10/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Ryan Griffin, Connecticut, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football's best tight end. Griffin was named a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2011. He was Connecticut's third leading receiver with 33 receptions, three for touchdowns, and 499 yards. Griffin was one of 25 tight ends named to the John Mackey award midseason watch list in 2011. Over his three year career, Griffin has 87 catches in 36 games for 1,016 receiving yards. - UConn football
06/26/2012 - Top-five Connecticut prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. TE Ryan Griffin (6-5, 248)...The Huskies featured their tight ends as downfield targets rather than just dump-off options much more so under Pasqualoni than under previous regimes, which helped Griffin (pictured above) emerge as a legitimate prospect a year ago. Blessed with good size and athleticism, Griffin is the Huskies' leading returner receiver (33 catches for 499 yards, three touchdowns and one two-point conversion) and the Second Team All Big East selection has already earned a spot on the initial Mackey Award list as the nation's top tight end. Griffin only caught two more passes a year ago than he did in 2010 but his average yards per catch exploded from 7.9 yards as a sophomore to a gaudy 15.1 in 2011 -- a number that ranked higher than NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated tight end for the 2013 draft, Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert (who averaged 12.75 yards per catch), as well as star wideouts in the conference like Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu (10.49) and West Virginia's Tavon Austin (11.74). The onus will be on Griffin, who signed with UCONN as a lightly recruited athlete, to prove that last year's breakout campaign was no fluke but Griffin has good size, soft hands, surprising athleticism and has proven to be a willing blocker, as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com