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Matt Ryan, QB

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 228 | College: Boston College
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When a new coaching staff, headed by Jeff Jagodzinski, took over at Boston College during the spring, there were many questions, but the staff felt that the quarterback picture was in very capable hands with Ryan at the helm.

Recovered from a nagging foot injury that plagued him throughout the 2006 season, the lanky quarterback has compiled a 25-7 record as a starter for the Eagles.

Ryan went on to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior and was emerging as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites until the Eagles lost three of their final five regular season games. He would go on to rank eighth in the nation in total offense and established new school records for 400-yard passing performances in both a career and season, en route to throwing for 4,507 yards.

At William Penn Charter School, Ryan earned All-East honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report. He also captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback, in addition to receiving All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team recognition in 2001. He also was a three-time All-League (InterAc) selection.

Ryan threw for more than 1,300 yards with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior. He finished his career by completing more than 52 percent of his pass attempts during his three seasons at the helm. He served as football team captain in 2002 and also captained the school's basketball and baseball teams.

Ryan followed in the footsteps of his uncle, John Loughery, who played quarterback at Boston College from 1979-82. He enrolled at the university in 2003, spending the season performing on the scout team. He earned BC's Freshman Male Scholar-Athlete Award recognition in 2004. He appeared in seven games, starting the regular-season finale vs. Syracuse. He hit on 35-of-71 passes (49.3%) for 350 yards, a pair of touchdowns and three interceptions.

The MVP of the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Boise State, Ryan started five of 10 games for the Eagles in 2005. He took over starting duties from Quinton Porter midway through the season, going on to throw for 1,514 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions on 121-of-195 throws (62.1%). He also rushed 37 times for 94 yards (2.5-yard average) and five scores, becoming the first BC quarterback since 1998 to run for two scores in a game (vs. Ball State).

A broken bone in his left foot limited Ryan's mobility the second half of season, but he still earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors in 2006. He led the ACC in total offense (242.25 yards per game), points responsible for (9.63 per game), pass completions (No. 10 in the nation with 21.92 per game) and passing yards per game (15th nationally with an average of 245.17 yards per game). He completed 263-of-427 passes (61.6%) for 2,942 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for four scores, finishing with 2,907 yards in total offense.

Ryan underwent offseason foot surgery and was fully recovered by spring drills. The team offensive captain was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and earned league Player of the Week honors six times during the 2007 campaign. He shattered single-season BC records, as he completed 388-of-654 passes (59.3%) for 4,507 yards, 31 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also scored twice on 68 carries, finishing with 4,509 yards in total offense, an average of 322.1 yards per game.

In 45 games at Boston College, Ryan started 34 contests. He connected on 837 of 1,347 passes (59.91%) for 9,313 yards, 56 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. He rushed 168 times for 58 yards (0.3-yard avg) and 11 scores, adding a one-yard reception and one solo tackle. He lost seven of his 17 total fumbles and was sacked 50 times for losses totaling 381 yards. On 1,515 offensive plays, he amassed 9,371 yards in total offense, an average of 208.24 yards per game.


Positives: Has a tall frame with good muscle tone and, while a bit lean, he has the frame to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness … More of a short-to-intermediate passer, but he does a good job of going through progressions and is limber enough to make those throws while on the move … Very accurate passer when flushed out of the pocket, but has the strength to step up and absorb punishment … Shows the balance and body control to throw the ball across his body from the outside hashes, demonstrating good lateral slide (4.29 20-yard shuttle) for his position … Has a quick drive back from center to his throwing point, setting his feet properly before delivering the throw … Good team leader who puts in the extra hours in the film room and training room … Good lifter who plays with a fiery attitude and won't back away from a confrontation … Has very good game-management skills, making quick decisions while generally showing proper judgment … Cool under pressure and knows how to step up and avoid the bull rush … Seems to have ice water running through his veins and is never rattled, despite facing a fierce pass rush … Has complete command of the huddle and the training staff calls him one of the toughest players to ever wear a BC uniform, citing his dedication and long hours rehabilitating from offseason foot surgery … Drives away from center with a fluid stride and has the body control to quickly get into position to make the throw, whether in the pocket or on the move (can pass from the sprint or from dropback action) … Has an over-the-shoulder delivery and release, carrying the ball chest-high, and has a quick wrist flick and ability to adjust his release depending on the throwing situation, but he makes most of his mistakes on the deep ball. In that situation, he threw nine of his 10 interceptions in 2006 and 10 of 14 in '07 … It is rare to see him force the ball, showing patience going through progressions and also has the intelligence to get innovative … Has the strength to stand tall in the pocket and will not be forced into rushing his throws (will take a sack rather than fire into traffic) … Not easy to knock down once he gets on the move and is a slippery runner who lacks valid foot speed, but has good side-step agility … Inspires the confidence of the entire team on the field and he is a mature leader who won't point fingers, rather accepting blame for a broken play … Excels throwing in the short area, as he puts good zip and touch on his throws, especially on underneath and crossing routes … Can vary his speed and take something off when working in this area … Very good game manager who has the pinpoint accuracy to put the ball into tight areas and keeps the receivers in their routes, doing a nice job of hitting them out of the breaks … Can vary the speed on his short throws, but can drill it to his targets while on the move without having his man have to adjust … Has a nice feel for pocket pressure, demonstrating the vision to locate the backside action and does a good job of stepping up and out to avoid, but will not hesitate to tuck the ball and run with it, if he locates a good crease … Has the ideal height you look for in a quarterback to scan the field over the defensive linemen and is quick to check down and locate his secondary receivers, keeping defenses honest when rolling out, as he does not need to set his feet to fire the ball on the move … In 2007, he showed improved footwork in his setup, driving back from center much smoother than in the past … Surveys the field and goes through progressions well, but needs to look off his primary target more often … Worked hard to improve throwing the deep pass with better placement … Not really an escape artist, but he shows good awareness to pressure and has enough mobility to elude heat in the pocket … Knows how to vary the speed of his tosses when working underneath.

Negatives: Lacks the arm strength to challenge the deep secondary, as his long throws tend to flutter or hang up long enough for defenders to attack the ball in flight (see 2006 Brigham Young and Wake Forest contests and 2007 Massachusetts and Virginia Tech games) … Needs to do a better job of planting his feet to get more zip behind his long throws … Has inconsistent and adequate velocity when firing the ball deep … Weakest area of his game is exposed when he attempts to fire the deep ball, as the pass tends to lack accuracy … Runs too hot and cold when trying to air the ball out, as his long throws lack trajectory … Needs to improve timing on his deep throws, as he is very inconsistent hitting those targets coming out of cuts … Holds for PATs and field goals, but needs to be quicker fielding and placing the ball … Strong runner with the ball, but runs a bit erect, resulting in fumble issues, as he does not always protect the ball when breaking past the line of scrimmage … Does not have the foot quickness to keep defenses honest as a runner and while he shows good vision as a passer, he will run into a crowd when carrying the pigskin (needs to be more alert to cutback lanes) … When he generates a high push in his delivery or throws off his back foot, his passes lose some zip, resulting in a high amount of tosses getting deflected (see 2007 North Carolina State, Massachusetts, Virginia Tech and Florida State games) … When he holds on to the ball too long waiting for his receivers to break, he will leave his passes behind too often (see 2007 Wake Forest, Virginia Tech SEC Game, Florida State and Maryland contests) … Needs to make quicker decisions when he is flushed out of the pocket and must stop trying to force his throws into tight areas … Needs to protect the ball better; had fumble issues in 2007, especially after getting sacked (see 2007 Georgia Tech, Miami and Michigan State games).

Compares To: MATT HASSELBECK, Seattle Seahawks: Like his fellow former BC Eagle, Ryan's intelligence, accuracy and underrated mobility make him a classic fit for the West Coast Offense. While both have a strong enough arm to air out any throw in the NFL passing tree, they are much more effective utilizing a short-to-intermediate passing attack. Each offers good mobility to throw when flushed out of the pocket and they are both efficient game managers. They have good strength stepping up in the pocket and the lateral agility to sidestep the bull rush, though neither is a threat to get big real estate with his feet. Like Hasselbeck, Ryan lacks accuracy and arm strength when unleashing the long ball, as most of his interceptions were the result of him trying to attack the deep secondary or forcing the action. Both are willing to stand tough in the pocket and deliver the pass with defenders in their face. Like Hasselbeck, Ryan has the accuracy, toughness and poise to ultimately compete for Pro Bowl accolades.

Career Notes

Ryan's 807 pass completions established a school record, topping the old mark of 703 by Glenn Foley (1990-93) … His completion percentage of 59.91 ranks behind Mike Kruczek (66.8%, 1973-75) and Paul Peterson (60.76%, 2003-04) in BC's record book … His 9,313 yards passing placed him third on the BC all-time record list behind Doug Flutie (10,579 yards, 1981-84) and Glenn Foley (10,039 yards, 1990-93) … His 1,347 pass attempts topped the old Eagles all-time record of 1,275 by Foley and 1,271 by Flutie … Ryan's 54 touchdown passes rank third in Eagles history, surpassed by Foley (72) and Flutie (67) … His 1,515 plays for 9,371 yards in total offense also rank third behind Flutie (1,558 plays for 11,318 yards, 1981-84) and Foley (1,441 plays for 9,719 yards, 1990-93) … Ryan's 9,024 yards in total offense rank 12th and 8,963 yards passing rank seventh on the Atlantic Coast Conference career-record charts (Boston College did not begin playing in the ACC until 2005, Ryan's sophomore year) … Set school records with 263 pass completions on 427 attempts in 2006, surpassing the old marks of 237 completions by Brian St. Pierre in 2002 and 423 attempts by Shawn Halloran in 1985 … Ryan would then shatter his own BC records in 2007, as he connected on 388 of 654 passes … With his 388 pass completions in 2007, Ryan joined Philip Rivers of North Carolina State (348 in 2003) and Ben Bennett of Duke (300 in 1983) as the only quarterbacks in ACC history to complete 300 passes in a season … His 654 pass attempts shattered the previous league record of 484 by Anthony Dilweg of Duke in 1988 … His 2,942 yards passing in 2006 rank fifth on the school record list behind Doug Flutie (3,454 in 1984), Glenn Foley (3,397 in 1993), Brian St. Pierre (2,983 in 2002) and Ryan's school-record 4,507 yards in 2007 … His 4,507 yards also set an ACC single-season record, topping Philip Rivers of North Carolina State (4,491 yards in 2003) … Chris Weinke of Florida State (4,167 in 2000) is the only other player in conference annals to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season, besides Ryan and Rivers … His 2006 completion percentage of 61.6 was the sixth-best season total in BC annals … Set a school record by participating in 722 offensive plays in 2007 and his 478 offensive plays in 2006 are topped only by Ryan's 2007 figure and Shawn Halloran (488 in 1985) on BC's annual record chart … His 722 plays also set a new ACC record, surpassing the previous mark of 588 offensive snaps by John Kaleo of Maryland in 1992 … His 2,907 yards in total offense in 2006 was the sixth-highest season total by an Eagles player, topped by Doug Flutie (3,603 in 1984 and 3,019 in 1982), Glenn Foley (3,353 in 1993), Brian St. Pierre (3,109 in 2002) and Ryan's 4,509 yards in 2007 … His 4,509 yards also rank second in conference history behind Philip Rivers of North Carolina State (4,600 in 2003) … Ryan's 31 touchdown passes in 2007 broke the school record of 27 by Doug Flutie in 1984 … With his 31 scoring strikes, he joined Rivers (34 in 2003), Chris Weinke of Florida State (33 in 2000) and Danny Kanell of Florida State (32 in 1995) as the only ACC players to throw for 30 touchdowns in a season … Threw for over 400 yards five times in his career, breaking the old school record of four by Doug Flutie (1981-84) … His four 400-yard passing performances in 2007 also set a Boston College record … His career-high 435 yards vs. Georgia Tech in 2007 ranks sixth on the school's list of single-game passing performances … His 57 pass attempts in the 2006 Wake Forest game tied Shawn Halloran (vs. Syracuse in 1985) and Frank Harris (vs. Army in 1968) for the BC record … His 40 pass completions in the 2006 Wake Forest game broke the old school record of 37 by Frank Harris in the 1968 Army clash … His five touchdown passes in the 2007 Wake Forest game are one shy of the school record of six, held by Doug Flutie (1984 vs. North Carolina).

2007 Season

All-American second-team choice by The NFL Draft Report … All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection and named ACC Player of the Year … Finished seventh in the voting for the Heisman Trophy … Recipient of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was a finalist for the Manning Award and Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award … Winner of the school's Scanlan Award, the top honor bestowed upon a Boston College football player, representing excellence on the football field, academics, character and community service … Also picked up the William J. Flynn Award as the team's Most Valuable Player … Named ACC Player of the Week six times … Led the conference and ranked 10th in the nation in total offense, averaging 322.07 yards per game … Finished fifth in the nation with an average of 27.71 pass completions per game and sixth nationally in passing, averaging 321.93 yards per game … His 4,507 yards passing was the third-highest total in the major-college ranks … Set school records completing 388-of-654 passes (both ACC records), hitting on 59.3% of his attempts … Set a school record with 31 touchdown tosses, but his 19 interceptions tied Frank Harris (1980) for the fifth-most total by an Eagles quarterback in a season … Gained two yards with a pair of scores on 68 carries and also caught one pass for a one-yard gain … Ranked 25th in the nation in points responsible for, averaging 14.43 points per game … Set school records by participating in 722 offensive plays for 4,509 yards in total offense … Turned the ball over three times on eight fumbles and had 63-of-654 pass attempts (9.63%) deflected by the opposition … 210 of his 388 pass completions resulted in first downs, as he helped convert 89-of-214 third-down plays (41.59%) and 12-of-23 fourth-down snaps (52.17%) … Had 46 of his pass completions gain at least 20 yards … Also ran for 17 first downs.

2007 Game Analysis

Wake Forest … Ryan opened the season in explosive fashion, as his five touchdown passes rank second on the school's game-record list behind Doug Flutie's six scoring tosses vs. North Carolina in 1984 … Ryan hit on 32 of 52 attempts for 408 yards, but was also sacked twice in a 38-28 triumph … His first pass attempt was intercepted by Wake Forest cornerback Alphonso Smith and returned for a touchdown, but the quarterback settled down, as his 408 yards moved him past 5,000 aerial yards for his career … After his first of two interceptions, the Eagles QB completed seven-straight passes, including a third-&-2 toss to Kevin Challenger for a 19-yard touchdown that ended a 75-yard, 9-play series in the first quarter … He slipped under a blitz to find Rich Gunnell with a second quarter 38-yard scoring strike and then connected with Clarence Megwa on a 22-yard touchdown toss with 0:55 left in the first half … He ended a 71-yard, 9-play third quarter series with a third-&-goal 5-yard scoring flip to Brandon Robinson, followed by a third-&-goal 5-yard scoring lob to Grunnell with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter … Record Watch-Ryan is just the third player to throw for five touchdowns in a game for the Eagles (Flutie did it in 1984 and Ken Smith also matched that total in 1977 … His 408 yards passing rank eleventh on the school's game-record list … His 408 yards gave him 5,212 for his career, becoming the fifth BC quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards.

North Carolina State … Facing his former mentor and BC coach, Tom O'Brien, Ryan was good for 142 yards and a touchdown on 15 of 34 tosses, but also had a pass picked off and seven other attempts were deflected … The Eagles first touchdown came on Ryan's 15-yard pass to Kevin Challenger that was set up by an interception by BC safety Jamie Silva … Record Watch-Ryan's touchdown pass gave him 31 for his career and his 142 yards passing moved him to fourth on the school's career-record list with 5,354 yards.

Georgia Tech … Ryan threw for a career-high 435 yards and a touchdown on 30 of 44 attempts, but fumbled twice and was sacked twice. He had five completions for 20 yards or longer and threw for sixteen first downs and had four pass attempts deflected … He tossed a 40-yarder to tight end Jon Loyte and 16 & 25-yarders to Kevin Challenger to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by tailback L.V. Whitworth in the first quarter … Ryan turned the ball over on a fumble after he was sacked for a 4-yard loss at the Tech 10 at the end of the opening frame, but made up for that miscue with a 39-yard scoring strike to Brandon Robinson that capped a 79-yard, 5-play second quarter series … He also fumbled the ball after getting sacked for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter … After the game, Georgia Tech Head Coach Chan Gailey told the media, "I'll tell you what, he (Matt Ryan) impressed me. He impressed me on film and he impressed in person. He was as good as advertised; I can't imagine anyone playing much better than he did. I was extremely impressed. They have a good football team. And they played well tonight. We didn't play as well and they deserved to win."

Army … After a sluggish first half that saw head coach Jeff Jagodzinski channel the best Vince Lombardi he could muster, the former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator ripped into his team at halftime and Boston College responded by pulling away from Army to win 37-17 … Ryan finished with 356 yards and three touchdowns on 35 of 51 tosses, but was also intercepted twice. He added 35 yards and a score on five carries, taking off on a

1-yard QB sneak for BC's first score of the game … He flipped a 22-yard touchdown to Rich Gunnell in the second quarter and lobbed a first-&-goal 8-yard scoring pass to tight end Ryan Purvis to end a 67-yard, 7-play third quarter drive … Ryan added a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Robinson, but his two-point conversion attempt was intercepted at the start of the fourth quarter … His second interception was grabbed by Army linebacker Brian Chmura for an 11-yard touchdown return with 9:22 left in the game … "When you put enough points on the board to get the victory, you have to take some positives out of it," Ryan said. "I think there's room for improvement. We have to get better. We were a little sporadic today, but the offense got it going." … Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski by stating, "When Matt [Ryan] started taking us down the field in the third quarter. I believe that almost half of his completed passes were for first downs. I'm thrilled that we won. I really am. That was the first win of our second quarter and here we go. Matt's a good football player and I don't think we were as sharp as we could be out on the perimeter, again. We turned the ball over when we were down in the red zone twice, one at the beginning of the game and then later we fumble again. Those kinds of things you can't do and they won't be accepted." … Record Watch-Ryan's 356 yards passing gave him 6,147 for his career, moving to third place on the school's all-time record list.

Massachusetts … Ryan connected on 24 of 42 attempts for 204 yards, leading Boston College on a 96-yard drive that was capped by his 9-yard scoring strike to Justin Jarvis in the first quarter … "We put together some nice drives when we needed to," Ryan said. "I think that's the sign of a championship team: when you get scored on, you answer."

Bowling Green … The Eagles quarterback hit on 24 of 32 attempts (75.0%) for 312 yards, four interceptions and no interceptions, as 12 of his completions were good for first downs en route to converting 4-of-7 third-down snaps … Early in the first quarter, Ryan started off a 7-play, 81-yard series with a 10-yard toss to Kevin Challenger and ended it with a 51-yard seam pass to his favorite receiver … Andre Callender was the recipient of Ryan's second quarter 14-yard touchdown toss and Justin Jarvis then ran under the QB's 71-yard scoring bomb to start off the third quarter action … Brandon Robinson then got into the act, catching Ryan's third-&-6 pass for a 14-yard score … Asked about Ryan's performance, "It was pretty good," first-year coach Jeff Jagodzinski said. "He was 13-of-14 at one point and that one we couldn't hold onto to. Matt was on today. He was pretty sharp."

Notre Dame … Ryan kept Notre Dame from getting payback on unbeaten Boston College, as

He completed 32 of 49 chances for 291 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He had fifteen of his completions produce first downs, converting seven third-down plays, but also had a 14-yard touchdown run nullified by a BC penalty … Andre Callander caught a 9-yard swing pass from the Eagles QB for a third quarter score and on their next series, Ryan found Kevin Challenger with a 13-yard touchdown toss … "Matt Ryan got a really quick release," Notre Dame nose tackle Pat Kuntz said. "He's good, and there's nothing much else I can say about that. He's probably the best quarterback we've seen."

Virginia Tech … In a hard fought 14-10 win, Ryan hit on 25 of 52 attempts for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice and sacked three times for minus 33 yards while also fumbling once when he was sacked for a 13-yard loss late in the second quarter … Tech defenders Brandon Flowers and D.J. Parker picked off Ryan passes in the second half, but with the game on the line, he produced a pair of fourth quarter touch-downs, including a 24-yarder to Andre Callender for a game-winning score with 0:11 left to play.

Florida State … Ryan might have thrown for 415 yards and two touchdowns on 26 of 53 tries, but he had three passes intercepted (matched his career high of three thefts vs. Syracuse in 2004) … After converting a third-&-1 run into a 3-yard gain, he saw a late first quarter 81-yard series come to an end when he had a pass picked off … Tyrone Carter would intercept another Ryan pass early in the third quarter and linebacker Geno Hayes returned a fourth quarter pass theft 38 yards for a touchdown with 1:10 left in the game, as Ryan had recovered his own fumble earlier in that series … One of his touchdown passes was on a flag pass that Brandon Robinson turned into a 30-yard score late in the first half … Ryan hit Rich Gunnell on a 42-yard pass to the Florida State 6 with 7:24 left. Two plays later, including a penalty that moved the ball to the 3, Ryan hit a wide-open Purvis in the middle of the end zone to make it 20-17 … "I was excited," Ryan said. "As soon as they stopped them, and forced the punt, they gave us another chance to go out there and win the game."

Maryland … The Eagles passer gained 421 yards on 33 of 56 attempts with three scores, but was also intercepted twice and fumbled once … He was also sacked four times for minus 31 yards and had three passes deflected … A late first quarter Ryan pass was converted into a Terps touchdown drive that Maryland tailback Lance Ball capped with a 5-yard run … He lobbed a third-&-goal 3-yard touchdown to Kevin Challenger at the start of the second half and found Ryan Purvis with a 5-yard touchdown toss later in the third frame … Ryan recovered a bad snap to hit Purvis with a third-&-10 13-yard scoring strike to cap a 12-play, 86-yard series with 0:52 left in the game.

Clemson … Ryan followed with 31-of-47 tosses for 315 yards, a touchdown and an interception, as he was sacked five times for minus 48 yards and had five of his throws deflected … He was sacked for a 12-yard loss on back-to-back plays at the start of the second quarter and then intercepted on the team's next series, but made up for those miscues with a third-&-7 seam pass to Rich Gunnell for a 43-yard fourth quarter score …

"Matt's been like that ever since he was a sophomore. He's always been cool and collected," Gunnell said, smiling. "It shows in the fourth quarter. The ball was just hanging up there and everything went silent, as I'm just hoping 'catch the ball, catch the ball, catch the ball."'

Miami … Boston College ended a 15-game losing streak vs. Miami to head into the Atlantic Coast Conference title game with a 28-14 victory … Ryan threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns on 26 of 43 attempts, but was intercepted twice and turned the ball over once on a fumble while having five of his throws deflected … A late second quarter series and the team's first drive of the third quarter ended when Miami intercepted Ryan passes and the QB killed another drive when he fumbled the ball at the BC 41 on the team's next series, but he compensated with second quarter touchdown throws of 8 yards to L.V. Whitworth and 5 yards to Kevin Challenger. He then closed out the scoring with a 20-yard scoring toss to Clarence Megwa that was set up by the passer's 49-yard completion to Rich Gunnell on the previous play … As this was BC's first victory over the Hurricanes since the 1984 "Hail Flutie" pass that ended one of the greatest games in college football history, head coach Jeff Jagodzinski told the media after the game, "What Doug did … and all that, that was great, but now they're going to talk about what Ryan did and what (safety Jamie) Silva did and what (defensive lineman) Nick Larkin did. We've done something special up to this point, and it's a good thing to keep building on the tradition."

Virginia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference Championship) … Ryan threw for 305 yards yards on 33 of 52 passes, but was intercepted twice. He added 35 yards and a score on six carries, but the Eagles suffered a 30-16 loss … He broke free on a bootleg for a 14-yard score late in the second quarter, but had a fourth-&-4 fourth quarter toss with 7:06 left on the clock picked off by Tech linebacker Vince Hall at the Tech 4, killing an 11-play, 58-yard series … On his final pass with 0:34 remaining in the game, Tech linebacker Xavier Adibi intercepted Ryan's last ditch toss at the BC 40 and the Hokies ran out the clock.

Michigan State (Champs Sports Bowl) … Ryan and Boston College had a much more enjoyable trip to Florida this time around, as he completed 22 of 47 passes for 249 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a 24-21 decision … He did fumble the ball twice, as he was sacked three times for minus 39 yards and had five of his tosses deflected …

Ryan threw three touchdown passes, two to Rich Gunnell (29 & 68 yards), and the Eagles extended the nation's longest bowl winning streak to eight … Record Watch-Boston College (11-3) won 11 games for the first time since 1940, but it was a season that at times had the promise of being even better.

2006 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice, leading the league in total offense (242.25 yards per game), points responsible for (9.83 per game), pass completions (21.92 per game) and passing yards per game (245.17) … Set school records, as he completed 263-of-427 passes (61.6%) … Gained 2,942 passing yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions … Scored four times on 51 carries that resulted in losses totaling 35 yards … His 478 plays rank second on the school list, gaining 2,907 yards in total offense … 139 of his 263 pass completions produced first downs, as he had 28 passes gain at least 20 yards … Helped convert 63-of-171 third-down plays (36.8%) and 5-of-17 fourth-down plays (29.4%) and also ran for 10 first downs, converting 4-of-10 third-down plays and one more on fourth-down on the ground … Had 44 of his pass attempts deflected by the opposition, as he turned the ball over twice on six fumbles … Was sacked 20 times for minus-141 yards … Suffered a left foot bone fracture (fifth metatarsal) vs. Virginia Tech, sitting out vs. Buffalo.

2006 Game Analysis

Central Michigan … 19 of Ryan's 32 completions (48 attempts) were good for first downs, as he gained 323 yards with three touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevin Challenger in the season opener.

Clemson … The BC quarterback gained 212 yards on 22 of 38 chances, including a 9-yard score to Kevin Challenger … Ryan also went over the top for a 1-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to force the game into overtime, where BC emerged with a 34-33 win.

Brigham Young … The junior passer was successful on 29 of 48 attempts for 356 yards and two touchdowns, but he had seven passes deflected, two others intercepted and was sacked once for a 10-yard loss … His 25-yard scoring pass to Tony Gonzalez gave the Eagles a 30-23 overtime triumph.

North Carolina State … Ryan threw for 149 yards on 13 of 25 chances with a score, but he was picked off once, fumbled once and was sacked three times, as BC fell in a 17-15 loss when Ryan's fourth quarter two-point conversion pass failed to meet its target.

Virginia Tech … The passer collected 174 yards with two touchdowns on 16 of 29 throws, hitting Kevin Challenger with 15 & 18-yard scoring strikes.

Wake Forest … Gained a season-high 402 yards as he completed 40 of 57 tosses (both career highs) with a touchdown, but Ryan was intercepted twice and fumbled once, as he was sacked four times for minus 33 yards … He found tight end Jon Loyte with a 2-yard scoring lob and also ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 0:02 left in a 21-14 loss.

Duke … Ryan added 219 yards and two touchdowns on 23 of 37 attempts, but had one interception and fumbled once … He capped an 8-play, 94-yard first quarter drive with a 24-yard scoring strike to Kevin Challenger.

Maryland … Ryan completed 65.5% of his tosses (19-of-29) for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as twelve of his completions were good for first downs … Both of his scoring throws came in the second quarter, including a 34-yarder to Tony Gonzalez that ended a 70-yard, 7-play series.

Miami … Ryan was intercepted once, sacked four times for minus 28 yards, turned the ball over once on a fumble and had nine passes deflected, as he registered 17 of 34 attempts for 169 yards in a 17-14 loss.

Navy (Meineke Car Care Bowl) … The junior finished his first full year as a starter with 20 of 29 passes for 242 yards, including a 25-yard fourth quarter touchdown to Ryan Purvis, rallying the team to a 25-24 decision … The quarterback also scored in the first quarter on a 2-yard run.

2005 Season

Ryan appeared in 12 games on special teams (holder for field goals and PATS), including 10 as a quarterback, as he started five contests … Matt completed 121-of-195 passes (62.1%) for 1,514 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions … Carried the ball 37 times for 94 yards (2.5-yard average) and five scores … Participated in 232 plays, gaining 1,608 yards in total offense … Turned the ball over two times on three fumbles and was sacked six times for losses of 33 yards.

2005 Game Analysis

Completed 7-of-8 passes for 89 yards vs. Army … Hit on 7-of-11 passes after taking over for the injured Quinton Porter midway through the third quarter vs. Florida State … Made his second career start at Clemson and completed 24-of-42 passes for 221 yards; also ran eight times for 13 yards and one touchdown to lead the team to its first-ever ACC win … Completed 21-of-29 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown in a starting role vs. Ball State; carried the ball six times for 43 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Cardinals to become the first BC quarterback to run for two scores in one game since Scott Mutryn scored twice vs. Rutgers in 1998 … Inserted into the game with 3:30 remaining in the game vs. Wake Forest and BC trailing by nine points (30-21); engineered the come-from-behind win by completing 7-of-9 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 26-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Challenger … Connected on 2-of-6 passes for 17 yards at Virginia Tech … Completed 10-of-14 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown at North Carolina … Earned the start vs. North Carolina State and completed 8-of-16 passes for 185 yards including one touchdown pass and two rushing touchdowns; connected on a 52-yard pass to Will Blackmon in the second quarter and on a career-long 61-yard pass to Blackmon in the third quarter … Successful on 16-of-24 tosses for 230 yards at Maryland; threw a 45-yard completion to Blackmon … Completed 19-of-36 passes for a career-best 256 yards and three touchdowns vs. Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl; hit Blackmon for a 52-yard completion; earned team MVP honors for his performance vs. the Broncos.

2004 Season

Ryan appeared in seven games as a redshirt freshman, earning BC's Freshman Male Scholar-Athlete Award … Started the regular-season finale vs. Syracuse … Completed 35-of-71 attempts (49.3%) for 350 yards, a pair of touchdowns and three interceptions … Rushed 12 times for losses of three yards, finishing with 347 yards in total offense on 83 plays (49.6 yards per game) … Was sacked five times for minus-24 yards.

2004 Game Analysis

Made the first start of his young career vs. Syracuse in the regular-season finale, hitting on 24 of 51 passes for 200 yards vs. the Orangemen, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Joel Hazard in the fourth quarter … Completed 8-of-15 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown at Temple after taking over at quarterback for an injured Paul Peterson late in the second quarter. His touchdown pass - the first of his career - was a 32-yard completion to Larry Lester … In the Massachusetts clash, he connected on 2-of-3 passes for 16 yards … Completed 1-of-2 pass attempts for 13 yards vs. North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl.

2003 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2006: Suffered a left foot bone fracture (fifth metatarsal) vs. Virginia Tech (10/12), sitting out the Buffalo clash.

2007: Underwent left foot surgery on Jan. 5 to repair the broken bone in his left foot.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.79 in the 40-yard dash … 255-pound bench press … 320-pound squat … 232-pound power clean … 4.29 20-yard shuttle … 29-inch vertical jump … 32 3/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 28/32 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended William Penn (Philadelphia, Pa.) Charter School, playing football for head coach Brian McCloskey … Earned All-East honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report … Also captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback, in addition to receiving All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team recognition in 2001 … Three-time All-League (InterAc) selection … Threw for more than 1,300 yards with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior … Finished his career by completing more than 52 percent of his pass attempts during all three seasons at the helm … Served as football team captain in 2002 and also captained the school's basketball and baseball teams … Competed as a small forward in basketball and as a pitcher and shortstop on the baseball squad.


Communications major, enrolled in the Carroll School of Management … 2004 recipient of BC's Freshman Male Scholar-Athlete Award … Third of Bernice and Michael Ryan's four children … Uncle, John Loughery, played quarterback at Boston College from 1979-82 … Born Matthew Thomas Ryan on 5/17/85 … Resides in Exton, Pennsylvania. Shop

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