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DeMeco Ryans

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 236 | College: Alabama
 
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Overview

One of the best-kept secrets in college football, opposing quarterbacks throughout the last several years are well aware of Ryans's big-play ability on the field. A highly respected team leader and captain, Ryans has also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Southeastern Conference three times. He was also the lone SEC representative to earn the 2005 Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholarship Award.

Ryans was a Super All-State and Academic All-State selection and was named to The Tuscaloosa News Sweet Sixteen and The Birmingham Post-Herald Super Senior teams as a senior at Jess Lanier High School. He was rated the fifth-best linebacker in the South-east by Prep Star and the best prospect in the state of Alabama. Ryans recorded 135 tackles with eleven sacks, two forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions during his final prep campaign. Still, for all of his football honors, he is most proud of making the Academic All-State team.

Ryans played in thirteen games as a true freshman, starting the season finale vs. Hawaii at weak-side linebacker. In 312 plays, he recorded 27 tackles (12 solos) with two stops behind the line of scrimmage, a pair of quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery. He moved into the starting lineup permanently in 2003, leading the team with a career-high 126 tackles (72 solos) from the weak-side linebacker position. Only Woodrow Lowe (134 in 1973) had more tackles in a season for Alabama. He added 2.5 sacks, ten stops for losses, five pressures, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

Ryans started the final eleven games of the 2004 season at strong-side linebacker. He finished second on the squad with 78 tackles (47 solos), adding eight stops for losses, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two pass deflections, an interception and a pair of pressures.

Ryans was a consensus All-American and All-SEC pick in 2005. He earned Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors and was an Academic All-District IV pick. The Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP posted a team-high 76 tackles (43 solos) with five sacks and twelve stops for losses. He recovered two fumbles, caused another and intercepted a pass.

In 50 games at Alabama, Ryans started 37 times. He ranks fourth in school history with 308 tackles (175 solos), adding 7.5 sacks for minus 61 yards, 32 stops for losses of 111 yards and thirteen quarterback pressures. He caused and recovered four fumbles, batted away four passes and intercepted two others for 7 yards in returns.

Ryans also won the Lott Trophy (college defensive player of the year who has the biggest impact both on and off the field) and was a finalist for the Bednarik Award (symbolic as the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year). He graduated in December, 2005 with a degree in Business Management (completed requirements for graduation after only seven semesters, earning 44 hours his last two semesters alone).

Analysis

Positives: Has a well-built, compact frame with good muscle development, tight waist and excellent quickness … Smooth and flexible in reverse, showing the change of direction agility and lateral movement to string plays wide … Plays with natural instincts and very good field position (rarely caught out of position) … Uses his initial burst well to slip past blockers when attempting to plug the inside rush lanes … Best when operating in pursuit, as he is sudden closing on the ball and takes good angles working in space … Shows very good hand usage to mirror and reroute tight ends in the short area … Has enough speed to stay on the hip of the receiver on deep routes … Compensates for a lack of ideal size with good upper body strength … Knows how to use his hand extension to separate, shed and keep blockers from attacking his body … Sidesteps low blocks well, showing the balance to avoid trash while maintaining acceleration to the ball … Classic wrap-up tackler who explodes into ball carriers, driving hard with his legs to bring the opponent down … His ability to take angles in pursuit allows him to get to plays other linebackers can't make … Has the loose hips and foot speed to shadow receivers in man coverage and also is very alert to schemes, doing a nice job of handling the switch-off when operating in zone coverage … Does a very good job of tracking the ball in flight and changes directions instantly to redirect and attack the ball … Fluid in his pass drops and keeps his head on a swivel to maintain eye contact with the ball … Solid contributor on special teams, showing the make-up and desire to get down field and break up the wedge.

Negatives: Could use at least another ten pounds of bulk on his frame … His lack of bulk will sometimes cause him to struggle shedding blocks when working in-line (gets engulfed by the larger linemen) … Not used much as a blitzer and can get caught up by inside trash, but shows the foot speed to close when given a free lane … Lacks natural hands for the interception (only one theft in his career), letting the ball absorb into his body rather than extend, pluck and snatch.

Ryans is a compactly built athlete with good overall muscle definition, a thick chest, broad shoulders, tight waist, good bubble and thick thighs. He started at strong-side linebacker in 2005, but his quickness and ball anticipation skills might be better suited for the weak-side, where he can attack the ball rather than contain the run. He shows good functional strength to take on the larger blockers, but can be engulfed by the larger linemen when working in-line. He shows excellent foot speed and quickness in his pass drops and is the type of player that can contribute on every down.

He plays with excellent field vision and awareness. Ryans demonstrates the instincts to quickly track down the ball. He has the change of direction agility and lateral movements to string plays wide and hits ball carriers with force, doing a nice job of driving with his legs to push the opponent back through the rush lanes.

Ryans is a well-prepared athlete who can handle whatever the offenses throw at him. He is a patient sort with good read-and-diagnose ability, knowing his teammates' assignments well enough to keep everyone in position on the field. He stays focused, is rarely rattled and usually carries out all assignments. Ryans knows how to use his strength to compensate for a lack of ideal size. He plays with good leverage while taking on blocks and can hit and shed with authority. He uses his hands effectively to free himself working off the edge and has the pass coverage skills and fluid hip motion to drop back quickly in pass coverage.

Against the run, his size issue sometimes causes him to struggle working in-line, but he knows how to use his quickness to slip past and avoid blocks in order to get to the ball and clog the inside rush lanes. He is best in pursuit, showing urgency, balance and body control with excellent change of direction agility to run clean and take proper angles to the ball when working in space. He is a solid wrap-up tackler with enough power to drag ball carriers down.

Ryans is not really used much as a blitzer, but has the hand strength to get a decent push off the ball. He works hard to tie up blockers long enough to free other defenders to get to the quarterback. When working off the edge, he is a functional blitzer who has the speed to close.

Against the pass, Ryans is very effective at adjusting to the blockers' moves, using his hands to fend off low blocks and fit through the tight spots to fill the lanes. He is explosive breaking out of his backpedal, keeping his feet under him to turn and mirror receivers in their routes.

Ryans has more than enough quickness to cover tight ends underneath, shadowing his man to prevent the reception. He is a very solid tackler working up field. He is quick to locate and track down the ball in flight. His lateral agility allows him to close quickly and he takes good angles to close the cushion immediately when beaten.

Ryans is a very intelligent athlete who has worked hard to refine all phases of his game. He takes well to hard coaching and is a good role model for the younger players. Ryans is very mature for his age and is not the type that will make rash decisions in pressure situations. He puts in the extra hours needed in the weight room and film room. He is more of a leader by example type, but will not hesitate to get vocal in the huddle.

Ryans has the experience and knowledge to play any of the linebacker positions, but his quickness and field vision might be better suited for the weak-side. He might not be the biggest linebacker you will find, but he compensates well with instincts, strength, quickness and intelligence.

Career Notes

The versatile defender has experience at all three linebacker positions … Ryans recorded 308 tackles (175 solos) in 50 41 games, ranking fourth in school history behind Wayne Davis (327, 1983-86), Thomas Boyd (324, 1979-82) and Woodrow Lowe (315, 1972-75) … In 2005, he became Alabama's first consensus All-American since offensive tackle Chris Samuels in 1999.

2005 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association and American Football Coaches Association … Winner of the NCAA Top Eight Award … All-Southeastern Conference first-team and Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and AP … Lott Trophy (defensive player of the year making the most impact) winner and 2006 Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP … CoSIDA Academic All-District IV and Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar … Bednarik (National Defensive Player of the Year), Butkus (nation's top linebacker), Nagurski and Lombardi Trophy (nation's top lineman) finalists … Also a Draddy Award finalist … Named CBS Sports Scholar-Athlete of the Game vs. South Carolina and Florida … Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Arkansas and Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week accolades vs. Tennessee … Only SEC player to earn 2005 Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholarship honors … Won the Top VIII Award for outstanding achievement in athletics, scholarship and community service, an award that is given each year to a total of eight student-athletes from Division I, II and III … 2005 male recipient of the Bryant Award, symbolic as the Athletic Department's top student-athlete … Three-time Academic All-SEC selection … Earned the Mal Moore Leadership Award … Graduated in December, 2005 (after only seven semesters) with a degree in Business Management (has a 3.46 grade point average) … Started the season opener vs. Middle Tennessee at middle linebacker before returning to strong-side line-backer the following week … Led the team with 76 tackles (43 solos) … Had five sacks for minus 43 yards, twelve stops for losses of 58 yards and four quarterback pressures … Had two pass deflections and a 7-yard interception return … Recovered two fumbles and caused another … Was the cornerstone of a defense that ranked first in the nation in scoring defense, second in total defense, fifth in pass defense, fifth in pass efficiency defense and ninth in rushing defense.

2005 Game Analysis

Middle Tennessee … With Freddie Roach sidelined, Ryans shifted to middle linebacker for the season opener, recording six tackles (3 solos) with a pair of third-down stops … Had a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage and deflected a pass as the Tide held MTSU to 157 yards in total offense, including 34 yards on 25 carries … Teamed with safety Charlie Peprah in stopping tailback Eugene Gross for a 50-yard gain after a second-and-11 run off left guard in the first quarter … Slipped past right offensive guard Brian Smith to take down Gross for a 1-yard loss on a rushing attempt in the second quarter.

Southern Mississippi … Shifted back to strong-side linebacker, coming up with four tackles (3 solos) with a 14-yard sack and two stops for losses of 21 yards as the defense held USM to 9 yards on 23 carries … Two of his tackles came on third-down plays, killing a pair of Eagles scoring drives … In the first quarter, Ryans blasted past center Robby D'Angelo to sack QB Dustin Almond for a 14-yard loss … In the second quarter, Ryans again gave D'Angelo fits, breaking free to tackle tailback Larry Thomas for a 7-yard loss on a rushing attempt, as the USM center was also penalized for holding Ryans on the play … Sniffed out the draw play at the USM 32 on a third-and-5 play, taking down Thomas after a 1-yard run to force the Eagles to punt … Killed another scoring drive when Ryans stopped Thomas for no gain on a third-and-1 run from the USM 38 with help from middle linebacker Matt Collins … Ryans was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul on a 4-yard pass completion by Dustin Almond to Tavar Williams on a first-and-10 play, but three plays later, Ryans made up for that miscue by pressuring Almond, whose deep pass was then intercepted by the Tide's Jeffrey Dukes and Alabama then ran out the clock for a 30-21 victory.

South Carolina … Registered five tackles (3 solos) as he led a strong defensive effort that limited the Gamecocks to 71 yards on 19 carries and only 256 yards in total offense … In the third quarter, Ryans burst past left offensive tackle Na'Shan Goddard to pressure Heffner out of the pocket and the QB was then sacked for a 17-yard loss by cornerback Simeon Castille, causing a fumble that Goddard recovered at the SC 48.

Arkansas … Posted fifteen tackles (6 solos) with a 5-yard sack, two stops for losses of 9 yards, a 2-yard fumble recovery, a pressure and a pass deflection … Sacked QB Robert Johnson for a 5-yard loss on a third-and-5 play midway through the first quarter … Teamed with cornerback Simeon Castille to tackle tailback Felix Jones for a 5-yard loss on the Razorbacks' next drive … After Castille caused a fumble on a 7-yard sack of Johnson at the start of the third quarter, Ryans recovered the ball at the Arkansas 19 and advanced the ball 2 yards to set up an Alabama 36-yard field goal.

Florida … Followed with nine hits (5 solos), 1.5 sacks for minus 12 yards and a pressure … Chased down receiver Dallas Baker after a 42-yard reception midway through the second quarter … Slipped past center Mike Degory to sack QB Chris Leak for an 11-yard loss on Florida's next drive … Teamed with defensive end Mark Anderson to sack Leak for a 1-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

Mississippi … Held to two solo tackles, but caused a fumble when he brought down Taye Biddle after the receiver caught a third-and-9 pass from QB Michael Spurlock in the first quarter and safety Charlie Peprah recovered the ball at the UA 16.

Tennessee … Made eleven tackles (6 solos) with 1.5 stops for losses, a fumble recovery and a 7-yard interception return … On a third quarter punt return, the Vols' Lucas Taylor fumbled the ball and Ryans recovered it at midfield, setting up an Alabama 33-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half … Sealed the 6-3 victory when he intercepted an Erik Ainge pass and returned it 7 yards with 0:08 left on the clock.

Utah State … Was in on five tackles (2 solos) and a pressure.

Mississippi State … Limited to two solo tackles.

Louisiana State … Credited with four assisted hits.

Auburn … Produced six solo tackles and a pressure … Took down Kenny Irons for a 1-yard loss on a fourth quarter run with 3:31 remaining.

Texas Tech (Cotton Bowl) … Named the game's MVP after he came up with seven tackles (5 solos) and 1.5 sacks for minus 12 yards … Stopped a first quarter scoring drive with a tackle of QB Cody Hodges after an 8-yard pick up on a third-and-9 run … Sacked Hodges for an 8-yard loss later in the first quarter … Teamed with defensive end Mark Anderson to sack Hodges again for minus 9 yards late in the third quarter.

2004 Season

Academic All-District IV second-team selection by ESPN … Academic All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice … Second-team All-SEC pick by the league's coaches, earning honorable mention from the Associated Press … Earned CBS Sports Scholar Athlete of the Week honors for his performance vs. Auburn … Recipient of the team's Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award … Played in every game, starting the final eleven contests at strong-side outside linebacker … Limited early in the season while recovering from an August camp right ankle sprain, but still managed to finish second on the team with 79 tackles (48 solos) … Produced eight stops for losses of 13 yards and two quarterback pressures … Caused two fumbles and recovered another … Had a pair of pass deflections and one interception … Led a strong defensive effort that allowed opponents to average only 245.5 yards per game in total offense (led the SEC), an improvement of 114.7 yards per game from the 2003 season … Did not allow an opposing tight end to catch any passes in the South Carolina (Brian Brownlee), Kentucky (Eric Scott), Southern Mississippi (Otho Graves), Mississippi State (Eric Butler), Louisiana State (David Jones) and Minnesota (Jarod Posthumus, Music City Bowl) games.

2004 Game Analysis

Utah State … Came off the bench and saw limited action while continuing to recover from an August ankle sprain … Did not record any tackles.

Mississippi … Made three tackles as the defense allowed only 192 yards … Notable Plays- First Quarter-On a third-and-1 play from the UM 28, Ryans stopped tailback Vashon Pearson for no gain on a rushing attempt up the middle of the line (5:36).

Western Carolina … Posted a pair of assisted tackles and recovered a fumble as the Tide defense gave up only 191 yards in total offense … In the first quarter on a third-and-goal play, WCU tailback Bennett Swygert ran off left tackle for a 3-yard gain, but fumbled the ball when he was tackled by defensive end Mark Anderson. Ryans recovered the ball at the UA 1, killing a 9-play, 79-yard drive.

Arkansas … Helped hold the Razorbacks' dominate passing attack to only 122 yards as he collected ten tackles (6 solos), including one behind the line of scrimmage … Chased down Matt Jones after the QB gained 11 yards on a third-and-17 run in the third quarter … Forced Arkansas to punt when Ryans joined cornerback Ramzee Robinson in tackling tailback De'Arrius Howard for no gain on a first-and-10 run up the middle, killing a 7-play, 49-yard drive in the fourth quarter … Teamed with Robinson in stopping Howard for a 1-yard loss on a third-and-16 run over left tackle from the Tide 19 and two plays later, he joined line-backer Corneluis Wortham in tackling Hillis for no gain on a first-and-goal run over right tackle from the Tide 5.

South Carolina … Followed with five tackles as the Tide held the Gamecocks to 249 yards in total offense (46 yards passing.

Kentucky … Credited with nine solo tackles, two stops for losses of 5 yards, a pressure and a forced fumble … Paced a defensive effort that gave up only 77 yards on the ground and 177 yards in total offense … Broke free from offensive guard Matt Huff to tackle tailback Rafael Little for a 4-yard loss in the third quarter … On Kentucky's next drive,, QB Andre' Woodson gained 8 yards before Ryans tackled him, causing a fumble that the Wildcats recovered at the UK 41 (tight end Eric Scott returned the ball 4 yards before Cornelius Wortham tackled him.

Southern Mississippi … Was in on five tackles (4 solos) as the defense held USM to 171 yards in total offense.

Tennessee … Delivered seven tackles (6 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pressure … Deflected a pass and recorded his first career interception as the Tide defense held the Vols' heralded ground game to 63 yards on 34 carries and 195 yards in total offense … In the first quarter, QB Erik Ainge threw a pass that Ryans intercepted, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Tide tailback Tim Castille … Beat offensive tackle Albert Toeaina to bring down tailback Gerald Riggs for a 1-yard loss on a first-and-10 run in the fourth quarter.

Mississippi State … Made seven tackles with two stops for losses of 4 yards as the defense gave up only 240 yards in total offense … Executed a club move to bring down offensive tackle David Stewart, in order to get to tailback Fred Reid, stopping the runner for a 1-yard loss on a third-and-22 run around right end in the third quarter, forcing the Bulldogs to punt … Split through the gap between Stewart and offensive guard Will Rogers to haul down fullback Jerious Norwood for a 4-yard loss on a second-and-17 run off right tackle.

Louisiana State … Had a stop for a loss and nine tackles to help the Tide limit the Tigers to 283 yards in total offense … On the game's opening drive (14:55), Ryans pushed offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth to the ground and tackled tailback Alley Broussard for no gain on a second-and-10 run.

Auburn … Facing one of the most dominating one-two punch at running back in college football (Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown), Ryans registered eight tackles and caused a fumble as the defense limited the Tigers to 74 yards on 41 carries and 298 yards in total offense … In the second quarter, QB Jason Campbell hit tight end Cooper Wallace with a 12-yard crossing pattern pass, but Ryans caused a fumble when he tackled the Tiger and free safety Roman Harper recovered the ball at the Tide 46.

Minnesota (Music City Bowl) … Closed out the season with 13 tackles (10 solos) and a stop for a 2-yard loss.

2003 Season

Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice … Earned All-SEC first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report … CoSIDA Academic All-District IV selection … Started every game at weak-side outside linebacker … Led the team with a career-high 126 tackles (72 solos) … Only Woodrow Lowe (134 in 1973) registered more tackles in a season for the Tide … Had 2.5 sacks for minus 18 yards and ten stops for losses of 38 yards … Credited with five quarterback pressures … Caused and recovered a fumble … Helped a defense that allowed opponents to average 360.2 yards per game in total offense.

2003 Game Analysis

South Florida … Opened the season with seven tackles (4 solos) and a pressure as the Tide limited USF to 51 yards on 22 carries and 256 yards in total offense … At the USF 15 on a first-and-10 draw play, Dejuan Green gained 4 yards before being stopped by Ryans, but it was ruled no play and USF was penalized 9 yards for a personal foul after right offensive tackle Levi Newton shoved Ryans from behind.

Oklahoma … Followed with 16 tackles (6 solos) and two stops for losses of 4 yards as the defense gave up only 80 yards on 27 rushing attempts … Forced the Sooners to punt after Ryans tackled Lance Donley for a 3-yard gain on a third-and-6 pass from the OU 47 by QB Jason White in the second quarter … Teamed with defensive tackle Ahmad Childress to stop tailback Renaldo Works for a 1-yard loss after a second-and-6 run and two plays later, Ryans would pressure the backfield, causing the Sooners to miss wide left on a 31-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter … Split the crease between right offensive tackle Jammal Brown and guard Chris Bush to take down tailback Kejuan Jones for a 3-yard loss on a first-and-10 run off right guard in the fourth quarter.

Kentucky … Added seven tackles (5 solos) with a pair of pressures as the Tide allowed only 195 yards in total offense, including 26 yards on 23 carries … In the first quarter-On a third-and-5 play, Ryans pressured QB Jared Lorenzen out of the pocket and he was sacked for a 12-yard loss by linebacker Derrick Pope (11:02).

Northern Illinois … Delivered eight tackles (6 solos) with a pressure as the team held NIU to 267 yards in total offense … On the game's opening series, both Ryans and linebacker Derrick Pope took down tailback Michael Turner for no gain on a run up the middle of the line.

Arkansas … Named National Defensive Player of the Week by The NFL Draft Report after he set a school game-record with 25 tackles (13 solos) … He assisted on a 14-yard sack, had another stop for a 5-yard loss, along with a pressure and a forced fumble … His 25 tackles broke the old Tide mark of 24 by Wayne Davis vs. Texas A&M in 1985 … The only other Alabama player to record more than 20 tackles in a game was Mike Hall (24 vs. Clemson in 1968) … Took down offensive tackle Bo Lacy and then redirected in-line to assist defensive end N.M. Loescher in sacking QB Matt Jones for a 14-yard loss on a second-and-goal play from the Tide 8 in the first quarter. Two plays later, the Razorbacks would miss on a 32-yard field goal try … In the second quarter, Ryans hauled down tailback Cedric Cobb after the runner gained 22 yards on a second-and-5 run from the Tide 39 around right end and two plays later, Ryans tackled Matt Jones for a 5-yard loss on a third-and-3 bootleg … In overtime, Ryans caused Matt Jones to be flagged for intentional grounding (18 yards) on a third-and-7 play from the Tide 22.

Georgia … Posted nine tackles (6 solos) as Alabama limited the Bulldogs to 96 yards on 44 carries.

Southern Mississippi … Wreaked havoc in the backfield, coming up with 13 tackles (7 solos) and two sacks for minus 11 yards as USM was held to 17 carries for 35 yards … On the game's first play from scrimmage (15:00), Ryans stopped James Walley after the tailback gained one yard off right end on a first-and-10 play from the USM 20 … Slipped past offensive guard George Batiste to sack QB Damion Carter for a 6-yard loss on a second-and-8 play from the USM 17 and forced the Eagles to punt when on the next play … In the third quarter, Ryans sacked QB Dustin Almond for a 5-yard loss, forcing the Eagles to punt on the next play.

Tennessee … Registered 13 tackles (8 solos) with two stops for losses of 4 yards and recovered a fumble … Recovered a fumble at the UT 49 caused by Juwan Garth, who sacked QB Casey Clausen for a 14-yard loss, causing a fumble on a third-and-10 play from the UA 37 … In overtime, Ryans took down Corey Larkins for a 3-yard loss after a second-and-3 run up the middle from the UA 4.

Mississippi State … Followed with a 5-tackle (4 solos) performance as the Tide shut down MSU's running attack, which managed only 24 yards on 20 carries and allowed only 152 yards in total offense.

Louisiana State … Had four solo tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss … Tackled tailback Justin Vincent for minus 2 yards on a first-and-10 run off right end in the first quarter.

Auburn … Collected ten tackles (4 solos) with two stops for losses of 5 yards … In the third quarter, Ryans pushed center Danny Lindsay back through the rush lane and then tackled tailback Carnell Williams for a 4-yard loss … At the Tide 25 on a second-and-1 play, Ryans slipped past offensive tackle Marcus McNeill to tackle Williams for a 1-yard loss on a run off left end.

Hawaii … Held to a pair of solo tackles in the season finale.

2002 Season

Earned Freshman Academic All-SEC honors … Played in every game, starting vs. Hawaii at weak-side outside linebacker … Recorded 27 tackles (12 solos) with two stops behind the line of scrimmage while appearing in 312 plays … Recovered a fumble and credited with two quarterback pressures.

2002 Game Analysis

Middle Tennessee … Began his career with three tackles (2 assists), taking down QB Andrico Hines after a 4-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play from the MTSU 38 to open the second quarter.

Oklahoma and Tennessee … Added a solo tackle in each game.

North Texas … Had two solo tackles and recovered a fumble … In the second quarter, tail-ack Patrick Cobbs fumbled the ball after being tackled by linebacker Brooks Daniels and Ryans recovered it at the NTSU 26, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Tide halfback Ahmaad Galloway.

Arkansas … Had another two tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage … Beat offensive guard Mark Bokermann with a swim move to slip into the backfield and tackle tailback Cedric Cobbs for a 1-yard loss on a first-and-10 run off right guard from the Tide 41 in the third quarter.

Georgia … Registered a season-high four tackles (2 solos), including a stop behind the line of scrimmage … Teamed with defensive tackle Ahmad Childress in stopping Tony Milton for a 1-yard loss on a draw play in the first quarter.

Hawaii … Had a solo tackle and a pressure in his first career start … Stopped Chad Kapanui after a 10-yard gain on a fourth-and-15 run from the UH 12, setting up a Tide drive that was capped by Shaud Williams' 1-yard touchdown run.

Injury Report

2004: Suffered a right ankle sprain at the start of August camp. He did not miss any games, but did not start the season opener vs. Utah State.

2005: Could not run on March Pro Day (3/15) due to strains in both hamstrings.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.63 in the 40-yard dash … 395-pound bench press … 565-pound squat … 34-inch vertical jump … 32 1/8-inch arm length … 8 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 19/28 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Jess Lanier (Bessemer, Ala.) High School, playing football for coach Willie T. Ford … Super All-State and Academic All-State selection and was named to The Tuscaloosa News Sweet Sixteen and The Birmingham Post-Herald Super Senior teams as a senior …

Rated the fifth-best linebacker in the Southeast by Prep Star and the best prospect in the state of Alabama … Recorded 135 tackles with eleven sacks, two forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions during his final prep campaign … Also earned Academic All-State team honors.

Personal

Business Management major, earning Academic All-Southeastern Conference honors three times and Academic All-District IV accolades twice … Has a 3.42 grade point average … Son of Martha Ryans and Morgan Turner … Born 7/28/84 … Resides in Bessemer, Alabama.

 
 
 

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