The AFCA and AP Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-American totaled 46 tackles, four interceptions, and four pass deflections in a 2011 campaign that also featured a 48-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Elon. A three-time All-SoCon selection, he finished his Paladin tenure with 180 tackles and tallied 38 passes defensed and 14 interceptions, the third and fourth best marks, respectively, in Paladin football history. He returned three pickoffs for touchdowns, forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles, recorded a sack, and blocked three kicks in his career.
Steed, a consensus All-Southern Conference selection and Phil Steele FCS All-American in 2010, registered 65 tackles (two for loss) and paced Furman with four interceptions and nine pass deflections. Steed also forced three fumbles. He returned two pickoffs for scores, covering 57 yards against Samford and 63 yards versus Chattanooga. In addition, he had an 89-yard fumble return against Georgia Southern that set up a touchdown.
Fashioned an excellent sophomore campaign...started at boundary cornerback in all 11 games and earned All-SoCon first team honors in voting by league media...racked up 59 tackles...led the team with four interceptions and 57 yards in returns...also paced the squad with 11 pass deflections....recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in Furman's 38-20 win over Chattanooga...recorded a pair of interceptions for 45 yards, including a 43-yard return for a touchdown versus Georgia Southern (30-22 win)...notched six tackles, an interception, and a season high three pass breakups versus Samford (26-24 win).
Quickly emerged as key contributor and playmaker in his first season in the Paladin program...joined fellow cornerback Jordan Griffin and wide receiver David Hendrix in being named to the SoCon Coaches All-Freshman Team...saw action in all 12 games, including quality, productive work on special teams...compiled 10 tackles and two interceptions...blocked two punts...had a season high three tackles versus The Citadel (34-20 win)...had an interception return for 15 yards against Mars Hill (62-14 win) in his collegiate debut...also picked off a pass, which he returned 33 yards against sixth-ranked Delaware (23-21 win)...first blocked punt was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by teammate Masharn Austin in a 35-10 win over Chattanooga...second blocked punt came against Western Carolina (28-21 win)...recipient of Furman's Whitey Kendall Specialist Award.
2008 graduate of Pinewood Preparatory (3A) School...football coach was Pinckney Guerard...played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and cornerback and also served as a return specialist...earned all-region, Charleston Post & Courier second team All-Low Country, and all-state honors as a quarterback after pacing his team to a 6-5 record his senior year...rushed for 696 yards and 11 touchdowns and passed for 579 yards and nine TDs...registered four interceptions...named Shrine All-Star Classic Outstanding Defensive Player-of-the-Game...decorated basketball player who played on two SCISA state championship teams at Pinewood Prep...earned all-region, all-state, and state all-tournament team honors his sophomore and junior years.
Full name is Ryan Justin Steed...son of John and Lisa S. King...born July 21, 1990, in Charleston, South Carolina...has a sister Ashley...father, Ernest Steed, played basketball at Spartanburg Methodist College.