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Jake Ryan, OLB

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Westlake, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 240 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Career Notes
Four-year letterman ... appeared in 46 contests at linebacker and defensive end, making 41 starts ... prior to Air Force game on Sept. 8, 2012, switched from No. 90 jersey to No. 47 for remainder of career in honor of "Michigan Football Legend" Bennie Oosterbaan ... has registered a TFL in 30 of his last 40 games ... ... tied for 2nd on U-M's career forced fumbles list (7) ... ranks 7th on U-M's career tackles for loss list (44.5).
2014 Season
All-Big Ten first team (coaches and media) ... earned fourth varsity letter ... appeared in 12 games, making 12 starts ... recorded 112 tackles, 14 TFLs, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 29) ... recorded eight tackles, including one TFL ... MARYLAND (Nov. 22) ... tallied a career-high 14 tackles ... NORTHWESTERN (Nov. 8) ... posted 11 tackles, including 0.5 TFLs ... INDIANA (Nov. 1) ... recorded team-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 TFLs and a career-high two forced fumbles ... MICHIGAN STATE (Oct. 25) ... led team with 12 tackles, including one TFL ... PENN STATE (Oct. 11) ... posted 10 tackles and three TFLs, including one sack... RUTGERS (Oct. 4) ... recorded eight tackles, including two TFLs ... MINNESOTA (Sept. 27) ... posted five tackles ... UTAH (Sept. 20) ... tallied a career-high 13 tackles, including a season-high three TFLs ... MIAMI (OH) (Sept. 13) ... recorded six tackles and two quarterback hurries ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 6) ... matched career high with 11 tackles ... APPALACHIAN STATE (Aug. 30) ... posted three tackles, including one TFL.
2013 Season
Named Team Captain ... Roger Zatkoff Award (given to U-M's top linebacker) ... Named to 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List ... earned third varsity letter ... appeared in eight games at linebacker, making five starts ... made 30 tackles and 4.5 TFL ... KANSAS STATE (Dec. 28) ... tallied four tackles, including 0.5 for a loss ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 30) made four solo tackles, including one TFL ... NORTHWESTERN (Nov. 16) ... registered four tackles ... MICHIGAN STATE (Nov. 2) ... made first start of the season ... PENN STATE (Oct. 12) ... made season debut after injuring ACL in spring practice ... registered one TFL.
2012 Season
All-Big Ten second team (media) and honorable mention (coaches) ... Phil Steele's Postseason All-Big Ten second team ... Roger Zatkoff Award (given to U-M's top linebacker) ... earned second varsity letter ... started all 13 games at linebacker and/or defensive end ... led team in total tackles (88), solo stops (56), tackles for loss (16), sacks (4.5) and forced fumbles ... ranked third in Big Ten in tackles-for-loss with 16.0 ... tied Michigan single-season record for forced fumbles (4) ... Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 15 ... SOUTH CAROLINA (Jan. 1) ... tallied four tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a half-sack .... posted one fumble recovery ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 24) ... recorded nine tackles, 2.0 TFLs, two forced fumbles and one sack ... MINNESOTA (Nov. 3) ... tallied nine tackles and 3.0 TFLs ... NEBRASKA (Oct. 27) ... tallied four tackles and 0.5 TFLs ... MICHIGAN STATE (Oct. 20) ... posted 10 tackles, one sack, one TFL and one forced fumble ... ILLINOIS (Oct. 13) ... matched career high with 11 tackles, including 3.5 TFLs ... PURDUE (Oct. 6) ... recorded six tackles and 2.0 TFLs, including one sack ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 22) ... posted five tackles (all solo stops) and one pass breakup ... MASSACHUSETTS (Sept. 15) ... recorded four tackles and 0.5 TFLs ... AIR FORCE (Sept. 8.) ... tallied a career-high 11 tackles, including seven solo stops, two pass breakups and 1.0 TFLs ... ALABAMA (Sept. 1) ... tallied five tackles and 0.5 TFLs.
2011 Season
Sugar Bowl champion ... earned first varsity letter ... ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... played all 13 games at linebacker and/or defensive end, starting 11 (Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, San Diego State, Minnesota, Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Virginia Tech) ... had 37 tackles, 11 TFLs, three sacks and two fumble recoveries ... VIRGINIA TECH (Jan. 3) ... set career high and tied Sugar Bowl record with four TFLs ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 26) ... made three tackles and added an assisted sack ... NEBRASKA (Nov. 19) ... recorded three tackles, an assisted sack and first career forced fumble ... ILLINOIS (Nov. 12) ... PURDUE (Oct. 29) ... four tackles, including one TFL for a loss of five yards ... MINNESOTA (Oct. 1) ... made one solo tackle for first career sack ... SAN DIEGO STATE (Sept. 24) ... recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, and first two career fumble recoveries ... WESTERN MICHIGAN (Sept. 3) ... made career debut and first collegiate start at strongside linebacker, notching one assisted tackle and deflecting a pass into the air that Brandon Herron intercepted and returned 94 yards for a touchdown.
2010 Season
Did not see game action ... redshirted.
High School
Attended St. Ignatius High School (2010) coached by Chuck Kyle ... ran 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds ... member of the state championship team during his junior year ... Key Statistics ... registered 104 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... Honors and Rankings ... earned All-Ohio honors as a senior ... shared Defensive Player of the Year honors for Northeast District senior year.
Injury Report
2013: Suffered a torn ACL during spring practice.
Jacob William Ryan was born Feb. 27, 1992 ... brother, Connor, was a wide receiver at Ball State ... father, Tim, was a wide receiver at Wake Forest (1980-84) ... grandfather, Francis Sweeney, was a defensive tackle at Xavier and went on to play in the Canadian Football League ... from the same high school as former Wolverines Pat and Mike Massey, Pat Kratus and Trent Zenkewicz ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in sociology.
Player News
05/04/2015 - The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Ryan was a fixture on Michigan's defense the last four seasons, starting 41 games. That number would have been higher had Ryan not missed the first half of the 2013 season as he completed a hasty recovery from a torn ACL, which the Packers didn't consider to be a lingering issue. While stressing no starting positions have been delegated as the Packers move on without veterans A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones, who were cut in February, McCarthy suggested Ryan is already being viewed as starting-caliber at inside linebacker. Green Bay has to fill both starting spots in its base 3-4 scheme, though third-year player Sam Barrington seemingly holds one spot after a productive starting stint the final seven games of last season, including the playoffs.

Ryan made a seamless transition from outside to inside linebacker his final season at Michigan. "We'll get 'em all here, and they'll compete, and the best players will play," McCarthy said. "I think Jake will do a heck of a job. I think he's an excellent fit for the way we want to play." Lauded for his instincts in playing the linebacker position, Ryan already knows what's at stake when he arrives in Green Bay for the rookie orientation camp next weekend. "It would be awesome to make an impact," he said. - The Sports Xchange


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