Saw action in nine games (three starts, two at the mike linebacker spot and the other at the sam outside position due to injuries), playing 205 snaps from scrimmage. He sprained a knee in the season opener against Colorado State, and tried to make a go of it in the second week against Sacramento State, but after six plays, it was apparent he couldn't continue; he then missed the next three games. He posted 32 tackles on the year, 24 solo, one for a loss, three for zero, with two third down stops. He had a season-high seven tackles (six solo) at USC, and made six (five solo) against Washington when he also forced a fumble; he had five tackles in three other games: Oregon, Stanford (when he saw his most action of the year, 54 snaps) and Utah.
He had entered the fall atop the depth chart at the "mike" inside linebacker position, but was to be limited in what he could do early on in August camp as he continued rehabilitation following knee surgery in November 2011. He was on the official watch list for the Dick Butkus Award (one of 51 players to earn the mention). He was presented with the Clancy A. Herbst Jr. Student-Athlete Achievement Award at the school's annual Academic Recognition banquet in April, as the honor is presented to athletes who overcome personal, academic or emotional difficulties to succeed both academically and athletically. In-between two knee surgeries, Rippy lost a longtime childhood friend, Damiko Russell, in a drive-by shooting in Columbus.
Started the first seven games at inside linebacker (the "mike" spot), before being sidelined the remainder of season after being felled by a knee injured and subsequent surgery. He still earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors from the league coaches (Phil Steele's College Football had tabbed him mid-season third-team All-Conference). He was the team's leading tackler through six games (52 at the time) and had added 10 more against Washington until he suffered torn ligaments (ACL and MCL) in the game in Seattle on Oct. 15; he underwent surgery on Nov. 15. He still finished fifth on the Buffs in tackles for the year with 62, 43 of which were solo that included five fore losses and three quarterback sacks.
He added three tackles for zero (giving him eight at or behind the line of scrimmage), two third stops, three quarterback hurries, a caused interception and a touchdown save. He had three games with double-digit tackle numbers, including a career-high 14 against California (nine solo, two for losses with a sack); he had 12 at Stanford (nine solo) and 10 against Washington (seven solo with one for a loss). His other sacks came against Colorado State and at Ohio State. He earned eight special team points on the strength of three tackles (one solo), three knockdown blocks and two forced fair catches. The coaches selected him as the Fred Casotti Award winner following spring practice, the honor going to the top junior-to-be.
He saw action in all 12 games (no starts), in each on special teams and in six on defense as a backup inside linebacker. He was in for 27 snaps from scrimmage, recording four tackles (one solo); three of those came against California, otherwise he had an assist versus Colorado State. He was a key performer on special teams, finishing third on the team in special team points with 23; those included a team season-high seven against Kansas State. He earned the points via six tackles (four solo, one inside-the-20), eight knockdown blocks, six first downfield credits that altered the opponents' return path and two wedge breaks. He moved to inside linebacker from the outside during the spring, when he had 10 tackles in the three main spring scrimmages. In spring conditioning tests, his 35-inch vertical leap tied for sixth-best on the team, showing he was fully recovered from postseason arthroscopic knee surgery by mid-January.
Saw action in the first six games of the season, including one start at outside linebacker (at Toledo). He was hobbled by a sprained knee the second half of the year and underwent arthroscopic surgery in early December. He was in for 67 snaps from scrimmage in five of those six games before he got hurt, registering six tackles (one solo, a quarterback sack versus Wyoming). He also had a hurry, and tied the school record for the most blocked kicks in a game when he got his hands on two punts at Toledo (when he was in on a season/career-high three tackles, all assists). He earned eight special teams points on the strength of three tackles (two solo, one inside-the-20), the two punt blocks, a knockdown block and wedge break. FoxSports.com (Scout.com) named him to its preseason Redshirt Freshman All-America team.
Redshirted; practiced at both inside and outside linebacker over the course of the fall. He dressed for 10 games overall but was never pressed into duty.
He earned All-Midwest Region honors from both PrepStar and SuperPrep as a senior team captain, when he was named first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference and All-District. SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 59 overall player in the Midwest (and the 11th best linebacker). Scout.com ranked him as the No. 20 player in Ohio and as the No. 16 linebacker in the nation, while Rivals.com pegged him as the 31st best player in the state and as the No. 59 linebacker in the country. He played just the one year at Trotwood-Madison, recording 80 tackles, with 12 tackles for loss including five quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, three recoveries and eight passes broken up from the linebacker position. He attended Linden-McKinley High School in Columbus prior to relocating to Trotwood, and as a junior, he was named honorable mention All-State and first-team All-Conference, All-District and All-City at linebacker. He registered 180 tackles (148 solo), including 22 tackles for loss with nine quarterback sacks, 10 passes broken up, three forced fumbles, two recoveries and an interception. On offense, he played as many as four positions: quarterback, running back, tight end and wide receiver. He finished the season with 350 yards rushing and two touchdowns; 120 yards passing and three touchdowns; and 15 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns. His top game as a senior came in a 31-25 victory over Edgewood in double overtime, as he had 13 tackles and a sack. His top game his junior season came in a 22-12 loss to Mifflin, when he had 18 tackles and three sacks on defense, and two touchdowns on offense (one rushing, one receiving). Under head coach Maurice Douglass, Trotwood-Madison went 8-4 in Rippy's senior season, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs; Linden McKinley was 0-10 his junior season. He also lettered three times as a prep in basketball, playing small forward and power forward, and once in track.
ACADEMICS: He is majoring in History and Ethnic Studies at Colorado. A National Honor Society member in high school who has maintained a 3.2 grade average (he took several AP classes).
2011: Suffered a season-ending torn ACL against Washington in the third Pac-12 game.
He was born November 13, 1989 in Philadelphia, Pa., and has four siblings, two brothers and two sisters. He enjoys playing basketball, video games, listening to music and reading. He names his mother (Nadene), his stepfather (David Blackwell) and his football coach his junior year (Timothy McKinley) as the most influential people in his life. Three cousins are or have played college basketball at Division I programs: Chris Wright played at Dayton (leading scorer as a senior in 2010-11) and Greg Moore played at Cincinnati; first cousin A.J. Davis played two seasons of basketball (guard) at Wyoming, and then transferred to James Madison where he will be an eligible junior this fall. His second cousin is CU teammate Rodney Stewart, as both were members of CU's 2008 recruiting class. It was Rippy who told the coaches about his nearby relative.