Skilled defensive lineman ... veteran performer ... integral component in Army's defensive front wall ... plays game with great deal of passion ... features tireless "motor" ... boasts aggressive mentality ... lends physical nature up front ... capable of playing either defensive end or defensive tackle positions ...began playing sport during sophomore year of high school ... brings high level of energy into every snap ... owns valued play-making talents ... solid run-stopper with ability to put heat on opponent's quarterback ... will be counted on for high level of performance in final season ... expected to fill key role up front after sitting out spring drills while recovering from shoulder surgery ... should be at full strength in time for start of preseason camp ... two-year letterman.
2004: Played in all 11 games ... drew seven starting assignments ... stint with lead cast in opener versus Louisville marked first career start ... accrued 12 tackles, including one for loss ... recorded first career fumble recovery during Army's visit to Tulane ... forged season-high four stops at Houston ... posted pair of hits during defeat of USF ... added two tackles in home finale against UAB ... lone hit versus Louisville came in enemy backfield ... added one stop during win over Cincinnati ... credited with one stop against both Air Force and Navy.
2003: Appeared in 11 of 13 contests ... suffered what appeared to be season-ending foot injury against Air Force ... missed next week's contest versus Houston ... returned to limited duty against Hawai'i before aggravating injury ... sat out season finale against Navy ... closed season with 19 tackles, including three for loss ... credited with 12 primary hits ... notched one sack as well ... stops behind line of scrimmage resulted in 10 yards of losses for opponents ... recorded career-best five tackles, including one for loss, in home date with Rutgers ... chipped in with three stops during season opener against Connecticut ... added two hits and first career quarterback sack versus Tulane ... sack resulted in seven-yard loss for Green Wave ... chipped in with two tackles against USF, TCU, UAB and Hawai'i.
2002: Hampered by foot injury throughout rookie season ... returned to lineup late in year ... saw action in final two games of season ... drew field duty against both Memphis and Navy ... registered two tackles in limited playing time ... recorded single stops in both showings.
High School: Two-time all-county performer at Osceola High in Seminole, Fla. ... played for head coach George Palmer ... All-Suncoast selection ... academic all-county choice as well ... team's defensive most valuable player each of final two seasons ... two-time letterwinner ... earned three additional varsity letters in wrestling, one in track and field ... specialized in shot put and discus events on track ... team captain in both football and wrestling as a senior ... standout wrestler ... placed third in state during junior year with 34-4 record ... registered 30 victories by pin that year ... served as co-editor of school yearbook.
Personal: Born May 1, 1984 ... given name is Thomas Robert Ryan Jr. ... mother's name is Beverly Ryan ... loves to fish ... enjoys rap music ... lists favorite football team as Tampa Bay Buccaneers and favorite player as Warren Sapp ... majoring in Systems Engineering.
RYAN'S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Year G-GS TT PT AT TFL QBS FR PD Int.
2002 2-0 2 2 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
2003 11-0 19 12 7 3-10 1-7 0 0 0
2004 11-7 12 5 7 1-2 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 24-7 33 19 14 4-12 1-7 1 0 0
Tackles: 5 vs. Rutgers, 9-13-03
Tackles for Loss: 1, Several times
Sacks: 1 vs. Tulane, 9-20-03
Fumble Recoveries: 1 vs. Tulane, 11-13-04