44 - Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Howell, Mich.
High School: Howell
Position: OLB

Coming off an MVP season . . . Good athlete and intelligent player . . . Plays game well . . . High-energy player . . . Regarded as a throwback college football player . . . Has the ability to help serve as a coach on the field . . . Shows good instincts . . . Fine all-around tackler . . . Has battled injuries throughout his career . . . Started all 11 games in 2009 . . . Was an All-GLIAC Second Team honoree for his performance . . . Chosen as FSU's 2009 team Most Valuable Player . . . Led the team with 124 total tackles . . . Netted 54 unassisted tackles and 70 assisted stops . . . Also had 4.5 tackles for loss (-22 yards) . . . Added 2.5 sacks (-19 yards), two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry . . . Played in 11 games as a reserve and on special teams in 2008 . . . Finished with eight tackles, including six solo stops . . . Played in six games as a reserve in 2007 . . . Tallied two tackles . . . Did not see game action in 2006 . . . 2005 FSU Tomorrow’s Team Defensive Player of the Year . . . Redshirted in 2005 . . . Attained first-team All-Kensington Valley Conference honors in senior year at Howell High . . . Coached by his uncle, Mike Ryan, who played at Central Michigan (1983-88) . . . A 2005 graduate . . . Earned first-team all-county and offensive team MVP honors in senior season . . . Garnered all-conference and all-county second-team kudos as a junior . . . Two-time (2003-04) team captain . . . Accumulated 48 tackles with five interceptions as a senior in helping Highlanders to a 7-3 overall record and a state playoff appearance . . . Rushed for 753 yards and 15 TD’s while catching seven passes for 190 yards and four TD’s in final prep campaign . . . Compiled 83 stops with five pass sacks as a junior . . . Tied school record for most single-season TD’s (21) . . . Competed four years in baseball . . . Named All-KVC Second Team and all-county first team . . . Led county in strikeouts and earned run average . . . His cousin, T.J. Johnson, played pro baseball in the Cincinnati Reds’ organzation . . . FSU Letters: Three . . . Birthdate: 1/1/87 . . . Major: History Education.

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