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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior football player Matt Ryan (Howell) has received additional recognition for his impressive play this past season by being named to the 2010 Daktronics Super Region Three First Team.
The 6-1 linebacker was among six Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) players earned all-region first team recognition and one of five from the league tabbed to the defensive first team in voting conducted by the region's sports information directors.
As an all-region first team recipient, Ryan is now eligible to receive consideration for the Daktronics Division II Football All-America Team. The announcement of the All-America teams is expected to be on Dec. 14th, preceding the NCAA Division II Football Championship, which takes place Dec. 18 in Florence, Ala.
Ryan earned All-GLIAC laurels for the second consecutive season and was a first team selection as a senior after being tabbed as a second-team choice a year ago. He paced the conference with a league-high 128 tackles in conference play and concluded the regular-season ranked third nationally in Division II at 11.64 tackles per game. The veteran linebacker also served as a team captain and was chosen as FSU's team Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year in 2010 along with being tabbed as the program's Most Valuable Defensive Skill Player Award winner.
Ryan compiled 56 solo hits to go with 72 assists this season in addition to 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, two passes defended, one quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. The two-year starter had 10 tackles or more in nine outings this campaign, including a season-high 16 stops at Indianapolis (Oct. 30).
He concluded his Bulldog career with 250 tackles in 38 games and had 108 solo stops. His career totals also include 10 tackles for loss (-34 yards), four sacks (-24 yards), four passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries along with one interception.
With his selection, Ryan becomes the first Bulldog player to attain first-team all-region recognition since former standout defensive tackle Jake Visser was honored in 2008. Ryan's play this past season helped the Bulldogs win five of their first six outings and led to a four-win improvement over a year ago.
The all-region team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from Super Region Three, which is made up of football playing institutions in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
A total of 13 players were recognized from the GLIAC with 18 selections from the NSIC and 17 by the RMAC schools. FSU was one of seven schools from the GLIAC to have at least one individual recognized on one of the one all-region teams.
In addition to the all-region teams, Minnesota-Duluth's Issac Odim was tabbed as the Daktronics Super Region Three Offensive Player of the Year while the defensive nod went to Marc Schiechl of Colorado Mines.
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