Jake Ryan (American football)

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Jake Ryan
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Michigan WolverinesNo. 47
Linebacker Redshirt Junior
Date of birth: (1992-02-27) February 27, 1992 (age 22)
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career history
High school: Cleveland (OH) Saint Ignatius
Bowl games
Career highlights and awards

Jacob William "Jake" Ryan (born February 27, 1992) is an American football linebacker who has completed his redshirt junior season in 2013 for the Michigan Wolverines football team. He was a 2011 ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman selection as well as a 2011 College Football News All-Freshman honorable mention for the 2011 team. As a sophomore, he was a 2012 All-Big Ten second team selection.

High school career[edit]

In high school, Ryan was rated as the 30th best high school football inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com.[1] He was rated as the 60th and 81st best outside linebacker in the national class of 2010 by ESPN.com and Scout.com, respectively.[2][3] He was regarded as the 34th best player in the state of Ohio by Rivals.[1] Ryan was a participant in the Ohio North-South All-Star game.[4] He recovered the onside kick to secure the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) championship as a junior.[5] Ryan had offers from Ball State, Toledo and a number of other Mid-American Conference, but he grew 2 inches (5.08 cm) and 20 pounds (9.1 kg) prior to his senior year. Since Saint Ignatius High School has many Michigan Wolverine alumni, Ryan suspects that sudden late interest from Michigan was prompted by one of them.[6]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jake Ryan
Westlake, Ohio Saint Ignatius High (OH) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.6 Jan 18, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 81 (OLB)   Rivals: 30 (ILB), 34 (OH)  ESPN: 60 (OLB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.



Ryan at Michigan Stadium, Sept. 2012
Ryan playing in 2012

Ryan redshirted his freshman year for the 2010 Michigan Wolverines football team.[7] As a redshirt freshman, he started in the September 3 opener for the 2011 team against Western Michigan as a result of a back injury to Cam Gordon. In the game, Ryan deflected a pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.[8] He went on to start 11 games and play in all 13.[9] On September 24, 2011 against new head coach Brady Hoke's former team, San Diego State, Ryan had two fumble recoveries.[10] His first career quarterback sack came on October 1 in the Little Brown Jug rivalry game against Minnesota.[11] It was his only sack that year until the final game of the season. In the January 3, 2012 Sugar Bowl 23–20 overtime victory against Virginia Tech, Ryan had 4 tackles for a loss, including one sack and one 22-yard loss by David Wilson.[9][12] During the game, he had his season-high 7 tackles (6 solo).[11] For the season, he earned 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman team recognition from both ESPN.com and BTN.com as well as 2011 Rivals.com 2nd team All-Freshman and College Football News All-Freshman honorable mention honors.[13][14][15][16] Ryan finished among the conference leaders in tackles for a loss/game (.85, t-15th).[17]

Prior to the second game of the 2012 season against Air Force Ryan's number was changed from 90 to 47 following a ceremony for Bennie Oosterbaan in which his retired number was placed back into circulation as a Michigan Football Legend jersey.[18] On October 13, Ryan was selected as Big Ten Defensive player of the week when he posted a career-high 11 tackles (3.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks).[19] Ryan was named an All-Big Ten second team selection by the media and an honorable mention selection by the coaches.[20][21]

During Spring practice in 2013, Ryan torn his anterior cruciate ligament.[22][23] When Ryan was initially injured in the spring, there was no official diagnosis of his expected return to football, but ACL injuries typically require a year to fully heal.[24] By August Ryan was expected to return to the field in mid October.[25] On August 25, 2013, he was named one of four team co-captains along with Taylor Lewan, Courtney Avery and Cam Gordon.[26] Ryan was cleared to play by doctors on October 7, ahead of the October 12 contest against Penn State.[27]


He comes from a family of football players: brothers, Connor (wide receiver)[28] and Zack (linebacker)[29] play for Ball State; father, Tim, was also a wide receiver at Wake Forest (1980–84); grandfather, Francis E. Sweeney, American politician and jurist, played defensive tackle for Xavier as well as in the Canadian Football League.[5] Ryan is a Catholic.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Jake Ryan". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Jake Ryan". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Jake Ryan". Scout.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ Hankerson, Eugene. "GBW Interview: Jake Ryan". Scout.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ a b "Jake Ryan 90". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  6. ^ Birkett, Dave (2010-01-25). "Late-blooming linebacker Jake Ryan happy to be a Michigan football recruit". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  7. ^ a b Cunningham, Pete (2011-09-29). "Talking with Michigan redshirt freshman linebacker Jake Ryan". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  8. ^ Meinke, Kyle (2011-11-02). "Freshman linebacker Jake Ryan is becoming Michigan's mane man despite 'unorthodox' style". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  9. ^ a b Nesbitt, Stephen J. (2012-01-04). "Ryan's play vindicates Michigan defense in rollercoaster Sugar Bowl performance". Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  10. ^ "Box Score (Final): 2011 Michigan Football: San Diego State vs Michigan (Sep 24, 2011 at Ann Arbor, MI)". CSTV.com. 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  11. ^ a b "Team: Michigan: Year: 2011 Thru 12/31/11: Player: Jake Ryan". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  12. ^ "Individual Statistics (Final): 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl: #13 Michigan vs #11 Virginia Tech (Jan. 3, 2012 at New Orleans, La.)". AllStateSugarBowl.org. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  13. ^ "Watkins leads Freshman All-America Team". Rivals.com. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  14. ^ Rittenberg, Adam and Brian Bennett (2011-12-13). "ESPN.com's Big Ten All-Freshman team". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  15. ^ Dienhart, Tom (2011-12-12). "BTN.com’s 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman Team". Big Ten Network. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  16. ^ Cirminiello, Richard (2011-12-09). "2011 CFN All-Freshman Defensive Team". College Football News. Scout.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  17. ^ "2011 Big Ten Football: Leaders". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  18. ^ "Oosterbaan Named Michigan Football Legend, Ryan to Don No. 47". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  19. ^ "Ryan Tabbed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  20. ^ "Lewan, Hagerup Win Top Position Awards at Big Ten Banquet". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2012 All-Big Ten Teams and Select Individual Award Winners". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  22. ^ "U-M Linebacker Jake Ryan Out Indefinitely with Torn ACL". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  23. ^ Jennings, Chantel (2013-03-20). "Michigan's Jake Ryan has torn ACL". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  24. ^ Fornelli, Tom (2013-03-20). "Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan has a torn ACL". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  25. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (2013-08-20). "Michigan's Roy Manning on Jake Ryan's recovery: 'It's like he's not even injured'". MLive.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  26. ^ "@umichfootball status update". Twitter. 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  27. ^ Helfand, Zach (2013-10-07). "Notebook: Jake Ryan cleared by doctors, could return as early as Saturday". Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  28. ^ "Connor Ryan". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  29. ^ "Zack Ryan". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 

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